June 13, 2012

Marie Pizzorno with students

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University has received a grant for $77,200 from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to provide enhanced research opportunities for four Bucknell undergraduates majoring in the areas of biology, chemistry, and cell biology/biochemistry.

"The Beckman grant will fund four undergraduate research students over the next three years to work closely with a faculty member in the biology or chemistry department for two summers and one school year," said Marie Pizzorno, chair and associate professor of biology. "It also provides limited funds for that student to travel to a scientific meeting to present their research or purchase supplies or equipment they need to carry out the project."

The students also benefit from co-curricular opportunities at Bucknell, including outside speakers, honors theses and alumni volunteers.

"This prestigious grant is our first from the Beckman Foundation, which awarded only 11 grants from among 135 schools who applied," said David Foreman, director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Bucknell.

"The award is a compliment to the strength of our undergraduate research programs and the talent of our students," said Foreman.

Bucknell undergraduate researchers are active collaborators with their faculty research mentors. During the summer and academic year, undergraduate students participate in all stages of research, from conducting experiments and analyzing data to presenting their work in poster presentations at conferences and appearing as co-authors in peer-reviewed journal articles.

Charles Clapp, professor of chemistry; Marie Pizzorno, chair and associate professor of biology; and Tim Strein, chair and professor of chemistry; will manage the program.

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation makes grants to program-related, 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.

Established in 1997, the Beckman Scholars Program recognizes outstanding undergraduate research students in chemistry and biological sciences.

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