The Hanson research group develops synthetic methods and immobilized reagents for bioactive compound and chemical library synthesis. We are engaged in a number of collaborations for biological evaluation of all compounds. Our group philosophy is premised on providing guidance and motivation to optimize the learning and training process, where we use a graduate/postdoctoral co-mentoring model to provide long-term direction to students interested in a career in chemistry and chemical biology. Critical features of this program will be enhanced for the Beckman Scholars, including weekly research meetings/sub-group meetings that engage students in data and research evaluation, learning the literature, and project leadership. These objectives provide the necessary link for multiple interactions between students and faculty. Our theme is, "the best way to learn is to teach someone else." This philosophy is the cornerstone of the "team" concept in our laboratory. Undergraduate students are assigned to a project of her or his choice at the onset of their research experience and are paired with a mentor and team who provide long-term guidance and leadership. The student works directly with their mentor, team and myself where they acquire hands-on experience with techniques and instrumentation. Each semester, students present their results to hone their communication skills. Scholars will also be encouraged to write up final reports for publication.