Beckman Scholars Program
Laura McCabe (Director) with Beckman Scholars Sarah MacLachlan, Jacob Gibson and Cassie Benjamin
MSU's Beckman Scholars program is looking for the most talented undergraduates at MSU to nurture as research scientists through quality mentoring, unique research experiences, and academic recognition. Research will be conducted in one of four areas:
- Molecular Metabolism and Disease (MMD)
- Evolution and big data sets (BEACON)
- Intestinal microbiome and its role in health and diseases (ERIN)
Beckman Mentors (11 faculty) and their research teams will prepare Beckman Scholars for a modern research environment that requires teamwork and multidisciplinary expertise. Innovative and exceptional training experiences will set MSU Beckman Scholars apart and make them strong candidates for graduate and professional programs.
Scholars will receive two years of support to cover training: a stipend of $6,800 for full time summer research and $4,600 for research during the academic year plus funds ($2,800) for travel to a national research society meeting and travel twice to the national Beckman Scholar meeting in California at the Beckman Institute. Selected scholars will start research training on June 1, 2016 and will need to submit a research proposal by the beginning of Spring semester 2017.
- Majoring in the College of Natural Science in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, neuroscience, or other biomedical science.
- Expecting to graduate in 2018 (ie: sophomore status).
- Prior research experience.
- A GPA of 3.5 or greater though students with GPAs between 3.2 – 3.5 with exceptional research credentials will be considered.
- Complete online application below before February 22, 2016, including:
- Student general information.
- GPA and permission to review academic record.
- Student curriculum vitae/biosketch.
- A less than 500 word essay on how research has impacted your experience at MSU and what you hope to gain by participating in the Beckman Scholar Program.
- Have a faculty member, that you have done research with, submit a recommendation letter to NatSci4u@cns.msu.edu before February 22, 2016.
Finalists will be contacted by the College of Natural Science Deans Office to request their availability for an interview with the selection committee. Candidates must respond to this survey in order to be considered. During the interview candidates will have a maximum of 5 minutes and 5 slides (i.e., Powerpoint) to discuss their research; this will be followed by 10-15 minutes of questions/discussion.