University of Richmond Awarded Competitive Beckman Foundation Grant Supporting Faculty-Mentored Student Research

January 7, 2020

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation has again awarded the University of Richmond a prestigious three-year Beckman Scholars grant for faculty-mentored student research. It is the fifth time Richmond has received the Beckman Scholars award since 2006. 

The Beckman grant will provide $104,000 to support four student research scholarships over three years. The University of Richmond will select its Beckman Scholars this spring based on commitment to research, strong academics, and potential to become scientific leaders.

“Our ability to remain competitive in the Beckman Foundation’s review of science programs at the nation’s best colleges and universities is a testament to not only our students’ talent, but also our faculty’s mentorship and enthusiasm for undergraduate research,” said Carol Parish, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Professor of Chemistry and associate provost for academic integration. 

Parish, who directs Richmond’s Beckman program, notes Beckman Scholars often go on to win Goldwater, Fulbright, National Science Foundation, and Rhodes scholarships.

“Performing faculty-mentored, outcome-oriented research is a hallmark of a UR education, and this award recognizes that effort and benefits our students,” she said.

Beckman Scholars receive $26,000. Scholars work at least 10 hours a week during the academic year and fulltime during two 10-week summer terms in a faculty mentor’s laboratory. Funds cover travel, lab supplies, and the faculty mentor’s stipend.