OVERVIEW

The Beckman Scholars Program 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 with a UCLA Beckman Faculty and complete an honors or departmental thesis project. The Beckman Scholars Program is funded by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

ELIGIBILITY FOR 2023-2024

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Conduct the proposed research project for a minimum of ten hours per week during the 2023-2024 academic year
  • Conduct the proposed research project for a minimum of forty hours per week for ten weeks during Summer 2023 and 2024
  • Maintain full-time student status during the 2023-2024 academic year (enrolled in 12 units minimum each quarter)
  • Enroll in a departmental 198 or 199 course for at least two quarters during the 2023-2024 academic year
  • Complete an honors or departmental thesis project by the end of Summer 2024
  • Participate in SPUR professional development seminars in Summer 2023
  • Present at the SPUR symposium during Summer 2023 and 2024
  • Present at the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase in 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

SCHOLARSHIP/FUNDING

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.

APPLICATION

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

CONTACT

Alec Hernandez
Program Representative
beckmanscholars@college.ucla.edu