Beckman Scholars Program

Contact Information

The Beckman Scholars Program is directed by Donald Feke, vice provost and professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  The administrative director is Sheila Pedigo, director of SOURCE. 

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Case Western Reserve University has benefited from the Beckman Scholars Program provided by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. The three-year award began in summer 2018. The Beckman Scholars Program provides a 15-month mentored research experience, and is one of the most prestigious and highly selective undergraduate research programs, affording undergraduate researchers an elevated level of engagement with their research mentors while also providing them with an unparalleled and financially supported undergraduate research experience that spans one academic year and two summers.

CWRU applied for a new Beckman Scholars Program in June 2022 and expects to hear in or by December 2022 whether or not we have received the Beckman Scholars Program award for 2023-2026.  However, we want  students to be aware of this wonderful possibility,  as you make your decisions about research opportunities.

Just as the Beckman Scholars Program is highly selective for colleges and universities, it also is highly selective for undergraduate researchers who are selected to be Beckman Scholars. The Beckman Scholars Program at CWRU is directed toward undergraduate students majoring in biochemistry, biology, chemistry (including chemical biology), neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or biomolecular and chemical engineering who display a genuine passion for and commitment to research beyond fulfilling academic major requirements in addition to an outstanding academic record.

Learn more about the Beckman Scholar application process.

Important Program Dates

  • Beckman Scholars Application Information Session: TBD
  • Application Deadline: February 15, 2023
  • Awards Announced: On or by April 7, 2023
  • Summer 2023 Program begins: June 1, 2023


It is expected that two Beckman Scholars will be selected in April of each year (2023, 2024 and 2025). Beckman Scholars selected in April 2023 are expected to commit to 10 weeks of full-time research (40 hours per week) during summer 2023 and 2024 and 10 hours per week of research during the 2023-24 academic year.

Beckman Scholars are supported with a stipend throughout their research experience:

  • Summer 2023 — $6,800
  • Academic Year 2023-24 — $4,600
  • Summer 2024 — $6,800
  • Beckman Scholar Stipend Total — $18,200       

In addition, Beckman Scholars have scientific supply and travel funding of $2,800 available to be distributed as needed to support current research activities.

Beckman Scholar Program Mentors

Students considering becoming Beckman Scholars must be mentored by 1 of 15 Beckman Scholar Mentors. A passion for research is embodied by our faculty and coupled with a commitment to teaching and mentoring students in the classroom, laboratory, and beyond. Our Beckman Scholar mentors were specifically selected based on criteria that included:

  • Evidence of using mentoring methods to support success for Scholars from all backgrounds.
  • A track record of mentoring undergraduate researchers for an extended period of time with substantive projects.
  • Evidence of co-authored articles with undergraduate researchers as well as mentees who present both on-campus and off-campus at regional and national conferences.
  • Undergraduate researchers who go on to PhD MD, or MD/PhD programs.

Review the list of Beckman Scholar Program Mentors.

About the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

(The information below is taken directly from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation website. We encourage students who are applying to read the website and learn more the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation)

Dr. Arnold O. Beckman, founder of Beckman Instruments, Inc., created devices that revolutionized the study and understanding of chemistry and human biology. Dr. Beckman once said, "There is no satisfactory substitute for excellence." This philosophy, combined with his personal integrity and love for science, guided his life and helped shape both his company and his highly decorated career.

Dr. and Mrs. Beckman have generously contributed millions of dollars to the advancement of scientific research. In 1977, they made the decision to start the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation with a mission of supporting research in the chemical and life sciences (broadly defined) and especially in innovation in instrumentation.

(The information below about Dr. Beckman is taken from section VI of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation 2018 Beckman Scholars Program Award Terms Acknowledgement.)

Dr. Beckman always considered the greater good, whether it was through his scientific innovations, business dealings or personal relationships. The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation holds steadfast to the directives of Dr. Beckman and his wife Mabel, his values, and the mission of the Foundation. Dr. Beckman believed strongly in reinvesting in science and research, supporting the up and coming scientists and looking for the future “Arnold Beckmans” of the world. In turn, the Foundation tasks each recipient of an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation award to employ a similar “pay it forward” philosophy by promoting the legacy of Dr. Beckman, his values and his scientific contributions through their interactions in the scientific community and the world. Award recipients fulfill this task by serving as Dr. Arnold O. Beckman’s living legacy and, as a means of continuing Dr. Beckman’s mission for the sciences, recipients with demonstrated expertise in their area of research are called upon to serve on review committees and panels, lending their scientific expertise to the further development and evolution of the Programs supported by the Foundation.

Learn more about The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.