In 2019, Whitman received a Beckman Scholars Program award sponsored by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. The program provides an in-depth, sustained undergraduate research experience for exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students at accredited U.S. four-year colleges and universities. This prestigious program supports research for four students (1 or 2 each year) and their pre-approved Beckman faculty mentor over two consecutive summers and one academic year. Students may also be invited to attend the Annual Beckman Symposium. Beckman Scholars receive generous stipends for two summers and two semesters of research and leadership activities.

What is the Beckman Scholars program?

To become a Beckman Scholar is both an honor and a commitment. The selective program supports students and their Beckman faculty mentor over two consecutive summers and one academic year. Beckman Scholars receive stipends of $6,800 each summer (400 hrs) and $4,600 for 10 hours/week during the school year. Beckman Scholars also receive up to $2,800 for supplies and research to support current research activities. Students may also be invited to attend the Annual Beckman Symposium. Beckman Scholars take a leadership role in developing professional development opportunities for the summer student research community at Whitman, including:

  • Research Seminar Program: Beckman Scholar(s) will help organize and coordinate a seminar series, which will include presentations by external research scientists as well as the Beckman Scholars themselves. This will help them develop their professional communication and scientific networking skills.
  • Summer Science Cafes: Each summer, Beckman Scholar(s) will help organize weekly informal presentations (journal clubs, resume writing, interview skills, etc) by fellow students, staff, and faculty. These gatherings will build community, develop professional and interpersonal skills, and foster peer mentoring/learning among the cohort of summer research students.