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Beckman ExcellenceHigh-caliber training for OSU's bright and energetic young investigators.

OSU is thrilled to offer the prestigious Beckman Scholars Program to support research potential among highly-motivated chemistry and life science students. 

BSP Overview

OSU received a highly-selective Beckman Scholars Program (BSP) award in 2023 from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. The OSU Beckman Scholars program is a prestigious, 15-month research experience for highly-motivated undergraduates in the disciplines of chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physiology, physics, and microbiology. Selected scholars will conduct independent research under the guidance of one the program's dedicated expert faculty mentors. OSU Beckman Scholars receive individualized research mentorship, alongside additional training in scientific communication, leadership, and community building. OSU BSP supports students in their pursuit of Ph.D. M.D. or M.D/Ph.D degrees. OSU BSP especially welcomes applicants who have no prior research experience.



Program Structure

Beginning in May 2023, the College of Arts and Sciences will name two Beckman Scholars each year for three years.


Each Beckman Scholar receives a stipend of $18,200, as well as additional funding for scientific supplies and travel to support their research activities. Stipends will be distributed as follows:

Beckman Scholars commit to 40 hours of research for at least 10 weeks during the summer (2023 and 2024) and 10 hours per week of research during the academic year (fall 2023 and spring 2024).

Meet our Scholars

Welcome our first-ever scholar-mentor pairs to the OSU Beckman Scholars Program
 Learn about our Scholars


All interested and eligible students are encouraged to apply. Prior research experience is not required.

  • Applications due March 24, 2023
  • Finalists selected in April
  • Scholar awardees announced in May
Application Eligibility and Details

OSU BSP Mentors

Beckman Scholars work with outstanding scientists devoted to the success of their student researchers. 

  • Programs mentors are pre-selected
  •  Applicants do NOT need to identify a mentor
  • Scholars will be matched with mentors in the scholar's area of interest
Mentor Research Areas


Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation

A story of excellence.
The Beckman Scholars Program supports young scientists around the country.


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"There is no satisfactory substitute for excellence."

- Dr. Arnold O. Beckman

OSU Beckman Scholars Program Leadership

Dr. Rachael Eaton BSP Director; CAS Program Manager for Student

Dr. Erika Lutter BSP Principal Investigator and Mentor; Associate Professor of Microbiology & Molecular

Dr. Kristen Baum CAS Associate Dean for


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