The Beckman Scholars Program

The goal of the University of Pittsburgh Beckman Scholars Program is to provide scientific training, professional development, and financial support for a cohort of outstanding undergraduate students to perform cutting-edge research during a 15-month time frame under the mentorship of renowned university faculty. The University of Pittsburgh was one of only 12 institutions nationwide that were selected for this prestigious award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. 

The Beckman research project must be performed in the laboratory of an approved faculty mentor (see below), who will provide training in the scientific development of the Scholar. Sessions on professional development will also be offered across the biomedical, engineering, and physical science disciplines. Scholars are expected to work in the laboratory full time (40 hours per week) for two summers and 10 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters in the intervening academic year. A total of six Scholars will be selected in 2015-2017, and the capstone of the Scholars’ experience will be attendance and professional presentations at scientific meetings, including the annual Beckman Scholars Summer Symposium in California. It is expected that each Scholar also will contribute to the publication of at least one scientific manuscript. The stipend for this position is: $13,600 for the first and second summer periods, and $4,600 for the intervening academic year (for a total of $18,200). A travel and supply fund of $2,800 also is provided, as well as $5,000 in support of the Faculty Mentor’s laboratory.

Students interested in the scholarship must already be working in the laboratory of an approved faculty mentor, and be nominated for the scholarship by that faculty member. Applications are due in the late Spring term of each academic year (2015-2017). For additional information, please contact a member of the Beckman Scholars Executive committee at the University of Pittsburgh:

Dr. Edward Stricker (edstrick@pitt.edu), Dean of the University Honors College and Distinguished University Professor of Neuroscience

Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky (jbrodsky@pitt.edu), Avinoff Professor of Biological Sciences

Dr. Harvey Borovetz (borovetz@pitt.edu), Distinguished Professor & Former Chair of Bioengineering, and Robert L.Hardesty Professor of Surgery

Approved Faculty Mentors

Dr. Tia-Lynn Ashman, Professor of Biological Sciences

Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky, Avinoff Professor of Biological Sciences

Dr. Lance Davidson, Associate Professor of Bioengineering

Dr. Alexander Deiters, Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Graham Hatfull, Eberly Family Chair in Biotechnology and Professor of Biological Sciences

Dr. David Lewis, Thomas Detre Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Steven Little, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Michael Lotze, Assistant Vice Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, and Professor of Surgery and Bioengineering

Dr. Stephen Meriney, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry

Dr. Linda Rinaman, Professor of Neuroscience, and Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Sunil Saxena, Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Sanjeev Shroff, Distinguished Professor and Gerald McGinnis Chair in Bioengineering; Professor of Medicine

Dr. Alan Sved, Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. William Wagner, Professor of Surgery, Bioengineering, and Chemical Engineering, and Director, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Peter Wipf, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry