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Beckman and Columbia College Science Scholars Program

Columbia College is one of 12 institutions nationwide selected to receive the Arnold and Mabel BeckmanFoundation’s Beckman Scholars Program Award to support outstanding undergraduate researchers in biology and chemistry. In a partner program, the College is matching this support with its Columbia College Science Scholars Program.

 Beckman and Columbia College Science 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
  • All Scholars are required to present their summer research in poster format at the Undergraduate Research Showcase, which takes place early in the fall semester. In preparation for this event, Beckman Scholars submit to the Beckman Faculty Chair an abstract summarizing the results of the research conducted during the summer or the preceding academic year. Columbia College Research Scholars submit abstracts to their faculty mentors for approval. Like the original proposal, the abstract should be placed in the context of some broader scientific issue, but focused on the specifics of the project and conclusions of the research, even if those are provisional or tentative. Scholars are expected to have incorporated editorial advice from their mentors before submission.

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


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 3.5

  • be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions

  • commit to performing undergraduate research related to their major during  summer 2018 (ten 40-hour weeks), the 2018-2019 academic year (at least 10 hours per week), and summer 2019 (ten 40-hour weeks) in one of the labs of the Beckman and Columbia College Science Scholars faculty, which are:


Initial Applications should consist of one PDF document including, 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)
  • 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)
  • one letter of recommendation from a faculty member (This letter should be sent separately, by the faculty member, directly to Dean Ariella Lang,
  • your preferred program faculty mentor (from the list above), whom you have contacted and received permission from to list his or her name on your application 
    • include a short statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why you are interested in this faculty mentor’s lab and what project in that laboratory you’d like to work on

If your initial application is chosen, you will be invited to submit a Detailed Research Plan:

  • a Detailed Research Plan should include research background, a research hypothesis, a detailed breakdown of the experiments you plan on performing, and how your results will be analyzed


  • February 12, 2018 5:00 pm EST (Monday)- Initial Applications should be submitted as a single PDF to Ariella Lang at

  •  March 9, 2018 (Friday) – Invited Detailed Research Plans should be submitted to Ariella Lang at

  •  March 16, 2018 (Friday) – Faculty selection committee decisions finalized

  • May 21, 2018 – July 30, 2018 – First summer of research (10 weeks)

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.
  • Questions about either program should be directed to Ariella Lang, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Current Beckman Scholars

Current Columbia College Science Scholars