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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, student registration for the 2021 Legacy Program is temporarily closed and will resume in Fall 2020. Students from participating schools will be able to sign up for the program at that time. See more information in the below drop-down section.

Student registration for the 2021 Legacy Program is temporarily closed and will resume in Fall 2020. Students from participating schools will be able to sign up for the program at that time. The exact dates are to be determined. Interested students should check in with the Beckman Legacy Science Teacher Mentor at their High School at the beginning of the school year.

To students who have participated in the 2020 program (during August 2019 - February 2020), and have applied for a scholarship: we anticipate the timeline to remain the same. Your applications are currently being reviewed. Legacy Scholarship award winners will be announced in late May. We will continue to update you if any changes occur.

Contact the program administrator, Elizabeth Koppe, with any questions: [email protected] or 949-721-2249

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 Legacy Program, students will build their own Spectrophotometer--see more information about the spectrophotometer below.

High School must be invited by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

  • Students must be juniors currently enrolled in a college-prep lab science class
  • Students must have cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Students must be a United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Students must have plans to attend a 4-year non-profit United States Institution
  • Parent or legal guardian signatures required

At the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, we acknowledge, appreciate and support the fundamental roles that diversity, equity and inclusion have in scientific progress and innovation. We seek applicants from all backgrounds in our programs and strive to ensure a fair and equitable process for selection of awardees, recognizing that excellent science is not the exclusive endeavor of one group of people, but of all. In an effort to avoid implicit and explicit bias in our review process, the Foundation will blind all information pertaining to applicants’ name, gender, ethnicity, citizenship status and high school information from reviewers.

Read our full statement here.

Hailed as “perhaps the single greatest instrument” of its era, the Beckman DU Spectrophotometer 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 (will open in YouTube) to learn more about the Spectrophotometer!

DU Spectrophotometer

IR Spectrophotometer