Beckman Scholars Program

The Chemistry of Life Program is proud to bring the Beckman Scholars Program, supported by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, back to NC State University!

The Beckman Scholars Program is a 15-month mentored research experience for exceptional undergraduate students in chemistry, biological sciences, or interdisciplinary combinations thereof.

This generous institutional award, provided by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to NC State University’s Chemistry of Life Program, spans three years (2021 – 2024), and will enable the funded support of six scholar–mentorship team pairs. Each internally selected scholar will receive a $21,000 research stipend to facilitate 15-months of mentored research (nine academic calendar months, two three-month summers), in addition to $5,000 provided for the faculty mentor.

The NC State Beckman Scholars Program in the Chemistry of Life is a program built off of experiences in undergraduate team science training in the biomedical sciences through the Comparative Medicine Institute, but now for the first time being developed at the Chemistry:Life Science interface through the Chemistry of Life Program. It represents exceptional and distinctive training across a set of talented faculty and strong departments. We believe it is a model for training that will provide a template for others around the world and one that yields great success from both a research and education standpoint.

NC State Undergraduates currently in their freshman or sophomore year of study, apply here: https://forms.gle/gkRWv94UFXSpYUg3A

Faculty Mentors

Erin Baker
Chemistry
ebaker@ncsu.edu
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Ashley Brown
Biomedical Engineering
aecarso2@ncsu.edu
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Colleen Doherty
Biochemistry
cjdohert@ncsu.edu
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Reza Ghiladi
Chemistry
raghilad@ncsu.edu
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Albert Keung
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
ajkeung@ncsu.edu
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John Meitzen
Biological Sciences
jemeitze@ncsu.edu
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David Muddiman
Chemistry
dcmuddim@ncsu.edu
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Joshua Pierce
Chemistry, Program Director
jgpierce@ncsu.edu
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Caroline Proulx
Chemistry
cproulx@ncsu.edu
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Balaji Rao
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
bmrao@ncsu.edu
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Lauren Schnabel
Clinical Sciences
lvschnab@ncsu.edu
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Melanie Simpson
Biochemistry
msimpso3@ncsu.edu
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Rob Smart
Toxicology
rcsmart@ncsu.edu
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Leslie Sombers
Chemistry
lasomber@ncsu.edu
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Gavin Williams
Chemistry
gjwillia@ncsu.edu
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