Contact Info:

Orange County Beckman Legacy Program Officer: OClegacy@beckman-foundation.org

Invitations to eligible high schools will be distributed February 2019

Deadline: February 2020

About the Program:

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation announces the launch of the OC Beckman Legacy Award, a college scholarship competition with awards up to $16,000. Participating students will work with a science teacher mentor at their school to complete a project build (initial materials provided by the Foundation), inspired by the revolutionary tools of Dr. Arnold O. Beckman, as well as perform experiments, create their own innovative experiment, report on experiment findings, and answer essay-style questions. Submitted projects will be evaluated by the Foundation using a panel of outside experts to select the award winners. For the 2020 Legacy Program, students will build their own Spectrophotometer--see more information about the spectrophotometer below


Program Eligibility:

Application Procedure:

Invited high schools will be contacted by the Foundation annually in January. Schools are required to have the commitment of at least one mentor, and maximum of 2 mentors per school. Once mentors are selected and confirmed by the Foundation, student registration will open on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the Spectrophotometer:

Hailed as “perhaps the single greatest instrument” of its era, the Beckman DU forever transformed the practice of chemistry and the life sciences. With speed and accuracy, it detected the “fingerprints” of life’s essential materials and moved chemistry from the academic laboratory directly into commercial production facilities. Dr. Beckman once said that if he had to pick one invention that had the most impact, it would be the spectrophotometer. 

A spectrophotometer can determine what substances are present in a sample and exactly how much through calculations of observed wavelengths. The spectrophotometers span various scientific fields including biochemistry, physics, materials science, and molecular biology. Spectrophotometers can be found in most every lab and are widely used to measure enzyme activities determinations of protein concentration, determinations of enzymatic kinetic constants, and measurement of ligand binding reactions.

Students will build their own version of a spectrophotometer using interlocking plastic bricks to test the wavelengths of different substances and learn how to measure intensity. Students will also create their own experiment and are encouraged to be as innovative and creative as Dr. Beckman!

Check out the below videos to learn more about the Spectrophotometer!