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Beckman Program Scholars and Alumni

Young talent guided by the distilled experience of multidisciplinary investigators has the potential to create revolutionary ideas that benefit society.

Project Summaries at a Glance (2010-2020)

Scholars By Year

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  • Application Requirements
    • Applicants must currently be a 2nd or 3rd year student.
    • Applicants must have and maintain a GPA no lower than 3.5.
    • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.
    • All applicants must work with one of the approved faculty mentors. This list cannot be altered or amended. It's important to note that the student-mentor relationship is already established by the time the student applies. The pre-existing relationship between student and mentor ensures that only the most dedicated and capable students, and those motivated by a love of research, reach the application stage.
    • If you are selected as a Beckman Scholar, you agree to fulfill all the program requirements (see below).
  • Program Requirements
    • Beckman Scholars must work in their mentor’s laboratory full time for two summers (40 hours/week for 10 weeks) and then part time during the academic year (10 hours per week). This committment begins in June, just after the Scholar is selected in March.
    • Scholars must take a course in technical writing (STS 5500 "Research Documentation as a Creative Process").
    • Scholars must present their work at a major scientific conference.
    • Scholars must submit their work to the annual ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference.
    • Scholars must attend the annual Beckman Scholars Annual Symposia in Irvine, California each summer (all expenses paid).
    • Scholars are ideally expected to publish their work in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
  • Application Timeline
    • Mid-February – Deadline for applications (February 19, 2021 is the current deadline) 2021 Application Guidelines
    • Mid-March – Finalists are interviewed and Scholars are announced
    • April – Beckman Awards Banquet. Finalists are expected to attend the awards banquet, whether or not they are selected as Scholars, in keeping with the professional nature of these awards.
  • How We Measure Success

    We evaluate our program on the basis of three simple outcomes. Achieving two of these three outcomes will be considered a success, though our goal is for our Scholars to achieve all thre

    1. Beckman Scholars submit and publish a peer-reviewed manuscript, refereed conference paper, or patent application based on their undergraduate work.
    2. Beckman Scholars give at least one poster or platform presentation at a national meeting based upon their undergraduate work.
    3. Beckman Scholars gain admission to graduate or medical school, preferably encompassing a Ph.D. program.