Beckman Scholars Program

Wellesley College 2019 Beckman Scholars Application

Sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply for the 2019 Beckman Scholars program.  The Beckman Scholars program is designed to enhance research opportunities for students who have demonstrated an outstanding performance in their science courses and show exceptional promise for independent research. 

A student chosen as a Beckman Scholar in 2019 will receive stipends ($6,800/summer) to perform ten weeks of research at Wellesley during Summer 2019 and Summer 2020.   The Scholar will also receive a stipend ($4,600/academic year) to perform research during the 2019-2020 academic year.  In addition to working in the lab during these times, Scholars will be expected to complete the honors thesis program and present their findings in presentations on and off-campus.  Students will also be expected to attend the Beckman Scholars Symposium in Irvine, CA during each of the two summers.  To support these expectations, Scholars will receive funding for research supplies and for travel to present their work at national research conferences.  Please note that the Beckman Foundation requires that all scholars must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. 

Beckman Scholars must work in the research lab of one of the following faculty research mentors:  Chris Arumainayagam (chemistry), Louise Darling (biological sciences), Don Elmore (chemistry), Sharon Gobes (neuroscience), Vanja Klepac Ceraj (biological sciences), Megan Núñez (chemistry), Mala Radhakrishnan (chemistry), Rachel Stanley (chemistry), Marc Tetel (neuroscience), and Michael Wiest (neuroscience). 

If you are interested in applying for the 2019 Beckman Scholars program, you should contact one of these mentors to discuss potential projects.  In addition to working directly in her mentor’s research lab, a Beckman Scholar will also be assigned an alumna mentor who previously participated in the program.

Applications for 2019 Beckman Scholars will be due on Monday, February 25.  All applicants should submit the following materials as part of their application:

1)  A research proposal (2-3 pages) describing your proposed research in one of the faculty mentor’s lab.  This proposal should include literature references (not included in the page count).

2)  A personal statement (1 page) outlining previous research experience and how participating in the Beckman Scholars Program would support your future plans.  We hope to make the Beckman Scholars Program representative of the diverse economic, ethnic, and occupational backgrounds of families in the United States.  If you wish, your personal statement can include any characteristics or other personal information about yourself that you wish to share with the review committee.

3)  An unofficial transcript (obtained through Banner).

4)  Two letters of recommendation from faculty members.  One of these letters must be from your proposed Beckman Scholars mentor.

These materials should be submitted as .pdf attachments to by Monday, February 25.  Students should include items 1-3 as attachments to a single message, while faculty should submit letters of recommendation directly to this address.   Applications will be evaluated by members of the Beckman Advisory Committee (Barb Beltz and Kaye Peterman), who will invite selected applicants for interviews.  Final Beckman Scholar selection will occur before Spring Break.

If you have any questions about the Beckman Scholars Program or the application process, please contact Megan Núñez (