Beckman Scholars Program

Who heads the program? Prof. Uschi Simonis, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

What are the goals of the program? Beckman Scholars are selected as future leaders in chemistry, biochemistry, and the biological and medical sciences. The scholarships are designed to help the scholars reach their fullest potential in their selected scientific disciplines.
How are funds distributed and what other benefits? Support begins in June prior to the Junior/Senior year and is as distributed as follows.

Summer Research 1st Year - 10 weeks $ 6,000
Academic Year Research $ 4,000
Summer Research 2nd Year - 10 weeks $ 6,000
Research supplies and travel allotment $ 3,300

During the summer, all Beckman Scholars from throughout the country who have completed their academic year and summer undergraduate research activities will meet for an Annual Research Symposium at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine, California. Faculty mentors of Beckman Scholars will be invited to the Symposium as special guests, with travel costs to the symposium covered by the Beckman Foundation.

What are the eligibility requirements? Candidates for Beckman Scholars Program must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. at the time of application. Documentation of permanent residency status must be provided with the application. Students who have applied for permanent residency but have not received their government documentation by the time of application are not eligible. Candidates must be actively enrolled as an undergraduate at SFSU and carry out research during two summers and one entire academic year. Beckman Scholar stipends provided to a student will not exceed two summers and one academic year.

How is the selection handled? Each Beckman Scholar will be selected by a committee that is headed by Prof. Uschi Simonis and consists of all participating Beckman Faculty in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biology. The selection criteria include commitment to future excellence in science, potential for research, and academic achievements.

What is expected of me if I get the scholarship? The Beckman scholar engages in research carried out part-time (up to ten hours per week) during one academic year and full-time over two summers (ten weeks each summer) immediately before and after the academic year research experience. The research performed by the Scholar should lead to a publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Students will be named Beckman Scholars in the spring of their sophomore or junior years. Once selected to be a Beckman Scholar, a student will retain the scholarship as long as he/she continues to excel academically, remains in good standing, and his/her research work shows satisfactory progress.

What about the annual Beckman Scholars Symposium? All Beckman Scholars will attend the Annual Beckman Scholars Symposium at the Arnold and Mable Beckman Foundation, which will feature:
* oral presentations by a selected group of Beckman Scholars as well as poster presentations by the other scholars
* keynote presentations by internationally prominent scientists, often including a Nobel Prize winner
* a series of informal concurrent seminars on topics of special interest by leading scientists from academia, industry and national government laboratories
* memorabilia reflections about Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Beckman
* formal and informal social activities

The Annual Symposium is a three evening, two day event. Staff at the Beckman Foundation will coordinate all arrangements and reservations for the Symposium. All Symposium related travel, lodging, and other expenses for Beckman Scholars and faculty advisors will be arranged by the Beckman Foundation.

Who do I contact if I have any further questions?
Prof. Uschi Simonis, TH 111A,, 415-338-1656
Student Enrichment Opportunities (SEO) SCI 200
College of Science & Engineering, San Francisco State University,
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: (415) 338-1305
Fax: (415) 338-0927


Last modified February 15, 2010