Beckman Scholars Program

2021 Application deadline: April 2, 2021.  See the Beckman Scholars flyer HERE.

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

To apply for the scholarship, you need the following: commit to conducting research for two summers and the full academic year; plan to pursue an advanced degree (preferably a Ph.D.); 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. The application deadline was 4/2/21. If you are still an undergraduate next year, you can check here starting 1/1/22 for the 2022-23 application.
  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 HERE
  6. Three letters of recommendations emailed to that address:
  • Your potential and desire for graduate study and for a science/biomedical science career
  • Your written and oral communication skills


For a list of the current Beckman Scholars Program research mentors click HERE.

For more information about the Beckman Foundation, click HERE. 

Direct questions about the Beckman Scholar Program to Professor Weiming Wu, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department,, 415-338-1436.