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 is delighted to be one of 12 universities selected for the Beckman Scholars Program, a three-year award provided by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. The Beckman Scholars Program is a prestigious and highly selective undergraduate research program, affording students an elevated level of engagement with their research mentors and providing the Beckman Scholars with an unparalleled and financially supported undergraduate research experience that spans one academic year and two summers.

Important Program Dates

Beckman Scholars Research Presentation and Information Session was held on October 25, 2019.

Beckman Scholars Application Information Session  - January 2020, details TBD

Application Deadline – February 15, 2020

Awards Announced – On or by April 8, 2020

Summer 2020 - Program begins!

Beckman Scholar Program Symposium - August 2020


It is expected that two Beckman Scholars will be selected in April of each year (2018, 2019 and 2020).  Beckman Scholars selected in April 2020 are expected to commit to 10 weeks of full-time research (40 hours per week) during summer 2020 and 2021 and 10 hours per week of research during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Beckman Scholars Stipend Support:

  • Summer 2020 - $6,800
  • Academic Year 2020-2021 - $4,600
  • Summer 2021 - $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.

Program Mentors

Applicants to the Beckman Scholars Program, must have one of the following faculty mentors:

About the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

(The information below is taken directly from the 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.