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An announcement of the Spring 2015 competition will be emailed to all undergraduates on or soon after March 16th. A copy of that email is reproduced here:


Does research interest you ?
Do you think you would like to become a research scientist ?
Would you like a taste of what it's like in graduate school without the lectures or exams ?
Would you like to be in a program designed to maximize your research experience AND be paid to do it ?

Since 1999, the Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry has run a Beckman Scholar program, one of a very small number of programs in the country that supports extended periods of undergraduate research. This program is open to any UT undergraduate student, in good academic standing, who is a US citizen or permanent resident. As you will be expected to perform scientific research with one of our list of Beckman mentors (professors), applicants would be expected to have some scientific background, at a minimum, credit or registration in CH302. It is generally expected that students in their Junior or Sophomore year will be most suitable for this program; however students at any stage of their undergraduate career may apply provided they do not intend to graduate before Spring 2016.

We are funded to support two Beckman Scholars this year. Scholars will be paid to carry out full-time research in Summer 2015 and 2016 and part-time research in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. The scholarship also include funds for research expenses and student travel to scientific meetings.

The time line for applications to this program is short. Our website contains all the information you need to know. If any of this email excites you, you should check out the website. Once you have read the website, complete the online application form, linked to our website, download the list of required supporting material and complete your application by noon on Monday April 6th, 2015.

Do not think "Oh I'd never win a scholarship" or "These scholarships are already targeted for those students who win all the other scholarships", because you may be WRONG! While GPA is considered, it is by no means the main factor in our selection process. A strong enthusiastic interest in research and an aptitude for original thought are the most important things that you will need. In addition to choosing Beckman Scholars, we also attempt to place most finalists and many semi-finalists in research groups and nominate applicants for other scholarships.

Looking forward to hearing from y'all.

Beckman Scholar Program Director

Application for the Spring 2015 competition is now open. There are two parts to your application. You must complete this online application form.The list of supporting material required for the 2015 Beckman Scholar Program is available here for download.

By noon on Monday April 6th 2015, your application form must be completed, and supporting material needs to be submitted by email to the program director (

All people who submit an application will be contacted by email by April 10th to be told whether or not they successfully made it to the semifinal round. Semifinalists will have a further round of application to complete. Finalists will be interviewed in the last week of the semester, and final selection of this year's Beckman Scholars will be made by the last class day.

For assistance in completing your application, you may contact the Beckman Scholar Director, Dr Ruth Shear at


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