Beckman Scholars Program

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is a nonprofit foundation established for the purpose of supporting basic scientific research, primarily in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry and medicine. In 1997, the Beckman Foundation initiated the Beckman Scholars Program to support the research potential of outstanding undergraduate students in these fields.  Each year, the Beckman Foundation invites universities within the United States to apply, and selects approximately 10-12 universities to provide continuous 18 month support to exceptional undergraduate students.

Villanova University is pleased to be one of the eleven institutional recipients of the 2017 Beckman Scholars Program Award. Over the next three years, five Villanova undergraduates majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Geography and the Environment, or Environmental Science will be selected to be Beckman Scholars.

The grant will support undergraduate students for 18 months while they perform faculty-mentored undergraduate research. Each student receiving a Beckman Fellowship will receive $18,200 to support research in two summers and the intervening academic year. Additional financial support is provided for research supplies and conference travel. The program is open to current 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students (first-year students, sophomores, and juniors).

Complete information about the program, expectations, faculty mentors, and application requirements can be found on the Beckman Grant Homepage.


The application deadline for students beginning in Summer 2018 is TBA

VU username and password required. For those outside of the University, please use the guest user account "curfusers" with the password "villanova."

Contact Information

Center for Research and Fellowships
Garey Hall 38
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Fax: 610-519-6623

Dr. Michael T. Westrate
Director, Center for Research and Fellowships & Presidential Scholars Program

Ms. Catherine M. Stecyk
Associate Director, Center for Research and Fellowships

Dr. John J. Shanley
Assistant Director, Center for Research and Fellowships

Ms. Chelsea T. Benincasa
Assistant Director, Center for Research and Fellowships & Presidential Scholars Program

Dr. Alexandra M. Was
Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Research and Fellowships

Denise Caramanico
Office Coordinator (Part-Time), Center for Research and Fellowships