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. 

Questions may be directed to

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 is a prestigious and highly selective undergraduate research program, 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 will reapply for a new Beckman Scholars Program in June 2022 with hopes of having an award for summer 2023. 

Learn more about the Beckman Scholar application process.

Important Program Dates

The last two of six Beckman Scholars completed their final research during summer 2021. Ramona Johnson and Sakin Kirti will present their work virtually on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 at 6:15 p.m. Students may register to attend and obtain the Zoom link on Handshake. Staff and Faculty may register to attend via Zoom and obtain the session link upon registration.


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.

Students are encouraged to review the mentors’ research profiles. For those whose work interests you, please email the Beckman Scholar Mentor directly, explaining your interest in their work, desire to become part of their team and desire to apply for the Beckman Scholars Program.

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.