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Beckman Application Process

 Beckman Scholar Award Details

The total award amount is $21,000 per student, which is broken down in the following manner:

  • Summer stipend of $6,800 per summer

  • Academic year stipend of $4,600

  • Travel and supplies allowance for $2800 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 urop@bu.edu or sent by regular mail to the UROP Office (143 Bay State Road).
  • 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 on-line application, contact us at urop@bu.edu or 353-2020.

  • Ensure that all materials, including recommendations, are submitted by Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

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 late March or early April 2015.

More information about the Beckman Foundation and their Beckman Scholars Program Awards can be found on their website at: http://www.beckman-foundation.com

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