Columbia College is one of 12 institutions nationwide selected to receive the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation’s Beckman Scholars Program Award to support outstanding undergraduate researchers in biology and chemistry. In a partner program, the College is matching this support with its Columbia College Science Scholars Program.
Beckman and Columbia College Science Scholars will receive:
- Up to $18,200 over the course of two summers and an academic year
- Up to $2,800 travel and research fund
- Opportunities to present their research to program faculty, attend networking events with other scholars and faculty, and attend workshops related to professional development as scientists
- All Scholars are required to present their summer research in poster format at the Undergraduate Research Showcase, which takes place early in the fall semester. In preparation for this event, Beckman Scholars submit to the Beckman Faculty Chair an abstract summarizing the results of the research conducted during the summer or the preceding academic year. Columbia College Research Scholars submit abstracts to their faculty mentors for approval. Like the original proposal, the abstract should be placed in the context of some broader scientific issue, but focused on the specifics of the project and conclusions of the research, even if those are provisional or tentative. Scholars are expected to have incorporated editorial advice from their mentors before submission.