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  • Application form (to be developed)
  • Statement of interest* see below for the prompts UC-SB requires
  • CV/resume .pdf
  • Unofficial transcript(s) (should this come from the Registrar??)
  • Letters of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required. It is highly recommended that one letter be from your proposed faculty mentor (only the 14 mentors listed on the ‘Faculty Mentor’ tabs are acceptable for this program), and the second letter be from a previous research mentor or university instructor
  • You must include the name(s) and email(s) of the people who will write your letter(s) of recommendation on the application form, and they will be automatically contacted with information on how to submit your letter after you submit the application form.

Note about Faculty Mentors: Before applying to this program, you should either 1) already be working in one of the Beckman Scholar Faculty Mentor labs OR 2) be interested in working with one of the Beckman Scholar Faculty Mentors (or a direct collaborator) upon acceptance as a Beckman Scholar. If you are already working with a Beckman Faculty Mentor, this faculty mentor should write one of your recommendations. If you are interested in working with one of these mentors (and you are not currently in their lab), you should speak with them as soon as possible about this opportunity, and also list their name(s) on your application form when prompted to list potential mentors. Please contact the Program Coordinator if you have any questions.


* Answers to prompts required for application (UC-SB website)

  1. Discuss your interest in science and the qualities you possess that will make you a good scientist. What have you done, both in and out of the classroom, that demonstrates your motivation and interest in science? Give specific, recent examples.
  2. Briefly describe your research area of interest. This need not be based on research that you have done or are currently doing. We simply want to understand what areas interest you.
  3. Describe how this internship program will help you reach your current educational and career aspirations. How will you contribute to our Scholar community if you are accepted?
  4. Describe why you are interested in pursuing a graduate or professional degree.

OPTIONAL: We acknowledge that every student has had unique life experiences that may not be captured in the above questions. The selection committee is interested in learning more about extenuating circumstances you may have encountered throughout your journey. If you have none to write about, please write “N/A”.