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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.
  • Service academies and 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
  • Updated Code of Conduct clause within award terms and conditions

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 bsp@beckman-foundation.org discussing the institution’s qualifications related to the factors outlined above. Please also include your institution's Carnegie Classification and Federal Tax ID Number. We will use the information provided in your letter 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.

Beckman Scholars: If you are graduating in 2022 and would like the Foundation to send you BSP Honor Cords, please email the BSP Program Officer, Kaerie Ray, at bsp@beckman-foundation.org. Include your full name, current mailing address, phone number, and the date of your graduation ceremony.

Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery; while supplies last.

Congratulations, Graduates!

Every April, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation celebrates Beckman Scholars and their research with an online campaign during Undergraduate Research Week. The campaign features Scholar- and Mentor-submitted content in addition to program-related content produced by the Foundation which is shared on social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. To view past content, search using the following hashtags:

  • 2022 Campaign: #URW2022, #BeckmanScholar, #BSPMentor, #undergraduateresearch, #BeckmanScholars
  • 2021 Campaign: #URW2021, #BeckmanScholar, #undergraduateresearch, #BeckmanScholars

Current Beckman Scholars and BSP Mentors: We invite you to submit content for next year's celebration. Send your quotes, images, and videos to bsp@beckman-foundation.org for consideration. Some helpful tips:

  • QUOTES - Quotes should be 50 words or less. Your quote can be about your Beckman-funded research, time in the lab, future career plans, experience as a Beckman Scholar or BSP Mentor, why you think undergraduate research opportunities make a difference, or a thank you to your BSP Mentor.
  • IMAGES - Horizontal, color jpeg images (less than 1MB) are preferred and should be sent as email attachment(s). Include photo credit and a brief caption. Your image can be a selfie, in the lab, from your research, with your Mentor or other Beckman Scholars, or spotlight your campus.
  • VIDEOS - Videos should be no more than 30 seconds long, submitted as .mp4 or .mov files. Send as an email attachment or with a download link that does not require sign-in/password. Your video can be a tour of your lab or campus, a quick introduction to you or your research, a shout out to your Mentor, words of encouragement, or a celebration of your academic accomplishments.

The Foundation has a database of Awarded Scientists that is searchable by Scholar name, award program, award year, discipline, or institution. Below is a list of BSP Awardee Institutions for the most recent three years.

2022 Beckman Scholars Program Awardee Institutions

Barnard College

Binghamton University (SUNY Binghamton)

Indiana University (IUPUI)

Macalester College

Ohio State University

Trinity College

Trinity University

University of Arizona

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of Kentucky

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Vanderbilt University

Vassar College

2021 Beckman Scholars Program Awardee Institutions

California State University, San Marcos

Chapman University

College of William & Mary

Furman University

Georgia State University

Haverford College

Hope College

North Carolina State University

Texas A&M University

University of Southern California

Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Wellesley College

2020 Beckman Scholars Program Awardee Institutions

Bowdoin College

Carnegie Mellon University

James Madison University

Miami University

Pomona College

Smith College

Tufts University

University of California, Irvine

University of Colorado, Boulder

University of Richmond

University of Utah

West Virginia University

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

2021 Beckman Scholar Anthea Bell takes us inside the Horch lab at Bowdoin College

2021 Beckman Scholar Connor Bowerman offers a glimpse inside the Akimov lab at Texas A&M University

2021 Beckman Scholar Christina McBride gives a tour of the Charkoudian lab at Haverford College