Equal Partners in Discovery

Applications for the 2018-19 Beckman Scholars Program

Basic qualifications

  1. Applicants must currently be a 2nd or 3rd year student.
  2. Applicants must have and maintain a GPA no lower than 3.5.
  3. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.
  4. All applicants must work with one of the approved faculty mentors. This list cannot be altered or amended.
  5. If you are selected as a Beckman Scholar, you agree to fulfill all the program requirements listed at the bottom of this page.


No later than the 23rd of February, 2018, applicants must electronically submit the following.

  1. A letter describing the student’s interest in pursuing research as a component of their broader career goals, any relevant research experience or personal background, and how participation in this program will advance their academic and research career. Please name your research mentor and indicate your current academic year in this letter.
  2. A current curriculum vita or resume
  3. An unofficial UVA transcript
  4. A succinct research plan written by the student with appropriate input from their mentor. The plan should be no more than two pages in length and include
    (a) background as necessary for a scientist outside your field to understand the research problem,
    (b) the question to be answered or hypothesis to be tested,
    (c) the scientific approach to be taken and methods to be used, and
    (d) how the data will be used to answer the question or test the hypothesis.
    (-) Helpful hints: Successful applications focus more on the research plan than on background. Literature cited is not included in the two page limit.
  5. In addition, applicants should have two letters of support sent directly to the program:
    (a) A letter of support sent directly to us by the research mentor that includes a statement of the significance of the work, and the promise of the applicant as a scientist.
    (b) A second letter of support sent directly to us by someone familiar with the applicant, but outside their research mentor’s lab

Applicants and letter writers should email their materials to Beckman.Scholars@virginia.edu. All files should include the applicant’s family name in the file name (e.g. jones cv.pdf).

Important dates

Finalists are expected to attend the awards banquet, whether or not they are selected as Scholars, in keeping with the professional nature of these awards.

Program requirements

Applicants must be willing to meet the following requirements and expectations if they are chosen for an award:


Kitter Bishop


Kitter Bishop is the Program Coordinator for our Beckman Scholars. Write to Kitter with questions about submitting your application, or about events like the Annual Banquet.

Email Ms. Bishop

William Guilford


Will Guilford is the Program Director for Beckman Scholars at UVA. Write to him with questions about the program, support for current Scholars, or general inquiries from the press.

Email Dr. Guilford