Mission and core values

Mission statement

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.

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The Beckman Institute's core values

Combine them using the acronym EXCITED.

EXcellence

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.

Collaboration

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.

Integrity

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.

Exploration

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

Diversity

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