Beckman Scholars Program

For the 2018-19 year the Beckman Scholarship is pending renewed funding. Check back in December 2018 for the application process for the 2019-20 scholarships.


Purpose: The Beckman Scholars Program provides scholarships to advance the education, research training and personal development of outstanding students (Sophomore/Junior level) majoring in chemistry, biochemistry and/or the biological sciences.

To apply for the scholarship, you need the following: commit to conducting research for two summers and the full academic years; plan to pursue an advanced degree (preferably a Ph.D.); have a GPA ≥ 3.5; be US citizen or permanent resident; and have excellent communication skills and leadership ambitions.

Support begins in June prior to the Junior/Senior year and is as follows:
$21,000 total as listed below -
Summer Research, first summer, 10 weeks - $ 6,800
Academic year research - $ 4,600
Summer Research, second summer, 10 weeks - $ 6,800
Research supplies and travel allotment - $ 2,800
Planned Program Activities:
Summer Research and professional advancement activities
Academic Year Honors Colloquia Fall/Spring
Travel to a scientific meeting to share research results
Presentation of research results at the Beckman Symposium during the second summer

Application Procedure, submit the below items to the SEO Office:

  1. Beckman Applicant Profile
  2. "Statement of Purpose" (two pages) describing your career goals as well as your interests and ambitions to conduct research, and/or your research experience and accomplishments
  3. Statement (one page) of Dr. Beckman’s contributions to science and their impacts
  4. Unofficial copies of your transcript(s)
  5. All Science Transcript Form
  6. Three letters of recommendations that address:
  • Your potential and desire for graduate study and for a science/biomedical science career
  • Your written and oral communication skills

Direct questions about the Beckman Scholar Program to Professor Uschi Simonis, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, TH 111A,, 415-338-1656.