The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation invites you to submit an application for a 2014 Beckman Scholars Program Award. In the fall of 1997, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation announced the Beckman Scholars Program. Its purpose is to help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented undergraduate students at our nation’s universities and colleges; young people who ultimately will become prominent leaders in their scientific and professional pursuits. The research activities are to be centered in chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences or some interdisciplinary combination of these subjects. The Beckman Scholars Program is a merit-based program; issues of gender, race and financial need should not be considered contributing factors in the application process. We believe that the generous student financial support which provides for in-depth, sustained undergraduate research experiences and the related Beckman Scholars Annual Symposium offer an academically stimulating and very distinctive educational experience.
For the year 2013, after considering undergraduate research quality and commitment indicators at universities and colleges across the country,126 were invited to submit applications for consideration for institutional Beckman Scholars Program Awards. Following a review of the highly competitive applications, an advisory panel of 12 distinguished academic teacher/scholars assisted the foundation in selecting 25 finalist institutions. After extensive review and discussion of final applications, the panel recommended, and the Foundation Board of Directors approved, 10 institutional awards supporting 53 Beckman Scholars across the nation.
Your institution may submit one application for an award.
Please refer to: http://www.beckman-foundation.com/bsp-appstartpg.html for more detailed information regarding this initiative, including the program announcement, guidelines and application forms. The application must include a cover page containing institutional endorsements from the chief academic officer and academic dean(s) for the participating academic unit(s). The application must also include the completed institutional and faculty mentor data pages. We encourage you to share this information with appropriate individuals at your institution.
As this is the first year that we are using an online grants system, and to ensure that we have all of your application materials for review, you are required to submit the following versions of your 2014 BSP Application:
· Mail ORIGINAL and two (2) copies to the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
· Email a PDF of this copy to email@example.com
· Complete the online application process
All formats of your application must be submitted to the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation prior to Friday, June 14, 2013, 5:00 P.M. PST. Any materials received after Friday, June 14, 2013 will be eliminated from the competition.
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation established by Dr. and Mrs. Beckman in 1977. The mission of the foundation is to make grants to non-profit research institutions to promote research in chemistry and the life sciences, broadly interpreted, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.
If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact the foundation at (949) 721-2222 or email the Beckman Scholars Program Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information regarding other programs supported by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is available on our Website at http://www.beckman-foundation.com.
Please submit a nomination letter from the Dean or Chair to email@example.com by Thursday, April 11, 2013. This letter signifies that the Dean or Chair have ensured the nominee’s eligibility per the sponsor’s requirements, and that the nominee and application are likely to be of sufficient quality to be competitive nationally. Full applications are due to the sponsor on 6/14/13, so you will need to have your materials in to the Office of Sponsored Programs by 6/7/13 for processing if given the go ahead by the review committee.
Investigators who identify a grant, award or fellowship program that restricts the number of applications that can be submitted from an Institution should immediately contact their Chairperson, Associate Dean for Research (or Dean, if no ADR) and the Office of Research (see below) if they intend to prepare a response. Failure to do so, or to meet the deadlines for submission of pre-proposal, will preclude submission of the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs.
For general inquiries, or to request a listing of a limited submission opportunity that should be but is not already listed, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.