Beckman Scholars Program

In 2011, Middlebury College was awarded another 3 years of funding for the  Beckman Scholars Program at the College.

The Beckman Scholars program, founded in 1997, is a national program to support research activities by exceptional chemistry, biochemistry, biological and medical science students sponsored by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation in Irvine, CA.

The Middlebury Program
The Middlebury program consists of a Beckman program faculty (see list below) mentored student research project that takes place over a summer, the academic year, and then a second summer. The scholarship will support a student in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular, or developmental biology (see applicant eligability below).

The student will work with the faculty mentor 40 hours a week for ten weeks each summer and 10 hours a week during the academic year. The student will receive a stipend of $6,000 plus $850 for travel and supplies each summer and $4,000 plus $1,600 for travel and supplies during the academic year for a total of $19,300.

The student and faculty mentor will also travel to the Beckman Scholars Annual Research Symposium in July. Beckman Scholars from throughout the country gather at the Beckman Center for National Academies of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine, California. The Symposium features presentations by select Beckman Scholars, poster presentations, keynote speakers, informal seminars on topics of special interest by leading scientists, and social activities. All Symposium travel, lodging, and other expenses for Beckman Scholars and faculty mentors are paid for by the Beckman Foundation.

Applying to Become a Scholar

Eligible student criteria:

  • US Citizens or permanent residents
  • Sophmore or junior status with a declared biochemistry, chemistry, or MBB major
  • Student must be enrolled in or completed General Chemistry II (CHEM 104) or Advanced General Chemistry (CHEM 107) or have an AP equivalent
  • Excellent academic standing

2012 applications are due Monday, February 20, 2012:

  1. Beckman Program Application (Cover Page)
  2. One page letter that explains the applicants motivation for applying, commitment to participating in a long term research project and aspirations for a career in chemistry, biochemistry, the biological or medical sciences.
  3. A one-two page research proposal, developed in collaboration with a Faculty Mentor
  4. A transcript of all college level course work
  5. Two letters of reference. One from the Faculty Mentor and one from a Middlebury professor not involved in the Beckman Program

Please send all materials electronically to uro@middlebury.edu with "Beckman Scholar Application" in the subject line.

Beckman Program Committee
Sunhee Choi, Chair
Pat Manley
Bob Cluss
Jim Ralph
Steve Sontum
Roger Sandwick
Bill Sunderman

Beckman Program Faculty Mentors

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Sunhee Choi
Jeffrey Byers
Molly Costanza-Robinson
James A. Larrabee

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (MBB) Program
Grace Spatafora
Catherine Combelles
Jeremy Ward

Applications will be reviewed and 2-3 finalists chosen. Finalists will be asked to give an oral presentation and be interviewed by the committee for Scholar selection. Scholars will be notified by late March. There will be 1 Beckman Scholar chosen to begin in the summer of 2012.

2008 Scholar

Michelle Personick '09

2009 Scholar

Justin Bogart '10

2010 Scholars

Will McConaughy '11
Jack Terrett '11

2011 Scholars

Martine Stewart '12
Daniel Shaw '12

2012 Scholar

David Stillman '14