Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Beckman Scholars Program 2014

Program Summary

The purpose of the Beckman Scholars Program is to help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing their studies at accredited four-year colleges and universities located in the United States of America. These research activities shall be centered in either chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences or some combination of these subjects. Candidates for Beckman Scholars must be full-time students throughout the duration of the award.


The University of Iowa has been invited to submit one application.  The application may be prepared either individually or jointly by the respective chairs of the academic units of chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences or their designated representative(s). 

The research activities performed by Beckman Scholars shall be conducted under the guidance of a full-time faculty member at the college or university receiving an award. The research work performed by the Scholar shall be deemed to be publishable by the student's faculty mentor. Such activities shall be performed part-time (ten hours per week) during one academic year and full-time over two summers (ten weeks each summer) immediately before and after the academic year research experience.
Students will be named as Beckman Scholars in the spring of their sophomore or junior years at their university or college. Once selected to be a Beckman Scholar, a student will retain the funding as long as he/she continues to excel academically, is in good academic standing, and his/her research work shows satisfactory progress. Beckman Scholar summer funds may extend through the summer following graduation. Beckman Scholar funds provided to any one student may not exceed two summers and one academic year.
Award Information
A university/college will be eligible for one award that must be used over a three-year period. Each award will fund up to six Beckman Scholars (including student scholarships, travel funds and research supplies) extending over two summers and one academic year. Carnegie Classification Research I universities will be eligible to receive up to six (no more than three scholarships to be awarded in any one year) Beckman Scholar awards.
The amount of funding per student is $19,300, assuming he/she works two full-time summers and one part-time academic year.  The Beckman Foundation does not provide for overhead or for indirect costs. 

NOTE: The University of Iowa strongly encourages multidisciplinary and multi-departmental collaborative initiatives in response to the Beckman Scholars Program RFA.  Programs are expected to develop a unique and sustainable undergraduate research opportunity for highly talented undergraduates.  Key metrics for identifying qualified students and for evaluating success of the program should be included in the WINS response.

Internal Selection Process

The UI Office of the Vice President for Research has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee.  Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria.  Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions.  Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:

1.   A two page CV
2.   A Letter of Interest in applying to the program.  It should have the following elements:

3.  Please be sure the project is identified on each page and number the pages.

The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2013.  The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's Friday, June 14, 2013, 5:00 p.m., PST, deadline

Proposal Due to OVPRED04/19/2013 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF06/07/2013
Date Due to Sponsor06/14/2013
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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