The Beckman Scholars Program at UCLA supports outstanding UCLA undergraduate researchers who are majoring in 1) Chemistry, 2) Biochemistry, 3) Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics (MIMG), or 4) Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology (MCDB). Beckman Scholars must complete two summers and three quarters of research (15 months total; Summer 2023 through Summer 2024) with a UCLA Beckman Faculty (listed below) and complete an honors or departmental thesis project under their supervision. The Beckman Scholars Program is a national grant program funded by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, and is invitation-only.



  • Conduct research for a minimum of ten hours per week during Fall 2023, Winter 2024, and Spring 2024
  • Conduct research for a minimum of forty hours per week for ten weeks during Summer 2023 & Summer 2024
  • Enroll in a departmental 198 or 199 course with your Beckman Faculty Mentor for at least two quarters during the 2023-2024 academic year
  • Complete an honors or departmental thesis by the end of Summer 2024
  • Participate in UCLA’s Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) professional development seminars during Summer 2023
  • Present at the SPUR Symposium during Summer 2023 and 2024
  • Present at Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase during Spring 2024
  • Attend the annual Beckman Regional Symposium in Summer 2023 and 2024, and present your research in 2024
  • Submit a final report to the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation in Summer 2024


Beckman Scholars will receive an academic scholarship totaling $18,200 (payment schedule below).

  • $4,600 paid in three equal payments over the 2023-2024 academic year
  • $6,800 paid in one payment for Summer 2023
  • $6,800 paid in one payment for Summer 2024

Scholarship payments are disbursed through the Financial Aid Office and will be applied to the Scholar’s BruinBill. Each Scholar will also receive an additional $2,800 fund to support travel and supplies related to their research project as well as graduate school application fees ($700 max).


The Beckman Scholars Program is invitation-only. Students are nominated in February by their Beckman Faculty Mentor and eligible nominees are invited to apply in March.


Alec Hernandez
Program Representative