CU Boulder's Beckman Scholars Program

The University of Colorado Boulder was selected by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation as one of eleven institutions in the United States to receive a 2017 Beckman Scholars Program Award. The Beckman Scholars Program offers an in depth research experience to exceptionally talented, full-time CU Boulder undergraduates in the biological and chemical sciences. Beckman Scholars will conduct independent laboratory research under the supervision of one of fifteen faculty mentors from five departments:

Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Integrative Physiology
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Psychology and Neuroscience

The program will support six undergraduate Beckman Scholars over the course of three years (starting in the summers of 2017, 2018, and 2019), awarding between one and three new Scholars each year.

Scholar Benefits

  • $18,200 student stipend ($6,800 first summer, $4,600 academic year, $6,800 second summer)
  • $2,800 in supply and travel funds.
  • $5000 faculty mentor stipend to support educational expenses for their scholar.
  • Beckman Scholars may be invited to attend the annual Beckman Symposium in each of the two summers of their award term. The 2018 Beckman Symposium will be held in August (Dates to be announced, in Irvine, California

Requirements and Expectations

  • Must perform research activities part-time (ten hours per week) during one academic year, and full-time over two consecutive summers.
  • Must enroll in a Research Practicum course taught by Beckman Scholars Program director, Dr. Brian DeDecker.
    Must submit a final report to the Beckman Foundation at the conclusion of the research experience.
  • Must meet periodically with Dr. DeDecker to discuss progress.
  • Beckman Scholars are expected to conduct independent research suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Beckman Scholar are expected to demonstrate exemplary scientific and academic ethics and a deep sense of duty as a leader their local and global community.