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BME Undergraduate Seth Kodikara named a 2021 Beckman Scholar in NC State’s Chemistry of Life Program.  The Beckman Scholars Program is a 15-month mentored research experience for exceptional undergraduate students in chemistry, biological sciences, or interdisciplinary combinations thereof.  NC State’s Institutional award spans three years; funding four to six Student/Mentor pairs per Institution.  Individual award teams receive $21,000 per Student/$5,000 per Mentor.

The program is also administered by NC State’s Chemistry of Life Program and Comparative Medicine Institute.  Beckman Scholar support runs through this summer, the upcoming academic year, and the summer that follows.  It is open to sophomores and freshman and includes a stipend for the undergraduates as well as funding for the faculty mentors.  Seth will be working jointly with Drs. Balaji Rao and Albert Keung in the chemical engineering department on an epigenetics project with the goals of eventual presentation and publication. Two undergraduates were selected at NC State this year and two more will be selected in each of the next two years.  BME congratulates Seth for this achievement.  See these links for more information about Beckman Scholar’s Program and the NC State Chemistry of Life/CMI Program.

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