Two Are Named Beckman Scholars

Contact: Dan Adkins

Photo of Nicolas Badre
Nicolas Badre

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Jason Passafiume

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Among the schools selected this year with UK were the University of California at Los Angeles, Boston University and the University of Minnesota.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 26, 2005) -- The University of Kentucky has named Nicolas Badre and Jason Passafiume as Beckman Scholars, a program that will permit the undergraduate students to conduct scientific research under faculty mentorship.

The program, funded by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, provides $19,300 to each scholar over three years, providing a stipend and support for research projects the students proposed in the fields of biology, chemistry, biochemistry or a biomedical science.

Badre, who has a 4.0 grade point average and was a founder of the Society for the Promotion of Undergraduate Research, titles his project “Reduced Calcium Channel Function on Vision, Olfaction and Regulation of Heart in Drosophilia.” His faculty mentor is Robin L. Cooper, associate professor of biology and mentor to two other Beckman Scholars at UK.

Passafiume, a student in the UK Honors Program, will study “The Restorative Effects of Sleep and Meditation” under the mentorship of Bruce O’Hara, associate professor of biology.

Badre and Passafiume are the seventh and eighth students chosen as Beckman Scholars since UK became a participating university in 2002. The Beckman Foundation renewed UK’s participation for a second three-year period last month.

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is an independent, nonprofit foundation that supports basic scientific research, primarily in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry and medicine. Since it was established in 1977, the foundation has contributed over $350 million to the advancement of research.

Each year, the Beckman Foundation invites about 150 universities and colleges to apply for participation. Only about 10 to 15 schools win the designation each year. Among the schools selected this year with UK were the University of California at Los Angeles, Boston University and the University of Minnesota.


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