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The Beckman Scholars Program is a limited-submission, invitation-only program.

The Beckman Scholars Program is a 15-month mentored research experience for exceptional undergraduate students in chemistry, biological sciences, or interdisciplinary combinations thereof.

  • Institutional award, limited-submission by invitation only.
  • Government laboratories, such as NIH or federally funded national laboratories, are not eligible institutions.
  • Institutional award spans three years. Starting with 2022 BSP program: Six Student/Mentor pairs per Institution.
  • Receive $21,000 per Student/$5,000 per Mentor.

At the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, we acknowledge, appreciate and support the fundamental roles that justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) 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.

Recent updates to our program and application include:

  • Removal of the minimum GPA requirement for Scholar candidates
  • Equal emphasis on merit, diversity, equity, and inclusion during Scholar Selection
  • Scholar eligibility for undergraduate students with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient status
  • Expanded college/university invitation list
  • Streamlined online portal procedures to make applying easier
  • Institutional reporting on student body and faculty demographics with a look at 5-year trends
  • Mentor CVs that include a personal statement section
  • Mentor statements that include plans for intellectual development of Scholars, a safe Scholar environment within the lab, and use of novel teaching or mentoring methods to support success for Scholars from all backgrounds
  • Program proposal section prompts related to DEI and Sustainability

The Foundation evaluates all aspects of the Scholar experience in the review process.

Read our full statement here.

Each year, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation reviews information about institutions across the country and identifies colleges and universities to receive Beckman Scholars Program application invitations.

Invited institutions demonstrate a significant commitment to undergraduate research in chemistry, the biological sciences and/or interdisciplinary combinations thereof. 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.

Example factors considered in these selections include:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Support
  • NIH Academic Research Enhancement Awards (NIHE)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Awards
  • NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Awards (REU)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Grants (HH)
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Grants "to advance the science of chemistry and the related sciences" (Dreyfus)
  • Research Corporation Cottrell College Science Awards (ResC)
  • American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Awards (PRF)
  • Active chemistry and biological sciences participation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Annual Meetings

INSTITUTIONS: If you would like to supply information for consideration, submit a request letter (2 pages max., on institution letterhead, pdf attachment) via email to [email protected] discussing the institution’s qualifications related to the factors outlined above. We will use it to evaluate the institution's inclusion in our next application invitation.

STUDENTS: The Beckman Scholars Program does not issue awards directly to individuals; it is an institutional award program. If you are an undergraduate student in the area of chemistry, biochemistry, biology, or other science discipline, contact your institution's department chairs or research support office for more information.

Note: We are not able to extend Beckman Scholars Program application invitations to every deserving institution that provides undergraduate research experiences for its students. The limited number of institutional awards we provide precludes us from doing this.

Overview of the Beckman Scholars Program

2009 Beckman Scholar Abigail Knight, PhD

2016 Beckman Scholar Nathanael Kazmierczak

2017 Beckman Scholar Audrey Short

Amherst College Professors Helen Leung and Mark Marshall discuss the Beckman Scholars Program

2016 Beckman Scholar Zachary Nimmo and 2017 Beckman Scholar Christopher Travis

2019 Beckman Scholar Vennela Mannava presents her research at the 2020 Beckman Symposium

2019 Beckman Scholar Catherine Weibel presents her research at the 2020 Beckman Symposium