2003-2006 Beckman Scholars Program at UMBC provided a comprehensive plan for scientific
research, ethics instruction, leadership skill development and career
guidance and counseling under the supervision of Program Directors Dr.
Lasse Lindahl and Dr. Ralph Pollack. Each Beckman Scholar matched his
or her interests with those of a Beckman research mentor and then devoted
a minimum15 months on an independent and meaningful research project in
that mentor's laboratory at UMBC. The progression of each research experience
- A beginning ten-week summer research experience,
- An academic year research experience involving ten
hours per week, and
- A concluding ten-week summer research experience.
Beckman Scholars received generous stipends
totaling up to $14,600 per student for their research time and benefitted
from additional support of $3,000 per student for laboratory supplies
and participation in scientific meetings. (Please note that student
payments and other benefits from participating in this program may have
had income tax obligations. For more information, please consult a tax
professional and/or the IRS. You may also wish to review IRS
Publication 970, "Tax Benefits for Education.")
Participants received individual academic and leadership development advising
from their Beckman Research Mentors, the Program Directors and the UMBC
Provost. Scientific skills were nurtured through six activities:
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxScientific Communication Skill
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxLeadership Development Activities
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxStudent Support and Camaraderie
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxAttendance at Seminars for
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Students had multiple opportunities to present their research including
the Beckman Scholars Annual Research Symposia held in Irvine, California
each July. The ultimate goals of the sustained research experiences are
for the Beckman Scholars to co-author publications with their research
mentors and to be prepared for acceptance into top graduate programs.
A proposal to continue the Beckman Scholars Program from 2008 to 2011 was submitted by Dr. Phyllis Robinson for the October 2007 competition. Dr. Robinson will serve as the Program Director if the grant is awarded to UMBC.