Beckman Foundation Announces 2020 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows

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Fourteen Research Fellows to Receive Over $4M in Science Funding

Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship

We are so proud to support these young scientists as they begin their transition to independent research careers. The creativity and energy of these emerging scientists bring all of us hope for the future. - Dr. Anne Hultgren

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation announced today its 2020 class of Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows in Chemical Sciences, individuals who underscore the Foundation’s mission of supporting basic research in the chemical sciences and chemical instrumentation. They were selected after a three-part review led by a panel of scientific experts.

The Foundation will award more than $4 million in funding over the next three years for 14 exceptional research fellows from 7 universities:

  • Amymarie Bartholomew, Ph.D., Columbia University
  • Charles Markus, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
  • Forrest Laskowski, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
  • Gavin Kiel, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • James Gaynor, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • James Utterback, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • Joseph Derosa, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
  • Matthew Nichols, Ph.D., Harvard University
  • Megan Jackson, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • Myles Drance, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ren Wiscons, Ph.D., Columbia University
  • Stephen von Kugelgen, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Tyler St. Denis, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • Zachary Sherman, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

“We are so proud to support these young scientists as they begin their transition to independent research careers,” shared Dr. Anne Hultgren, Executive Director of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. “The creativity and energy of these emerging scientists bring all of us hope for the future. Congratulations to the 2020 class of Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows!”

The Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship provides salary and research support to postdoctoral scholars with the highest potential for success in an independent academic career in the chemical sciences, and to assist in their transition from mentored yet independent researchers to a tenure-track position. Funds for 2020 awardees will be issued this summer and extend over a period of up to three years.

About the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Located in Irvine, California, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation supports researchers and nonprofit research institutions in making the next generation of breakthroughs in chemistry and the life sciences. Founded in 1978 by 20th century scientific instrumentation pioneer Dr. Arnold O. Beckman, the Foundation supports United States institutions and young scientists whose creative, high-risk, and interdisciplinary research will lead to innovations and new tools and methods for scientific discovery. For more information, visit http://www.beckman-foundation.org/.

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