The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation identifies colleges and universities that will receive Beckman Scholars application invitations. The extremely thorough selection process is a two-part review led by a panel of scientific expert with institutions chosen based on their dedication to undergraduate research in chemistry, biology and/or combinations thereof and their ability to compete in national level programs.
With support from The Beckman Foundation, Texas A&M Beckman Scholars are identified as the top undergraduate students majoring in specific science fields during their freshman year. Once selected, Beckman Scholars receive a generous stipend and begin their research careers with designated Beckman faculty mentors the summer prior to their sophomore year. Beckman Scholars continue their research projects through graduation and also participate in various activities:
- Leadership development
- Networking opportunities
- Review and publication of scientific research
- Preparation for National Fellowship, graduate, or professional school applications.
Beckman Scholars commit to full-time (40 hours/week) research for at least ten weeks for the summers after their freshman and sophomore years with an approved Beckman Faculty mentor, and at least 10 hours/week of research during the fall and spring semesters of their sophomore, junior and senior years. The summer after their junior year is free for an internship, study abroad, or other summer program.
The Beckman Scholars meet as a group once a month through the summer, fall, and spring semesters to discuss science and research, leadership case studies, and meet with high profile administrators and scientists and former Beckman Scholars. They are expected to take on leadership positions at TAMU and within the undergraduate research community.
Beckman Scholars must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents, attend TAMU full-time, and maintain a 3.5 GPR from the end of their freshman year to the start of their junior year.