The Beckman Scholars Program gives high-performing undergraduate students in the fields of biomedical sciences, biology, chemistry and neuroscience the opportunity to conduct independent laboratory research under the mentorship of select, expert faculty mentors. Beckman Scholars will benefit from additional professional development opportunities and will be well-positioned to pursue their graduate educations and careers in science.
The Arnold and Mable Beckman Foundation renewed the Beckman Scholars Program at GSU in 2024. This means that the Honors College will name two Beckman Scholars each spring semester for three years, starting in 2024. Beckman Scholars will receive $21,000 over 15 months, including travel and supplies, and their faculty mentors will receive $5,000 to support educational expenses for their scholars.
*The application window will close on March 10 at 11:59 pm.
Competitive candidates for the Beckman Scholars Program have demonstrated academic excellence and an interest in pursuing an advanced degree in science. Eligible Beckman Scholars are curious, motivated and seeking experiences that will develop their knowledge and skills in the fields of biomedical sciences, biology, chemistry or neuroscience.
Watch the video to hear Veda Balaji talk about her experience as a Beckman Scholar.
- Full-time, baccalaureate degree-seeking student on the Atlanta campus at Georgia State University as of Summer 2024
- Majoring in biomedical sciences, biology, chemistry, or neuroscience
- GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Expected graduation date no earlier than December 2025 for Baccalaureate Degree
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or its possessions
- Motivated and committed to performing research activities part-time (minimum of 10 hours per week) during one academic year and full-time (40 hours per week) over two consecutive summers.
Prior research experience is not required.
Selected Beckman Scholars must:
- Provide a headshot within 3 days of selection notification
- Consent to have their transcript released to the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
- Remain in good academic standing
- Complete the Honors College Research Skills Workshops Certificate Program
- Conduct an honors thesis and participate in the Thesis Pitch Competition
- Present at the Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference
- Meet with the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships to discuss the feasibility of submitting at least one national fellowship or scholarship application
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to exemplary scientific and academic ethics as set forth in Arnold O. Beckman’s Rules for Success
- Applications are due by March 10, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.
- Finalists will be notified and invited to an interview preparation workshop in late March/early April.
- Finalist interviews will be conducted in early- to mid-April.
- Selected Beckman Scholars will be announced in late April/early May.
The Beckman Scholars Program selection committee looks at the student applicant’s overall GPA, including transfer credits.
No. Only students majoring in biomedical sciences, biology, chemistry, or neuroscience are eligible to apply.
No. Eligible student applicants must be enrolled at Georgia State and ready to start as a Beckman Scholar in Summer 2024.
Yes. Students who intend to conduct research as part of their medical career are eligible. However, the onus is on student applicants to provide convincing proof of their intent to conduct research.
Yes. You may apply again if you meet eligibility criteria, including the stated graduation date requirement.
The following faculty have been selected to mentor our Beckman Scholars based on their commitment to guiding undergraduate researchers and their record of cutting-edge research:
Sarah Brosnan is a professor of psychology, neuroscience and philosophy. Her research explores the behavioral, cognitive and hormonal mechanisms underlying decision-making across a variety of species, particularly non-human primates, and how these decisions are influenced by ecology and the social environment.
Cynthia Nau Cornelissen is a Distinguished University Professor, associate director of the Institute for Biomedical Sciences and the director of the Center for Translational Immunology. Her research is interested in characterizing virulence factors that enable the sexually-transmitted pathogen, N. gonorrhoeae, to cause infection.
Daniel Cox is a professor of biology and neuroscience. Research in the Cox Lab is focused on dissecting the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the specification and modulation of neural connectivity with an emphasis on the control of dendrite development and circuitry driving nociceptive pain in Drosophila in the context of both health and neurological disease.
Dr. Du is a Distinguished University Professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences. Her research mainly focuses on the rational design and development of effective and safe vaccines and therapeutic agents to prevent and treat infection caused by coronaviruses and flaviviruses, and understanding of the pathogenic mechanisms of these viruses.
Sang-Moo Kang is a professor in the Institute of Biomedical Sciences. His research is focused on designing and developing effective vaccines against viral diseases, better understanding vaccine-induced protective immune mechanisms and studying pathogen-induced inflammation and developing anti-inflammatory therapeutics.