Beckman Application Process

Beckman Scholar Award Details

The total award amount is $21,000 per student, which includes:

  • Summer stipend of $6,800 per summer
  • Academic year stipend of $4,600
  • Travel and supplies allowance for $2,800 per summer
  • Travel and lodging for Beckman Scholars Annual Research Symposium


You must satisfy all of the criteria listed below in order to be eligible for this award.

  • Boston University sophomore
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.4
  • Majoring in Biology, BMB, Chemistry, or Biomedical Engineering

Application Process

  • Read through the descriptions below and select three mentors whose research interests you.
  • Request two letters of recommendation from Boston University faculty. Letters may be emailed to or sent by regular mail to the UROP Office (143 Bay State Road).
  • Complete the online application. If you have technical difficulties with the online application, contact us at or 617-353-2020.
  • Ensure that all materials, including recommendations, are submitted by the application deadline. Applications are due February 21, 2018.

After all applications have been received, finalists will be selected. If you are a finalist, the following steps will be taken:

  • Your application materials will be forwarded to your three potential mentors.
  • You will conduct a short one-on-one interview with each of your potential mentors.
  • You will be interviewed by the Beckman Scholars Committee.

Awards will be announced in late March or early April 2018.

More information about the Beckman Foundation and their Beckman Scholars Program Awards can be found on their website at:

Beckman Faculty Mentors and Research Interests

Prof. Karen Allen (CAS Chemistry): Protein structure; biochemistry; X-ray crystallography; aldolase structure, activity and disease

Prof. Jennifer Bhatnagar (CAS Biology): Molecular biology and ecology; genomics; fungal growth competition and dynamics; climate change biology

Prof. Cynthia Bradham (CAS Biology): Developmental biology; Sea urchin embryogenesis; genomic and transcriptomic analysis

Prof. John Caradonna (CAS Chemistry): Non-heme iron metalloproteins and metalloenzymes; biochemical and medical aspects of iron/pterin-dependent aromatic amino acid hydroxylases; computational methods for rational metalloprotein and metalloenzyme design

Prof. Sean Elliott (CAS Chemistry): Biochemistry; molecular biology; redox regulation of protein; cysteine-based regulation of proteins; cytochrome c

Prof. Robinson Fulweiler (CAS Biology and CAS Earth & Environment): Marine biology; ecology and environmental sciences; chemical analysis of water; nitrogen and carbon fluxes

Prof. Thomas Gilmore (CAS Biology): Molecular biology and cell biology; human oncogenes and lymphoma/leukemia; structure and function of transcription factors; NF-kB; evolutionary origins of NF-kB and molecular ecology

Prof. Angela Ho (CAS Biology): Molecular biology and cell biology; Alzheimers Disease; mouse models; intracellular transport and signaling of proteins

Prof. Kimberly McCall (CAS Biology): Drosophila genetics; molecular mechanisms of cell death; ovary development

Prof. Frank Naya (CAS Biology): Molecular genetics of heart development; transgenic mice; molecular biology; transcription factor Mef2a; cardiac disease models; transcriptional control of developmental gene expression

Prof. John Porco (CAS Chemistry): Development of new methodologies for chemical synthesis and their application to synthesis of complex natural products and natural product-like molecules

Prof. Trevor Siggers (CAS Biology): Protein-DNA interactions; systems biology; molecular biology; inflammation; transcription factor NF-kB; protein-protein interactions on DNA

Prof. Arturo Vegas (CAS Chemistry): Organic synthesis; biological chemistry; drug development; targeted therapeutics

Prof. Adrian Whitty (CAS Chemistry): Biochemistry; protein structure and function; small-molecular drug discovery

Prof. Joyce Wong (ENG Biomedical Engineering): Biomaterials, tailoring cell-material interfaces for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications; direct, quantitative measurement of biological interactions