Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Beckman Scholars Program 2015

NOTE:  The deadline and guidelines posted below are based on the 2014 Beckman Scholars Program and will be updated when the 2015 guidelines are released by the foundation.  Please feel free to contact Cheryl Ridgeway ( in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development with questions.

Program Summary

Established in 1997, The Beckman Scholars Program is an invited program for accredited universities and four-year colleges in the United States. It provides scholarships that contribute significantly in advancing the education, research training and personal development of select students in chemistry, biochemistry, and the biological and medical sciences. The sustained, in-depth undergraduate research experiences and comprehensive faculty mentoring are unique in terms of program scope, content and level of scholarship awards. 


The University of Iowa may 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 and Economic Development 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 Tuesday, March 11, 2014.  The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's Friday, June 13, 2014, 5:00 p.m., PST, deadline

Proposal Due to OVPRED03/11/2014 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF06/06/2014
Date Due to Sponsor06/13/2014
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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