Beckman Scholars

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Who's Eligible?

Eligible Students are:

  • A full-time Binghamton University student with good academic standing
  • In the first four semesters of college (including transfer credits transfer credits from another four-year college, but not Advanced Placement or other pre-college credits) 
  • A citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or its territories and possessions 
  • A major in biochemistry, biological sciences, biomedical engineering, chemistry, integrative neuroscience 

What Does the Program Look Like?

Selected participants:

Undergo a 15-month (May 2024-Sept. 2025) mentored research experience and receive $21,000 to support their development and research endeavors.

All second-summer scholars will be asked to exhibit their research through poster presentation at the annual Beckman Symposium. If in-person, travel and hotel accomodations for the symposium are provided by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

Funding Breakdown:

  • Student Stipend $18,200; distributed as follows:
    • First Summer - $6,800
    • Academic Year - $4,600
    • Second Summer - $6,800
  • Student Scientific Supply and Travel $2,800; distributed as needed, to support current research activities. 

What Kinds of Research Can Scholars Expect?

Accepted students can expect to gain hands-on research in their field while working with respected faculty in their department of choice. Projects vary from mentor to mentor, but Beckman Scholars can look forward to projects such as:

  • Designing and synthesizing new molecules to detect cell viability
  • Tissue harvesting and biochemical assay training
  • Microscopy and microfluidic device design
  • DNA barcoding, field sample collection, and genomics
  • Shared mechanisms that underlie the effects of alcohol and stress in the medial prefrontal cortex

What does the application Require?

Applicants must provide:

  • The names of 3 mentors ranked in order most preferred (mentor information can be found below and in the selection packet)
  • A current resume
  • A copy of their unofficial transcript, including the current semester
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from a Binghamton University faculty member familiar with applicant’s academic work and one additional letter from a supervisor, faculty member, coach, or other person with knowledge of the applicant’s character, work ethic, motivations, or other relevant factors. Recommendations should be emailed directly from the recommender to
  • One essay (500 - 750 words) in response to the following prompt, “How do the Arnold Beckman 7 Rules for Success resonate with you as a person and as a budding scientist?” 

Materials Submission:

Deadline: February 1, 2024

(You and your recommenders) submit materials to the following email:
Subject Line:
"Beckman Scholars Application"

Meet the 2024-2025 Mentors

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Susan Bane

Professor; Biochemistry Program Director

Chemistry; Biochemistry Program

Research Interests

  • Chemical Biology
  • Microtubules
  • Molecular mechanism of Taxol chemotherapy
  • Site-specific fluorescent labeling of proteins
  • Molecular mechanisms of colchicine and related drugs
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Terrence Deak

Professor and Behavioral Neuroscience Area Coordinator


Research Interests

  • Stress responsive systems
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Neural-immune interactions
  • Alcohol
  • Developmental neurobiology and brain aging
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Christof T. Grewer

Professor; Department Chair


Research Interests

  • Biophysical chemistry
  • Dynamics of the transport process
  • Development of pharmacological tools
  • Inhibitor synthesis and characterization
  • Computational studies
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Gretchen Mahler

Interim Dean of the Graduate School; Interim Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School; Professor

Graduate School; Academic Affairs, Office of the Executive VP and Provost; Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Organ-on-a-chip technology
  • Tissue engineering
  • Nanotoxicology
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Kaiming Ye

SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chair

Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Advanced biomanufacturing
  • 3D bioprinting
  • stem cell and regenerative medicine
  • nanomedicine
  • cell engineering
  • vaccine development
  • single molecular imaging
  • biosensors
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Read more about our mentors here!

Official Binghamton Program Student Mentor Guide

Beckman Scholars Mentor Packet

Shruti Venkatesh

Shruti Venkatesh, Beckman Scholar, presenting at the Society for Neuroscience Conference in San Diego, CA, in November 2022.