Mace Brown’s lifelong passion for collecting and recording fossils was sparked by a rock collection when he was 13. By age 45, he had amassed a collection of more than 87 species of shark teeth. For the next 15 years, Brown expanded his collection with fossils from around the world. Recently, Brown donated more than 1,500 rare fossil specimens valued at more than $1.6 million to the College of Charleston’s School of Sciences and Mathematics to establish the Mace Brown Natural History Museum. Read more.
One hour. Seven presentations. Among them are:
Computer Science major Will Jamieson realized that in low light, selfies don’t turn out because most phones do not have a flash on the phone’s front camera. So he created an app for that and now Front Flash Android app is currently on track for one million downloads!
Sylricka Foster is on the five year plan, because she simply can’t get it all done in four years. Between double majoring in geology and political science, double minoring in environmental geology and Spanish, researching climate change, attending scientific conferences and working for the NASA South Carolina Space Grant Consortium (NASA SCSGC), this rising senior hasn’t had a moment to spare since she came to the College in 2009. She will present with Dr. Cyndi Hall, her research mentor in the department of geology and environmental geosciences.
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The selfie trend is soaring and so are downloads for College of Charleston Computer Science Major Will Jamieson’s Front Flash Android app. A selfie is a self-taken photograph usually posted online via social media outlets. Jamieson realized that in low light, selfies don’t turn out because most phones do not have a flash on the phone’s front camera.
“I was trying to upload a photo of myself to Snapchat one night and all I could get was a black screen,” Jamieson explains. “At that moment, I decided I was going to make an app that emulated a flash with the front camera. I had no idea that I would be on track to have a million users within two months of launching.”
The app launched on June 7, 2013 and has more than 5,000 photos taken daily in 56 different countries.
College of Charleston and MUSC researchers will use a $100,000 grant to train a new generation of genomics-enabled scientists to advance the future of biology. The 12-month grant funds research positions for four undergraduate students, starting in summer 2013. The project is a collaboration between the College of Charleston Departments of Biology and Computer Science, and the MUSC Center for Cancer Genomics.
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College of Charleston students Erica Tracey and Brenna Norton-Baker were selected as 2013 Goldwater Scholars from a field of more than 1,100 applicants. Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. Virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D.
“Being awarded a Goldwater Scholarship is often the first in a string of prestigious recognitions,” the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation notes. “Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 80 Rhodes Scholarships, 118 Marshall Awards, 110 Churchill Scholarships and numerous other distinguished fellowships.”
Dr. Leslie Sautter and students of the College’s BEAMS program took first, second, and third place for poster presentations at the 2013 US Hydro Conference. Robin Banner, Kyle Ford and Montgomery Taylor, and Matt Rittinghouse collected $2,000 in scholarships and will have their work published in CARIS Coastlines marine GIS mapping newsletter.
School of Sciences and Mathematics Alumnus Named 2013 Eddie Ganaway Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
Mitchell Leverette ’85 exemplifies the spirit, character, and dedication that Eddie Ganaway so loyally demonstrated during his life-long devotion to the campus, his fellow students, and his profession.
As the first African American graduate of our Geology Dept., as a student advocate for the appreciation of diversity, and as an alumnus that has demonstrated significant and outstanding contributions to his profession and Alma mater, Mitchell Leverette personifies the spirit of Eddie Ganaway.
As a student, Mitchell was a champion for campus diversity – organizing and leading a cohort of his fellow students whom worked closely with former College of Charleston President Collins to help document, preserve, and recognize the legacy of the African American student experience at the College. These efforts had a multiplier effect, laying the foundation for a more inclusive and welcoming campus for students from diverse cultures and creating opportunity for a more diverse and vibrant learning community.
As Chief for the Division of Solid Minerals for the Bureau of Land Management, Mitchell is a leader among the Agency’s knowledge experts in mineralogical exploration and domestic resource management. He is one of the country’s foremost experts in the field, frequently lecturing on the subject and helping shape domestic energy exploration and production efforts.
Like Eddie Ganaway, Mitchell is a pioneer and peer leader. We proudly congratulate Mitchell Leverette for being recognized as the 2013 Eddie Ganaway Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient!
According to PayScale’s massive compensation database and job growth projections through 2020 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these 15 college majors are the most valuable in terms of salary and career prospects. They are ranked by median starting pay, median mid-career pay (at least 10 years experience), percentage growth in pay and projected growth of job opportunities.
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Students who are interested in being selected should speak with their major’s department chair. Students must receive the support of their Chair, the Dean, and the Provost. Only one application will be submitted per institution.
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation invites you to submit an application for a 2014 Beckman Scholars Program Award.
In the fall of 1997, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation announced the Beckman Scholars Program. Its purpose is to help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented undergraduate students at our nation’s universities and colleges; young people who ultimately will become prominent leaders in their scientific and professional pursuits. The research activities are to be centered in chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences or some interdisciplinary combination of these subjects. The Beckman Scholars Program is a merit-based program; issues of gender, race and financial need should not be considered contributing factors in the application process. We believe that the generous student financial support which provides for in-depth, sustained undergraduate research experiences and the related Beckman Scholars Annual Symposium offer an academically stimulating and very distinctive educational experience.
For the year 2013, after considering undergraduate research quality and commitment indicators at universities and colleges across the country,126 were invited to submit applications for consideration for institutional Beckman Scholars Program Awards. Following a review of the highly competitive applications, an advisory panel of 12 distinguished academic teacher/scholars assisted the foundation in selecting 25 finalist institutions. After extensive review and discussion of final applications, the panel recommended, and the Foundation Board of Directors approved, 10 institutional awards supporting 53 Beckman Scholars across the nation.
Your institution may submit one application for an award.
Please refer to: http://www.beckman-foundation.com/bsp-appstartpg.html for more detailed information regarding this initiative, including the program announcement, guidelines and application forms. The application must include a cover page containing institutional endorsements from the chief academic officer and academic dean(s) for the participating academic unit(s). The application must also include the completed institutional and faculty mentor data pages. We encourage you to share this information with appropriate individuals at your institution.
Note: Institutions that have not submitted an application for two or more consecutive years will be removed from the invitation list for a minimum of two years.
As this is the first year that we are using an online grants system, and to ensure that we have all of your application materials for review, you are required to submit the following versions of your 2014 BSP Application:
- Mail ORIGINAL and two (2) copies to the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
- Email a PDF of this copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete the online application process
All formats of your application must be submitted to the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation prior to Friday, June 14, 2013, 5:00 P.M. PST. Any materials received after Friday, June 14, 2013 will be eliminated from the competition.
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation established by Dr. and Mrs. Beckman in 1977. The mission of the foundation is to make grants to non-profit research institutions to promote research in chemistry and the life sciences, broadly interpreted, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.
If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact the foundation at (949) 721-2222 or email the Beckman Scholars Program Administrator, at email@example.com. Information regarding other programs supported by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is available on our Website at http://www.beckman-foundation.com.