Beckman Scholars Program

Opportunity Description:

The Beckman Scholars Program provides students in the College the best opportunity to develop the skills that will promote their success during their graduate and post-graduate training and begin building tools for independence and leadership in molecular sciences. In addition to working in the laboratory of a UChicago mentor you will meet weekly with other undergraduate researchers on campus to develop judgment, insight and critical thinking skills.

The program provides a total award of $21,000, as follows:

Summer fellowships ($6800 each summer)     $13,600
Academic year fellowship     4,600
Travel and supply award     2,800

Full-time commitment is required during the summers; you may not take courses nor can you hold another paying job. Beckman Scholars must be US citizens or permanent residents.

Finally, during their second summer in the program, Beckman Scholars are required to attend the Beckman Scholars Symposium sponsored by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, held annually at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine, California in late July or early August.

Minimum Qualifications and/or Eligibility Requirements: 

The Beckman Scholars Program is aimed towards current second-year students in the College, or third-year students who commit to working in their mentors' labs for two full summers.

Application Process: 

To apply for the Beckman Scholar Program, complete the application form, from:

In addition to the application form, please include:

  • A statement with:
                   A description of your research experience up until now
                   Reasons for wanting to participate in the Beckman Scholars Program
                   Your post-graduation and career goals.
  • An official U of C transcript (sent through Parchment)
  • A 3-page research proposal, exclusive of references and figures, describing the project including an experimental approach
  • A letter of recommendation and commitment from the mentor
  • A letter of recommendation from another U of C faculty member, or a previous research mentor
  • Curriculum Vitae


Application Deadline: 

Monday, January 27, 2020
For more information on this opportunity, please contact: