Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois

Undergraduates win 2017 Beckman Institute awards

Two Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering undergraduates were recently named recipients of 2017 Beckman Institute student awards.

Founded in the 1980s, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is intended to pursue new methods of multidisciplinary research at the university. It’s devoted to leading-edge research in the physical sciences, computation, engineering, biology, behavior, cognition, and neuroscience.

Dongkwan Lee was awarded the Beckman Institute Undergraduate Fellowship. He is studying chemical and biomolecular engineering with a minor in electrical and computer engineering. He plans to work with Rohit Bhargava, a professor of bioengineering, affiliate professor of ChBE, and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, on a project called “Attenuated Total Reflectance Using Quantum Cascade Lasers for Fast, Sub-Diffraction-Limited Chemical Imaging.”

Supported by funding from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, the Beckman Institute Undergraduate Fellowships offer undergraduates the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research at the institute during the summer.

ChBE student Michael Jorgensen was given the Neurotechnology for Memory and Cognition Award. His research proposal, “Development of Photoacoustic Probes for Nitric Oxide Imaging,” will be directed by Jefferson Chan, an assistant professor of chemistry and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group.

The Neurotechnology for Memory and Cognition Awards, supported by funding from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, offers at least one Illinois graduate student and one Illinois undergraduate student the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research in neuroscience and technology development at the Beckman Institute during the summer.

More information about the awards.