Washington University awarded spot in 2023 Beckman Scholars Program

Washington University in St. Louis is one of 14 institutions nationwide selected by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation for undergraduate scholarship program.

Washington University in St. Louis is one of 14 colleges and universities selected to participate in the 2023 Beckman Scholars Program, a funding program that will provide scholarships to six undergraduate students over the next three years. The award, created by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, is intended to “provide in-depth, sustained undergraduate research experiences for exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students at accredited U.S. four-year colleges and universities.”

The students selected for the award will each receive $21,000 to cover costs such as scientific supplies, travel to scientific symposia, and a student stipend over two consecutive summers and a full school year. Mentors for each student will also receive $5,000.

Anne Hultgren, executive director of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, said that “each of our awarded institutions has committed to hosting unique and engaging research programs for their diverse and talented undergraduate researchers and it will be exciting to see their progress during the award.”

A team of 14 faculty-mentors in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry on the Danforth Campus and the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics and Molecular Microbiology at the Medical School collaborated on the grant application, said Joseph Jez, the Spencer T. Olin Professor in Biology and chair of the Department of Biology.  “Each member of the team is dedicated to undergraduate research and mentoring students at the start of their careers.”

Washington University in St. Louis will announce its two Beckman Scholars for 2023 before the end of the semester.