Columbia College

Beckman Scholars Program

Columbia College is one of 12 institutions nationwide selected to receive the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation’s Beckman Scholars Program Award to support outstanding undergraduate researchers in biology and chemistry.

 Beckman Scholars will receive

  • Up to $21,000 over the course of two summers and an academic year;
  • Opportunities to present their research to program faculty, attend networking events with other scholars and faculty, and attend workshops related to professional development as scientists; and
  • An invitation and funding to attend a symposium at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation in California to present their work and meet other Beckman Scholars and faculty from around the nation.

Questions about the program should be directed to Ariella Lang, Assistant Dean of Academic Planning and Administration..


All applicants must

  • be current first-year or second-year undergraduate students in Columbia College intending to major in or majoring in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, chemical physics, biophysics or neuroscience and behavior; 
  • have a cumulative GPA in all courses of at least 3.7; 
  • have a faculty mentor who has agreed to attend the Beckman Symposium on August 3rd - 5th, 2017 at the Beckman Foundation in California if the applicant is chosen as a Beckman Scholar;
  • be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions; and
  • commit to performing undergraduate research related to their major during  summer 2017 (ten 40-hour weeks), the 2017-2018 academic year (at least 10 hours per week), and summer 2018 (ten 40-hour weeks) in one of the labs of the Beckman Scholar Program faculty, who are


Applications are due TBA, and should consist of one PDF document that includes the following materials in this order:

  • your resume, no more than 2 pages;
  • a copy of your official CU transcript, and a transcript from your previous institution if you have transferred into Columbia College (please make sure that these are included in the single PDF submission and not requested separately);
  • a statement (no more than 500 words) about your future research goals, your goals after graduation, and any previous research experience you may have had (no prior research experience is necessary);
  • the names of two faculty members who have agreed to write letters of recommendation for you, if needed (the letters will not be submitted with the initial application, but will only be requested of finalists); and
  • your preferred program faculty mentor (from the list above), whom you have contacted and from whom you have received permission to list his or her name on your application.

If you are selected as a finalist, you will need to submit the following additional materials by Friday, February, 24, 2017:

  • two Beckman value statements, one by you and one by your faculty mentor;
  • a scholar mentorship plan from your faculty mentor; and 
  • Detailed Research Plan that includes the following:
    • research background, a research hypothesis, a detailed breakdown of the experiments you plan on performing, and how your results will be analyzed.


  • January 30, 2017, 5:00 pm EST (Monday) - Applications should be submitted as a single PDF to with a subject line of "Beckman Application"
  • February 24, 2017 (Friday) - Letters of recommendations and Scholar Mentorship Plans due
  • March 10, 2017 (Friday) - Interview of finalists
  • March 17, 2017 (Friday) – Faculty selection committee decisions finalized
  • May 22–July 30, 2017 – First summer of research
  • August 3-August 5, 2017 - Beckman Symposium

Additional Program Information

  • Students who have applied to or have committed funding from other Columbia-based or external  research programs are still eligible to apply to this program.
  • Finalists will be invited to a 10-minute interview on Friday, March 10th, 2017, sometime between 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM.
  • The Beckman Scholars will be expected to attend the Beckman Symposium on August 3rd - August 5th, 2017, at the Beckman Foundation in California; travel expenses will be paid for by the Beckman Scholar Program.

Current Beckman Scholars