The University of Florida Beckman/Provost's BSP Scholars Competition
The University of Florida is proud to be one of the 10 institutional recipients of a Beckman Scholars Award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. Matching funds from UF sources allow additional students to be appointed as Provost's BSP Scholars. The purpose of the Beckman/Provost's BSP Scholars Program is to stimulate, encourage, and support research activities by exceptionally talented undergraduate students who are pursuing their studies at accredited four-year colleges and universities located in the United States. Research activities must be in either chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences or some combination of these subjects.
The Beckman/Provost's BSP Scholars Program provides scholarships for two summers and one academic year of undergraduate research. The multi-year undergraduate research projects and intensive faculty mentoring provide a unique experience for students who aspire to research careers. Scholars will develop communications and social skills via a parallel program of interactions with peers, eminent visiting scientists at Florida, and mentoring, and eventually the possibility of travel to the external mentor's laboratory. Overall, we expect the Beckman/Provost's BSP Scholars to emerge as the top and most visible science students on campus.
The Beckman/Provost's BSP Scholars Program offers students a comprehensive experience that includes:
- A scholarship of $19,300 for two summers and one academic year of undergraduate research.
- For students appointed as Beckman Scholars: Participation in the Annual Research Symposium at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine, California. Beckman Scholars from throughout the country who have completed their academic year and summer terms of undergraduate research activities will gather for the annual symposium, which is a three-evening, two-day event, including keynote presentations by internationally prominent scientific figures. All symposium-related travel, lodging, and other expenses for Beckman Scholars and faculty mentors will be paid for by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.
- For students appointed as Provost's BSP Scholars: Funded travel to a scientific conference to be chosen in conjunction with the research advisor.
- Five Scholars (chosen by the selection committee) will be offered the opportunity to spend an additional summer performing research. The optional third summer of support will provide an important bridge to graduate or professional school.
The UF Beckman/Provost's BSP Scholars Program, directed by Professor Lisa McElwee-White, will provide support for a total of nine undergraduates who will work with mentors in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, or the Florida Museum of Natural History. The first cohort of Scholars was appointed in Spring 2013 and additional Scholar appointments will continue through Spring 2015.