Beckman Scholars will receive a scholarship of up to $21K over two summers (two ten-week intensive research programs in the summers) and the intervening academic year.

In addition to support for research, the scholarship supports attendance at professional meetings including the national Beckman Scholars Program Symposium at the Beckman Foundation (August of each year, location TBD).

In addition to their research responsibilities, scholars will also participate in activities designed to enrich their development as students and scientists throughout their tenure, including the Spring quarter "Practice of Science" course (Phys16) and academic year seminar "Science for the Common Good" (MCDB 194KF), where participants will receive 1-2 units of credit each quarter. These seminars will help prepare Beckman Scholars to deepen their understanding of research careers, build communication skills, and establish valuable connections that will support them as they embark on their own research careers.

During their tenure, Beckman Scholars will have many opportunities to present their research in research talks and posters during the summer programs and at national meetings, and Scholars should work with their research mentors to prepare publication(s) for peer-reviewed journals.

Scholar Stipend

  • Academic Year: $4600

  • Each Summer: $6800

Scientific Meeting Travel and Research Supplies

  • Research Supplies: $1600

  • Funding for Conference: $1200

Research through the program will be conducted under the guidance of one of the twelve UCSB faculty mentors in the Chemistry/Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, and Materials Departments. Please see the 'Faculty Mentor' page for an updated list of potential faculty mentors.

Funding for Faculty Mentors

Research Supplies: $3800

Funding for Conference: $1200


Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be one of the following majors: Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or three select majors of the College of Creative Studies (Physics, Biology, Chemistry)
  • Must be currently enrolled as a full time UCSB student in ANY year (must be enrolled for the first summer and academic year of the program)
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident or DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Status
  • Must have some research experience
  • Must currently work with (or be interested in working with) one of the 12 Beckman Scholars Program Faculty Mentors (or any collaborator of one of these 12 faculty)
  • Must intend to pursue a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD

The Beckman Scholars program places equal emphasis on merit, diversity, equity, and inclusion during Scholar Selection.
If you have any questions about eligibility or program details, please contact the Program Coordinator.

UC Santa Barbara Beckman Scholars Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships UCSB California NanoSystems Institute