Beckman Scholars Program
The purpose of the Beckman Scholars Program is to help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing their studies at accredited four-year colleges and universities located in the United States of America. These research activities shall be centered in either chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences or some interdisciplinary combination of these subjects. Candidates for the Beckman Scholars Award must be full-time students throughout the duration of the award.
The research activities performed by Beckman Scholars shall be conducted under the guidance of a full-time, approved faculty member at the college or university receiving an award. Research activities must be performed part-time (ten hours per week) during one academic year, and full-time over two summers (ten 40-hour weeks each summer) immediately before and after the academic year research experience.
Students will be named as Beckman Scholars in the spring of their freshman through junior years at their university or college. Once selected to be a Beckman Scholar, a student will retain the award for 15 months, as long as he/she continues to excel academically and his/her research work shows satisfactory progress. Beckman Scholar funds provided to any one student may not exceed two summers and one academic year. Beckman Scholar summer funds may extend through the summer following graduation.
Each Institutional Award spans a three-year period, with 1-3 student/mentor teams selected by the institution each year depending on its Carnegie Classification. The amount of funding for the Beckman Scholars Program is $26,000; $21,000 specifically for the Scholar and $5,000 for the Scholar's Mentor. The Program's financial support, in conjunction with the Annual Beckman Symposium, offers an academically stimulating and unique educational experience.
The Beckman Scholars Program is a limited-submission, invitation-only program. Only one application per institution may be submitted for consideration.
Each year, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation carefully reviews extensive information about institutions across the country and then identifies colleges and universities to receive Beckman Scholars Program application invitations. (Government laboratories, such as NIH or federally funded national laboratories, are not eligible institutions.) Invited institutions demonstrate a significant commitment to undergraduate research in the aforementioned subjects. They also show the capability to compete successfully on a national level for scientific research funds in peer-reviewed government and private foundation supported programs over previous years. Their faculties and their research facilities are judged to be of the quality necessary to support the caliber of undergraduate research program sought for Beckman Scholars. Members of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation's Scientific Advisory Council participate in the selection of institutions that are invited.