This past March, the nonprofit Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation presented grants to 30 young researchers as part of its Beckman Young Investigators (BYI) awards and its Beckman Scholars program for undergraduates. Now in its tenth year, the BYI program has thus far awarded over $30 million to 160 young researchers in the chemical and life sciences. This year, 16 investigators were given $240,000 over three years. The focus of recipients' research projects range from the study of carbohydrate structure and function in the brain, to the study inorganic chemistry of marine adhesives, to the development of a cell-free system for mitotic checkpoint control. As part of the Beckman Scholars program, 76 undergraduates at 14 institutions will each receive a $12,500 scholarship for two, 10-week summers of full-time research and $5,000 for 10 hours per week of research during the intervening academic year. Recipients' research activities center around chemistry, biochemistry,...

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