Robert A. Beck Scholarship

This $100 scholarship was established in honor of Professor Emeritus Robert A. Beck, PhD. It is open to any food science junior, senior, or graduate student, and will be awarded based on exceptional scholarly achievement as well as involvement with the food science community.

Dr. Beck joined the Framingham State faculty in January 1973. He was a distinguished professor, researcher, and consultant to various local food companies. A dedicated educator, he was the long-time advisor for Framingham State's MS program in Food Science and Nutrition Science. He was internationally known for his work with vitamin B12, and was a recipient of the Institute of Food Technologists Northeast Section Research Award. As the director of Framingham State's Institute for Food Science, Technology & Nutritional Biochemistry, he acquired over the years $1.7 million in research funding from external sources.  The construction of the Food Science Pilot Plant was made possible through a grant he received from the National Science Foundation. He both published and reviewed numerous articles for scholarly journals, and co-authored with distinguished Framingham State colleague Dr. Charles Zapsalis the 1242-page comprehensive text Food Chemistry and Nutritional Biochemistry, published in 1985. Dr. Beck retired in June 2010.