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How to Apply for 2011-2012

1 Download the Application Form (PDF format). Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader™ .

2. See the section on Faculty Mentors. Review their individual research interests and select those that are of interest to you. Make an appointment with one or more faculty mentors to discuss their research and their availability to take new students into their research labs. You and the faculty mentor must have an agreement that if your application to the Beckman Scholars Program is successful, you will be accepted into his/her research lab.

3. You must supply the following application materials:
a) Application Form. Download in PDF format. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader™
b) Transcripts of all college work (these do not have to be official copies).
c) Two letters of recommendation from faculty members who know your academic abilities and character. These may be submitted separately to Brian Livingston (Program Director, Biological Sciences, HSCI 104, CSULB) or included in sealed and signed envelopes along with the application.
d) A written narrative indicating: 1) results of any previous research experience, 2) why you want this research experience, and 3) educational and career goals.
e) If you are not a U.S. Citizen, you must supply proof that you are a permanent resident of the United States or its possessions at the time of application. Include proof in your application packet.
f) A statement that you will commit to two summers (2011 and 2012) and one academic year (Fall 2011 and Spring 2012) of research. If you are a senior who plans to graduate in May 2012, you will be expected to continue your research through the summer of 2012 (included on the Application Form).

Note: Demonstrated financial need is not a qualifying criteria in the selection of Beckman Scholars. However, financial need will be a consideration in award decisions between candidates who are judged to be equally meritorious. Thus, if you are a finalist, you may be required to submit a statement of financial need or discuss this with the Selection Committee.

4. Your Potential Faculty Mentor will need to write a letter describing the following:
a) The proposed research project;
b) How the student will benefit from doing the research;
c) How the goals of the Beckman Scholars Program will be met; and
d) A statement of support.

5. Complete applications for a Beckman Scholars Award starting the summer of 2011 must be submitted no later than Monday, April 25, 2011 at 5 p.m. to:
Beckman Scholars Program
Brian Livingston, PhD
Department of Biological Sciences
California State Univ., Long Beach
Long Beach, CA 90840

Late applications will not be accepted.

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