Los Angeles, CA - California State University, Los Angeles announces the selection of Canoga Park resident Rehana Ismail (Biochemistry major) and Sherman Oaks resident Adam Fraser (Pre-Law/Chemistry major) as The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Beckman Scholars for 2000-2001.
The two outstanding undergraduate students started their full-time research participation as Beckman Scholars at Cal State L.A. at the beginning of the summer, and will continue conducting research under the program part-time during the academic year, along with their full-time academic studies. The students will represent Cal State L.A. in July of 2001 at the Research Symposium, designed to showcase the research achievements of Beckman Scholars.
Ismail, who is working directly with Cal State L.A. chemistry professor Matthias Selke on a project in bioinorganic chemistry, comments: "I am really honored to represent Cal State L.A. as a Beckman Scholar. Cal State L.A. has great opportunities for undergraduate student research that are very rare in other institutions. The faculty here are very supportive of students, making this institution a great place for education." Ismail is a Dean's List student, and is in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Honors Program.
Fraser, conducting his research on organozirconium catalysts with professor Wayne Tikkanen, chair of the Cal State L.A. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Fraser was admitted to the University through the Early Entrance Program at a young age of 13. He is also a recipient of the Jack Spielman Freshman Chemistry Award and American Chemical Society Organic Chemistry Award.
Carlos Gutierrez, professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is the faculty coordinator and mentor for the Beckman Scholars program at Cal State LA. In September 1996, Gutierrez was among the first honorees named by the President of the United States to receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. In February of this year, he received the Quality Education for Minorities-Science Mathematics and Engineering Network "Giants in Science" Award. Gutierrez is a Pasadena resident.
The Beckman Scholars Program is an invited program to help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented undergraduate students who are pursuing their studies at accredited universities and four-year colleges located in the U.S. These research activities are centered in either chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences, or some combination of these subjects.