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Two students selected as 2014 David J. Beck Fellows

Kollin Kahler of Waco and Keeley Townley-Smith of Lumberton have been selected as 2014 recipients of the David J. Beck Fellowships, a competitive and generous award for Lamar University undergraduate students.

Kahler, an exercise science/pre-med major, and Townley-Smith, an electrical engineering/physics major, will be formally recognized as Beck Fellows by LU President Kenneth Evans at a ceremony on campus next month.

The Nov. 20 event also will include recognition of Beck Fellowship finalist Jeremy Allen of Beaumont, a management information systems major, and presentations by LU’s 2013 Beck Fellows, Amy Morgan of Silsbee and Crissie Vandehoef of Port Neches.

The Beck Fellowship covers all expenses – including tuition, fees, books and on-campus room and board – for one year and includes up to $10,000 to pursue a summer project proposed as part of the application packet. First awarded in 2009, the fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from LU distinguished alumnus and prominent attorney David J. Beck, founding partner of Beck Redden LLP in Houston.

Kahler plans to study advances in joint replacement and athletic surgery at an innovative clinic in Dublin, Ireland. At Lamar, Kahler is in his fourth year as punter on the Lamar Cardinals football team. He also serves as president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has worked in the metabolic laboratory on campus.

Townley-Smith plans to complete an internship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md., with the atomic spectroscopy group. At Lamar, she has worked as a research assistant in the STAIRSTEP undergraduate research program and has served as secretary of the Society of Physics Students and of Rotaract.

Applicants for the David J. Beck Fellowships must be full-time LU undergraduates in any major with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. Fellows are selected based on the strength of their complete application packet, including proposed summer project, academic record and financial need. Application packets are available late in the spring semester and must be submitted by Oct. 1 each year. For more information on the David J. Beck Fellowships, visit or call (409) 880-8400.