CU Boulder's Beckman Scholars Program

The Beckman Scholars Program, supported by two generous grants from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, offers an in depth research experience to exceptionally talented, full-time CU Boulder undergraduates in the biological sciences. Beckman Scholars conduct independent laboratory research under the supervision of one of fifteen faculty mentors from five departments:

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

Since 2017, the program has supported six undergraduate Beckman Scholars over the course of three years.  In 2020, we received our second 3-year Beckman Scholars Program grant and will award an additional six undergraduate research scholarships–two per year–in Spring '20, '21, and '22.

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 symposium typically takes place in August, 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 co-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.