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Beckman Scholars Program


Santa Clara University is proud to be the new recipient of the Beckman Scholars Program. The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation carefully reviews extensive information about institutions across the country and then identifies colleges and universities to receive Beckman Scholars Program application invitations. Invited institutions must demonstrate a significant commitment to undergraduate research. They must also demonstrate the capability to compete successfully on a national level for scientific research funds, in peer-reviewed government and private foundation supported programs. Their faculties and their research facilities are also judged to be of the quality to support high caliber undergraduate research.

The purpose of the Beckman Scholars Program is to help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students who have the potential to be outstanding leaders of the next generation of researchers. The scholars can choose to work with any of the selected Faculty Mentors. The research activities are centered at the interface of chemistry, biology, and the medical sciences with an application to a global and/or medical health need. The 15-month experience provides continuous support for a mentored research project over two summers and one academic year.

The research will be performed full-time over two summers and part-time (ten hours per week) during the contiguous academic year. Scholars must be available and commit to the entire 15 consecutive months to be eligible to receive an award. Once selected to be a Beckman Scholar, a student will retain the funding by excelling academically, remain in good academic standing, and shows satisfactory research progress.

Our Partner: The Beckman Foundation

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The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation provides grants to researchers and non-profit research institutions in chemistry and life sciences to promote scientific discoveries, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research. The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation established by Dr. and Mrs. Beckman. In 1997, the Beckman Foundation initiated the Beckman Scholars Program, which recognizes outstanding undergraduate students in chemistry, biochemistry, biological and medical sciences research at select universities and colleges throughout the United States. 

2020 Beckman Scholar to focus on cancer research

Chemistry major Adriana Gutierrez Ramirez ’22 will continue research with the Abbyad Lab as this year’s Beckman Scholar.

Kat Xia Selected as SCU’s First Beckman Scholar

Biology major Kat Xia ‘20 will spend the next 15 months conducting research on polymers thanks to funding by the Beckman Scholars Program which supports outstanding students in the sciences.