In the fall of 1997, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation announced the Beckman Scholars Program. Its purpose is to help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented undergraduate students at our nation’s universities and colleges; young people who ultimately will become prominent leaders in their scientific and professional pursuits. The research activities are to be centered in chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences or some interdisciplinary combination of these subjects. The Beckman Scholars Program is a merit-based program; issues of gender, race and financial need should not be considered contributing factors in the application or the selection of Scholars process. We believe that the generous student financial support which provides for in-depth, sustained undergraduate research experiences and the related Annual Beckman Symposium offer an academically stimulating and very distinctive educational experience.
For the year 2015, after considering undergraduate research quality and commitment indicators at universities and colleges across the country, 154 were invited to submit applications for consideration for institutional Beckman Scholars Program Awards. Following a review of the highly competitive applications, an advisory panel of 12 distinguished faculty assisted the Foundation in selecting 39 finalist institutions. After extensive review and discussion of final applications, the panel recommended, and the Foundation Board of Directors approved, 12 institutional awards supporting 61 Beckman Scholars across the nation.
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