Mission and Core Values

Arnold and Mabel Beckman visit the Beckman Institute, guided by Ted Brown
Arnold and Mabel Beckman visit the Beckman Institute.

Beckman Institute Mission and Core Values: Words to Live By

We have revised the Beckman Institute’s mission statement and established core values to sharpen our focus and goals and provide a decision-making foundation. The mission statement defines the institute’s purpose and the role of the Beckman community and the facility itself. The core values define our dedication to something greater than our own success or discoveries, and they will determine how the institute will operate, assign space, and allocate its resources.

Mission: A Better World through Collaborative Innovation

The Beckman Institute is a community of scholars and a physical space to foster collaboration, inspire bold scientific risk-taking, and nurture disruptive ideas. The institute was founded to reduce barriers between traditional science and technology disciplines in order to yield research advances that otherwise would not occur. Beckman community members accomplish this mission by adhering to our core values.

Beckman Core Values: Get EXCITED!

It’s no coincidence that these value statements have the acronym EXCITED. These are our guiding principles to follow every day and promote purposeful choices:

We aim to do the best work in our field. We develop and employ cutting-edge methodologies and instruments, and invest in state-of-the-art facilities.

We celebrate dedicated and supportive colleagues, great mentors, and visionary role models. We openly share knowledge, data, expertise and resources. We trust, and we are trustworthy. We respectfully pursue common goals. We support and develop junior scholars to be future leaders. We are committed to enhancing serendipitous interaction and mutual learning.

We uphold the highest standards of professional integrity in the work we do. We value ethics, transparency, and honesty in our research. We respect each other.

Transdisciplinarity We bridge, blend, and create disciplines. We are open-minded. We engage in improbable conversations.

We define frontiers. We attack grand challenges with imagination, curiosity, and creativity. We fearlessly try things that have not been tried.

We respect differences of thought, culture, and identity. We value different ways of learning, different ways of knowing, and different mindsets.

Comments welcome on the Beckman Discussion Board, go.illinois.edu/beckmanboard.