Departments of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences

Beckman Scholars Program Requirements and Application

Candidacy Requirements

  • Pursuing a B.S. degree in one of the following research subject areas:
    • Biochemistry
    • Chemistry
    • Cell Biology
    • Genetics
    • Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
    • Microbiology
    • Neurobiology
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Sophomore standing or 2 years from B.S. degree completion
  • Have and maintain a GPA of 3.7 or above.
  • Plans to pursue a Ph.D. or similar advanced science degree.
  • If selected, a commitment to work in a designated research mentor's laboratory for 15 months, including two full summers (40 hours/week) and a minimum of 10 hours per week during the academic year.
  • Submit a completed application.

Application Materials

Application materials will include:

  • An up-to-date resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
    If a student has previous undergraduate research experience, one letter should come from the faculty research mentor.
  • Unofficial college transcripts to verify GPA and major eligibility
  • Essay describing relevant academic and research accomplishments and career goals
  • Identify the potential faculty mentor from the available mentor pool. If you are not already performing research in a designated faculty mentor’s lab, you are encouraged to meet with several potential faculty mentors from the designated list prior to submission to gauge compatible research interests. If selected as a scholar, you will be required to develop a detailed research plan with the guidance of your chosen mentor.

How to Apply

The application deadline is February 15, 2017

Use the online application form to submit your application.

how to apply


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