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Scholar Information for the Beckman Program

The following is a detailed outline of what a scholar can anticipate while participating in the Beckman program. Please feel free to contact the URO office if you have questions at any time.

First Summer

The first 5 weeks of of the summer will focus on technique aquisition in the lab while the second five weeks will focus on aquiring preliminary data. In July, you will travel with your faculty mentor to the Beckman Research Symposium at the expense of the Beckman Foundation.

The research will be presented as a poster at the Summer Research Poster Session and a written abstract for publication in the corresponding program.

You will be expected to work for your faculty mentor 40 hours a week for 10 weeks. The scholarship ($6000) will be paid through the Student Employment Office. You will also have $850 available for project related travel (not related to the Beckman Symposium) and supplies. All reimbursements need to go to the Undergraduate Research Office. No reimbursements will be made without proper documentation (receipts, invoices, etc). Please contact URO if you have any questions about payments or reimbursements.

On August 1 a progress report is due directly to the Beckman Foundation, independent of mentor review/revision, outlining:

  • The recruitment process as a Beckman Scholar
  • Research and other activities
  • The benefit of mentor-supervised research
  • The advantages of the Beckman Scholarship
  • Recommendations for improvements to the program
  • Career and/or education plans (specify name of graduate institution, if applicable)
  • Contact information

The Foundation will also receive a report of your academic standing (which you need to maintain to stay in the program) and an official, detailed expenditure report which will be signed by Bob Cluss, your faculty mentor and you.

The Academic Year

The Fall/Winter semesters will focus on data collection and career development. At the end of the Fall semester updated results should be dicussed with your mentor.

The Spring semester will focus on graduate school preparation (juniors) and thesis preparation (seniors). Halfway through the semester updated results should be discussed.

The research project will need to be presented as a talk or poster at the Spring Student Symposium. The research should also be presented at a national or regional conference with the faculty mentor.

You will be expected to work 10 hours a week for your faculty mentor. The scholarship ($4000) will be paid through Student Employment. You will also have $1,600 available for project related travel and supplies. All reimbursements need to go to Colleen Converse, the URO administrative assistant. No reimbursements will be made without proper documentation (receipts, invoices, etc). Please contact URO if you have any questions about payments or reimbursements.

Second Summer

The structure is the same as the first summer with the focus on finishing data aquisition, and writing a publication quality document to submit to a peer-reviewed journal. Workshops will be available from the science librarian for help with reference databases and citation software. In July you, and your Faculty Mentor, will again participate in the Beckman Symposium at the Foundation's cost. As descriped above, a report will be due August 1.

Additional Information

In the first half of the fall term of your senior year, all Beckman Scholars who have participated in the program will receive graduate school advising and meet with the the Science Grants Facilitator to apply for graduate school funding such as NSF graduate school fellowships.

Graduating scholars will submit a thesis of their results to qualify for honors graduation. Which includes a presentation and defense of the thesis to the scholar's department.  Middlebury will provide a thesis writing workshop during the Winter term.