Beckman Scholars 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.
- Institutional award spans three years; four to six Student/Mentor pairs per Institution.
- Receive $21,000 per Student/$5,000 per Mentor.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy
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. While a diversity and inclusion statement is not required as a separate document in the application process, Institutions may include information about their diversity and inclusion policies in their overview statements and selection process descriptions. The Foundation will evaluate 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
Request an Invitation
INSTITUTIONS: If you would like to supply information for consideration, we will use it to evaluate the institution's inclusion in our next application invitation. Materials should be submitted via email to [email protected].
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