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Beckman Foundation to Fund Student Research

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The University of San Diego’s commitment to undergraduate research has been rewarded with a significant funding award from a prestigious California-based foundation and, as a result, five USD students will reap the benefits of a full academic year’s worth of research funding.

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, based in Irvine, Calif., informed USD in late February that it would provide $130,000 to fund five Beckman Scholar Awards made payable over a three-year term. The university, one of 35 finalists, was “strongly recommended” by a 12-member board of distinguished professors to the foundation’s board of directors.

Each student recipient, beginning with two this summer, will receive $26,000 in funding — $21,000 directly which is broken into segments for the first and second summer as well as the fall and spring semester. An additional $5,000 is earmarked for the scholar’s designated mentor, but it is restricted to costs that will benefit the scholar’s travel, supplies needs and costs associated with being published in undergraduate journals.

News of this award is exciting for USD’s dedication to undergraduate research and, immediately, for Bette Webster, a junior biochemistry major, and Stephanie Gorczyca, a sophomore biophysics major. They are the first two students chosen for the Beckman Scholars Award that’s open to USD students with a 3.5 grade-point average or above and are majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics or biophysics. Another important aspect is the selection of a faculty mentor. Both students will work with a top female professor in their respective field at USD. (Full Article)

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