Departments of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences

Beckman Scholars Program Overview

The purpose of the Beckman Scholars Program is to provide exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students with a meaningful undergraduate research opportunity, while funding the scholars during their award term in order to preclude the need to seek additional employment.  The research activities shall be centered in the Departments of Chemistry or Molecular Biosciences, under the guidance of a faculty mentor chosen from a list of 15 faculty members in these two departments. The amount of funding for the 2016 Beckman Scholars Program per student is $26,000; $21,000 specifically for the Scholar (as stipend and a travel and supply fund) and $5,000 for the Scholar's Mentor.

The 2016 program will support students during Summer 2016 through the end of Summer 2017.  The Beckman Scholars stipend will support the students to perform part time research (ten hours per week) during the academic year, and full time research for each of the two summers (ten 40-hour weeks per summer).

We are currently seeking to renew the Beckman Scholar Program for 2018. Please check back soon for updates.

Beckman Scholars for 2017 Announced

The KU Beckman Scholars Program announces the selection of the Beckman Scholars for 2017: Mattea Keister, sophomore from Arveda, CO majoring in biochemistry, and Zachary Wood, sophomore from Eureka, MO majoring in chemistry. These students will take part in a 15-month program designed to enrich their development as students and scientists through innovative research, mentoring, collaboration and practice in effective communication. The program offers students a unique opportunity to become immersed in the scientific community. Read more

Mattea Keister


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