Typically, the Rubin synthetic organic chemistry lab is highly populated by undergraduate students (about 5-6 on average, 8 last summer). We believe that such a collaborative and competitive environment is very beneficial for developing experimental expertise in new members. Guided by several graduate students and myself, our undergraduate colleagues typically achieve high performance in their research, often comparable to that achieved by our best graduate students. We would engage a Beckman Scholar with his/her own research project dealing with development of new synthetic methodology for medicinal chemistry. Working in a small, research-focused team, s/he would have an opportunity to improve his/her research, leadership and collaboration skills. In the frame of our existing sponsored international collaboration, the Scholar would have the option of an internship in one of two research sites in Russia. Annually, the Beckman Scholar would present his/her results at the Midwest Regional ACS meetings. S/He would also attend one National ACS Meeting and/or one International conference in Russia – sponsored by our Russian research site. Our undergraduate colleagues are also expected to participate in the write up of articles disclosing the results of their research. We believe that these activities would allow serious improvement of the Scholar's writing and presentation skills in preparation for his/her future career.