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Release: Sept. 6, 2002

Beam gift provides $50,000 for Women in Science and Engineering

A University of Iowa graduate has given $50,000 to benefit the UI Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program.

The gift from Eunice Schuytema Beam, who received her Ph.D. degree in microbiology from the UI in 1956, establishes the Dr. Eunice Schuytema Beam WISE Travel Grant Program.

The program awards funds to graduate women students for the purpose of presenting their work at meetings, symposia, conferences or other professional gatherings.

"Dr. Beam's contribution ensures that our women graduate students will have the chance to be heard at preeminent science and engineering symposia," said Chris Peterson Brus, director of WISE. "Her interest in supporting such a wonderful resource for women at the UI is a testament to her professional success as well as the education she received while studying at Iowa. We are thrilled and honored to receive this gift—it will benefit aspiring young women for years to come."

Beam received a 1951 bachelor's degree and a 1954 master's degree in microbiology from Cornell University prior to receiving her Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Iowa. Beam then worked for 10 years in Chicago before beginning a teaching career at Chicago's Rush Medical College. Beam went on to serve as assistant dean at the college and continued in that capacity until her retirement in 1985. As assistant dean, Beam oversaw student education from the point of acceptance into the program to the time students passed the first portion of their national board exams. Beam is now retired and lives in Naples, Fla.

The UI Women in Science and Engineering Program cooperates with science, mathematics, engineering and technology programs at the University of Iowa to increase the participation and advancement of women as students, faculty and professional staff. The program integrates the ideas, strengths and approaches of women into research, teaching and service while promoting a supportive environment for women to study and work.

The Beam gift is part of the UI's $850 million comprehensive campaign, which will run through 2005 and is being conducted under the guidance of the UI Foundation. "Good. Better. Best. Iowa: The Campaign to Advance Our Great University" is a seven-year fund-raising effort to help launch a variety of initiatives across the university, substantially increase the number of UI scholarships and endowed faculty positions, support new educational and research facilities, build the UI's endowment and fund outreach and service programs to benefit Iowans.

The UI Foundation is acknowledged by the UI as a preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the Good. Better. Best. Iowa campaign, visit its web site at