Emily Chapa ‘23 and Allison Baker ‘23 Become Texas A&M’s 2020 Beckman Scholars

LAUNCH congratulates Emily Chapa ‘23 and Allison Baker ‘23, for becoming Texas A&M’s 2020 Beckman Scholars! Emily and Allison will each receive a three-year scholarship that will support them through a long-term mentored research experience. 

Beckman Scholar institutions are a part of an elite and carefully-selected cohort, and participation is strictly invitation-only. The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation identifies colleges and universities that will receive Beckman Scholars application invitations. The extremely thorough selection process is a two-part review led by a panel of scientific experts. Institutions are chosen based on their dedication to undergraduate research in chemistry, biology and/or combinations thereof and their ability to compete in national level programs.

The Beckman Foundation supports researchers and institutions as they create new areas of chemical and biological research. Texas A&M Beckman Scholars are identified as the top undergraduate students majoring in specific science fields during their freshman year. Once selected, Beckman Scholars receive a generous stipend and begin their research careers with designated Beckman faculty mentors the summer prior to their sophomore year. Beckman Scholars continue their research projects through graduation and also participate in activities such as leadership development, networking opportunities, review and publication of scientific research, and preparation for National Fellowship, graduate, or professional school applications.

Emily Chapa ‘23

Emily is a sophomore Microbiology majoring in genetics from Brownwood, Texas. She is an aspiring pediatric oncologist and cancer researcher. Emily has previous experience volunteering and shadowing at her local hospital and various health clinics in her hometown. On-campus Emily is involved in several organizations, including HOSA, W.H.O.O.P., and Lambda Sigma. Sheis a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholar as well as a Hispanic Scholarship Fund Finalist. 

Emily is working with Dr. Deborah Bell-Pedersen, a Professor in the Department of Biology, to understand the mechanisms of the Circadian Clock. Emily hopes to find a connection between protein synthesis and cellular processes.

Allison Baker ‘23

Allison is a sophomore Biology major from Dallas, Texas. She is fascinated in how science is able to find solutions to macroscopic problems when looking at the microscopic scale. Allison is active on campus, being a member of both the Biology Honors Program and the University Honors Program. 

As a first time researcher, she is excited to challenge herself in the new educational setting of a lab. Allison is working with Dr. Bruce Riley, a Professor in the Department of Biology, looking into the regeneration of hair cells and neurons of the zebrafish inner ear by testing functions of Fgf genes during development. Ultimately, Allison strives to better understand important pathways and proteins involved in molecular biology.

To read more about how LAUNCH: National Fellowships helps prepare outstanding students to compete for nationally-competitive awards such as the Beckman Scholarship with the generous support of the Association of Former Students, please visit http://natlfellows.tamu.edu

To learn more about the Beckman Foundation, visit https://www.beckman-foundation.org/