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Eligibility and Timeline

Thank you for your interest in the Beckman Scholars Program! Please review the information below regarding eligibility, timelines and the application process. Merit, diversity, equity and inclusion will all be considered during the Scholar selection process.

Required Criteria for 2023 Applicants (no 2024 award):

  • Must be a full-time Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry or Biochemistry undergraduate student
  • Have strong academic skills/GPA
  • Possess previous research experience. Applicants should have previous research experience and skills to apply for this intensive program. Examples include doing an independent research project in a faculty lab, conducting a detailed research project for a course or internship.
  • Can commit to 15-month continuous research program from June 2023 through August 2024
    • 10 weeks paid during summer 2023 and summer 2024 at 40 hrs per week
    • 10 hrs per week paid during fall 2023 and spring 2024 semesters
    • attend Beckman Scholars Annual Conference in August 2023 and present in August 2024
  • Have sophomore or junior status (rising seniors may also be eligible if can commit to full program timeline)
  • Be a US citizen, permanent resident of the US or its possessions, or possess DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient status
  • Intent to pursue advanced science degree (MS, PhD, MD, MD/PhD) or other similar scientific pursuits

Equal emphasis will be given to merit, diversity, equity, and inclusion during Scholar Selection. We recognize, value, and actively promote the essential contributions of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) in driving scientific progress and innovation. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds and are committed to ensuring a fair and impartial selection process for award recipients. We firmly believe that outstanding scientific achievements are not limited to any specific group but are the result of collective efforts from individuals representing various backgrounds and perspectives.

2023 Application Timeline:

The application process involves initial material submission, followed by more from selected finalists:

  • Friday March 10: Initial Application due
  • Friday March 17: Finalists notified
  • Friday April 14: Finalist supplmental application materials due
  • Friday April 28: Beckman Scholar announced
  • ~Monday June 5: Beckman Scholar Program begins with Summer Scholars Program