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The Beckman Scholars Program

Case Western Reserve University is delighted to be 1 of 12 universities selected for the 2018 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 uninterrupted financially supported undergraduate research experience that spans one academic year and two summers.


Upcoming Beckman Scholars Program Dates

Beckman Scholars Application Information Session  - Monday, January 29, 3:15pm, Adelbert M2

Application Deadline – February 15, 2018

Student Interviews - TBD

Awards Announced – On or by April 6, 2018

Summer 2018 - Program begins!

Beckman Scholar Program Symposium - August 2018


Contact for the Beckman Scholars Program

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


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


Beckman Scholars Stipend Support:

Summer 2018 - $6,800

Academic Year 2018-2019 - $4,600

Summer 2019 - $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.

 Eligibility Requirements

  • The Beckman Scholars Program is aimed at rising second- and third-year students at the time the summer research program begins during summer 2018.  
  • The program is restricted to majors from biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, chemistry or nutrition.
  • Beckman Scholars must be full-time students and remain in good academic standing.
  • Beckman Scholars must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.
  • Beckman Scholars will have a minimum overall and science GPA of 3.60.
  • Past and/or present laboratory research experience (e.g. high school experience, industry-based research, etc.) is expected.
  • Genuine interest in scientific research (beyond major requirements) and scientific leadership; in pursuit of PhD, MD, MD/PhD, or other scientific pursuits.
  • Ability to commit to two summers of full-time research (10 weeks at 40 hours week) and part-time research during the academic year in between (10 hours per week).



Deadline – February 15, 2018


Application Process

Beckman Scholar applicants must be accepted by one of the Beckman Scholars Program Mentors.  Students must discuss their interest in applying to the Beckman Scholars program and their project idea with the Mentor.  Mentors will select and encourage students who will complete the application process.

A completed application consists of:

  • Completed application form
  • Resume or CV
  • One-page statement of your future academic and career goals and how becoming a Beckman Scholar is integral to your future goals and plans.
  • Two- to three-page independent research project proposal, including project description and methodology.  The project must be mentored by one of the Beckman Scholars Program Mentors.
  • Two faculty letters of recommendation: one from the identified Beckman Scholars Program Mentor; one from a science faculty member or previous research mentor.  Please complete the top section of the recommendation form and give the form to the appropriate recommender.   Beckman Mentor Reference Form   Science Reference Form

 The Beckman Scholars Program Application

Finalist Interviews

The Beckman Scholars Award selection committee will select five applicants for an in-person interview.  Finalists will prepare and deliver a 10-minute presentation that outlines their research and academic goals, interest in and commitment to becoming a Beckman Scholar, and proposed research project.  A Q&A session will follow the presentation.


Beckman Scholars Program Mentors


 Applicants to The Beckman Scholars Program, must have one of the following as a faculty mentor:


Drew Adams, Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics

Eben Alsberg, Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Radhika Atit, Professor, Department of Biology

Carlos Crespo-Hernández, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

Jessica Fox, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Efstathios Karathanasis, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Alan D. Levine, Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology

Danny Manor, Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition

Claudia Mizutani, Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Emily Pentzer, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Julie Renner, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Mohan Sankaran, Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Anirban Sen Gupta, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering


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 about Dr. and Mrs. Beckman and 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



resources for applicants

SOURCE Summer Funding

List of all previous projects

List of recent AHSS recipients