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Beckman Scholars Program

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The Pennsylvania State University was selected by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation as 1 of 12 institutions to receive a 2019 Beckman Scholars Program Award.  The Beckman Scholars Program offers a 15 month research experience to exceptionally talented, full-time Penn State undergraduates performing research in the biological and chemical sciences under the supervision of one of 13 faculty members.

The program will support six undergraduate Beckman Scholars over the course of three years (starting in the summer of 2019), awarding between one and three new Scholars each year.


Scholar Benefits

  • $18,200 student stipend ($6,800 first summer, $4,600 academic year, $6,800 second summer)
  • $2,800 in supply and travel funds.
  • $5,000 faculty mentor stipend to support educational expenses for their scholar.
  • Beckman Scholars may be invited to attend the annual Beckman Symposium in each of the two summers of their award term.



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Apply to become a Scholar

Take part in a 15 month research experience where you will perform research in the biological and chemical sciences under the supervision of one of 13 faculty members.



Requirements and Expectations

Beckman Scholars are expected to conduct independent research suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.  In order to help students accomplish this goal:

  • students selected as Beckman Scholars must perform research activities part-time (ten hours per week) during one academic year, and full-time over two consecutive summers (ten 40 hour weeks each summer).
  • Beckman Scholars are required to submit progress reports to the Beckman Scholars Program Director, Dr. Ken Keiler, each semester as well as a final report to the Beckman Foundation at the conclusion of their research experience.
  • Beckman Scholars are expected to meet with their Mentors on a regular basis to discuss their progress.
  • Beckman Scholars will enroll in a BMB 488 course section that matches their research area.

Beckman Scholars are expected to demonstrate exemplary scientific and academic ethics and a deep sense of duty as a leader in their local and global community.

  • Apply the knowledge learned in BMB 488 regarding ethics and the relationship between science and society.
  • Beckman Scholars will participate in programming for Beckman Scholars such as meetings with distinguished speakers and other professional development opportunities.
  • Beckman Scholars will select and participate in one leadership development opportunity during their time at Penn State.  Beckman Scholar mentors and academic advisers will work with Beckman Scholars to select an appropriate leadership development opportunity. The following represent potential opportunities, but it should be noted that some of those listed below require a competitive application:
    •  If a Beckman Scholar is also a Schreyers Honor Student, individuals can apply to be a member of the Scholar Advancement Team (SAT).  Members of SAT represent the Honors College at special events for alumni and donors, thereby increasing their networking and communication skills.
    •  Beckman Scholars can apply to attend leadership conferences sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.
    •  Beckman Scholars can choose to register for a course regarding leadership theories, models, and current leadership issues in applied settings.

Scholars must be full time students and maintain good academic standing (GPA 3.5 or better).



Beckman Mentors

Students selected as Beckman Scholars will perform their research under the mentorship of a Beckman faculty mentor from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Arnold O. Beckman's Legacy and Foundation

Supporting researchers and non-profit institutions in chemistry and life sciences, the foundation promotes discoveries, and fosters the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that create new avenues of research.

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Reach out to our program contacts

The Beckman Scholars Program is coordinated through the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department.  Questions can be directed to our program coordinators.


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