Beckman Application Process

  • Beckman Scholar Award Details

The total award amount is $19,300 per student which is broken down in the following manner:

  • Summer stipend of $6,000 per summer

  • Academic year stipend of $4,000

  • Summer travel and supplies scholarship for $850 per summer

  • Academic travel and supplies scholarship for $1,600

  • 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
  • Overall GPA of 3.4 or above

  • 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.
  • Complete the on-line application form, using the Safari or Firefox browsers. Internet Explorer is not fully supported at this time. If you have technical difficulties with the form, contact us immediately at or 353-2020.

  • Ensure that all materials, including recommendations, are submitted by February 19, 2014.

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

  • 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 as a whole.

Awards will be announced in April 2014.

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 (Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics): Protein structure; biochemistry; X-ray crystallography; aldolase structure, activity and disease

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

Prof. John Caradonna (Dept. of 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. Linda Doerrer (Dept of Chemistry): Organic chemistry; chemical synthesis

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

Prof. Horacio Frydman (Dept. of Biology): Symbiosis; Wolbachia; intracellular bacteria; Drosophila reproduction and development

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

Prof. Thomas Gilmore (Dept. of Biology): Molecular biology and cell biology; malignant transformation of cells by retroviruses and human oncogenes; lymphoma/leukemia; structure and function of transcription factors; NF-kB; evolutionary origins of NF-kB in basal marine organisms

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

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

Prof. Deborah Perlstein (Dept. of Chemistry): Biochemistry; metabolic pathways in bacteria; enzyme-substrate interactions

Prof. John Porco Jr (Dept. of 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 (Dept. of Biology): Protein-DNA interactions; systems biology; molecular biology; inflammation; transcription factor NF-kB; protein-protein interactions on DNA

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

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