The Beckman Scholars Program, established in 1997, is a highly prestigious, invited program for accredited universities and four-year colleges in the United States. It provides scholarships that contribute significantly to advancing the education, research training and personal development of select students in chemistry, biochemistry, and the biological and medical sciences. he sustained, in-depth undergraduate research experiences and comprehensive faculty mentoring are unique in terms of program scope, content, and level of scholarship awards.
Being named a Beckman Scholar is an extraordinarily high honor. The process by which a scholar is selected is quite rigorous. The selection is conducted by a committee of research faculty members, each with a strong record of mentoring undergraduate researchers. The selection process evaluates 1) the ability of the candidate in both written and oral communication by considering a required research essay and conducting an interview of each finalist; 2) the past achievements of the candidate by reviewing the entire undergraduate transcript, academic honors received, and all previous research experience; 3) the candidate's intellect, character, and potential to excel as a researcher by appraising a required written research plan and at least three letters of support from current and prospective faculty mentors; and 4) the candidate's potential for a career in research by evaluating a required written statement of educational and career plans.
To apply to become a Beckman Scholar, a student must be a sophomore or junior at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Chemistry, Biology, or a closely related discipline (such as chemical engineering or agricultural biotechnology), and have already completed at least one semester of research experience.
The University of Kentucky has had 3 Beckman Scholars Program awards (2002, 2005, 2008), each of which has funded 6 undergraduate scholars, for a total of 18 Beckman Scholars. In 2012, we were invited to compete again. Only 10 applications were awarded out of 45 submitted. Although UK's application was "highly regarded", we were not selected for funding this round.
The 2013 Beckman Scholars Program Awardees were: St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN; Tufts University, Medford, MA; University of FL, Gainesville, FL; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE; University of Richmond, Richmond, VA; University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA; and William March Rice University, Houston, TX. Congratulations to these institutions.
The University of Kentucky hopes to receive an invitation to reapply in 2014, and if so, will answer the call. Stay tuned!
All questions and application materials should be directed to:
Lexington, KY 40506-0054