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Beckman Scholars


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A Beckman Scholar working in the lab with her mentor

The Beckman Scholars Program offers a 15 month research experience to exceptionally talented, full-time Penn State undergraduates performing research in the biological and chemical sciences under the supervision of one of 13 faculty members


Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or it possessions.
  • Applicants must have completed at least three semesters of coursework
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average above 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, as of Spring 2021.
  • Applicants must be proposing research under mentorship of Beckman Scholar Mentor.
  • Applicants must submit intent to apply by indicated deadline. (Spring 2021, January 29)

Required applications materials

  • A curriculum vitae
  • An unofficial copy of student transcript from Lion Path
  • A two page research proposal written by the applying student.
  • A one page statement of goals written by the applying student.
  • Two letters of recommendation provided by faculty members (emailed directly from faculty member to Lindsey Sampsell).
    • One of the two letters of recommendation must be provided by the proposed research mentor.

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic excellence, including courses taken and grade point average
  2. Research excellence, including importance and feasibility of the proposed research, and scholarship of the research proposal
  3. Support from the proposed Mentor
  4. Demonstration of potential for success in graduate or medical school and leadership in a scientific career.