Overview

The Beckman Scholars Program at Brown provides outstanding undergraduate students in the biological and chemical sciences with rigorous research training, intensive faculty mentoring and peer support, and a distinctive enrichment program that develops the skills they need to become leaders in science. The program provides undergraduates with the unique opportunity to pursue a collaborative research project with a Brown faculty mentor and a co-mentor at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), the internationally recognized research and teaching center in Woods Hole, MA.

Brown students accepted to the program will participate in high-impact science conducted by multidisciplinary teams and learn how to conduct their own independent research. Headquartered in Brown's Science Center, the Beckman Scholar's Program will advance the University's longstanding commitment to undergraduate research and multidisciplinary collaborations and build on its recent, major investments in the sciences. 

Brown and MBL share a commitment to undergraduate education. Brown's 15 faculty mentors, and the 11 MBL scientists who have agreed to serve as Beckman Scholars co-mentors, either have existing research partnerships or actively seek such collaborations. Students have the opportunity to conduct their first summer of research at MBL and spend the following academic year conducting research at Brown. The site of the second summer research experience, at Brown, MBL or both institutions, will depend on the focus of each student's project.

The Beckman Scholars Program at Brown

Lead by Dr. Susan Gerbi and Dr. David Targan, Brown's program has two aims: identify exceptional science students and provide them with exceptional opportunities for academic and personal growth. Brown meets its aims through strong leadership, an exacting selection process, and world-class research and enrichment experiences.

Financial Support

Beckman Scholars receive a $6,000 stipend per summer and $4,000 per academic year to develop their projects. Additional funds are available for travel and supplies, as well.

Enrichment Activities

Along with weekly individual meetings and informal daily meetings with their Brown mentor, and active participation in weekly laboratory group meetings to present their own research, each Beckman Scholar is offered a suite of activities to enhance their communication skills, advance their leadership potential, and assist them in preparing for graduate school or medical training. 

Beckman Scholars also participate in workshops aimed at devloping the skills neeeded to conduct exceptional science at the graduate level and beyond. Scholars present their work at the annual Summer Research Symposium, Research Thursdays, and during STEM Day 2014. As a highlight to the program, Scholars also attend the Beckman Scholars Annual Research Symposium.