UA Beckman Scholars Program

About the UA Beckman Scholars Program

The Beckman Scholars Program, funded by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, helps stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing their studies at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The Beckman Scholarship is a prestigious one, providing a total student stipend of $18,200 plus $2,800 for research supplies and travel support over the course of the 15-month experience. One to three Beckman Scholars may be selected annually.

Group picture of UA Beckman Scholars

Catherine Weibel, Amanda Warner, Randall Eck, and Jamie Takashima at the 2019 Beckman Symposium

The UA Beckman Scholarship Program gives undergraduates funding and support to conduct in-depth research with one of 15 UA Beckman Mentors in UA’s College of Science on a full-time basis for two consecutive summers, and part-time during the intervening academic year. UA Beckman Scholars work on a project of interest in their selected mentor’s lab and engage in professional development activities including serving as peer facilitators at the annual UBRP Ethics Retreat, leading undergraduates in small group discussions during the summer, inviting and hosting an eminent scientist to give a seminar at UA during the academic year, meeting with Beckman Mentors, and serving as student leaders within the Undergraduate Biology Research Program.  Learn more about our UA Beckman Scholars and their work here.

Eligibility for the 2021-2022 UA Beckman Scholars Program

To apply to UA’s Beckman Scholars Program you must:

  • Be a University of Arizona full-time undergraduate student majoring in any biological or chemical science.
  • Be a freshman, sophomore, or junior at the time of application, with an expected graduation date of May 2022 or later.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.
  • Be willing and able to devote Summer 2021 and Summer 2022 (both full-time) and the intervening 2021-2022 academic year (part-time) to working on a research project.
  • Be willing and able to participate in the Beckman Foundation’s summer symposium, held in Irvine, CA, for both summers (travel expenses will be covered).
  • Be willing and able to serve as a summer small group leader and peer facilitator for Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) participants, and engage in the professional development activities associated with this program.

We are currently in the grant renewal process for this program. If funded, application information will be made available in mid-December 2020.


Please contact Marisa Lester in the Undergraduate Biology Research Office at