Neurotechnology for Memory and Cognition Awards

Applications for the Year 2017 Neurotechnology for Memory and Cognition Awards are no longer being accepted. The application period ended at 12:00 PM Central Time on Friday, March 10, 2017.


The Award

The Neurotechnology for Memory and Cognition Awards, supported by funding from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, offers University of Illinois students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research in neuroscience and technology development.

This program will fund at least one graduate student and one undergraduate to pursue research at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology during the summer. The graduate award will be $5,500 and the undergraduate award will be $3,500.

Disbursements will be made to each successful applicant’s University account at the end of the spring semester. The purpose of these awards is to pay for housing and/or other living expenses so that the selected students can remain on campus during the summer to conduct research in Beckman Institute laboratories ($5,000 and $3,000, for graduate and undergraduate awards, respectively), as well as for research expenses ($500).


Eligibility Requirements

  1. Recipient shall be a graduate or undergraduate student in good standing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  2. Recipient must be enrolled for the spring 2017 semester.
  3. Recipient must have already been working in a laboratory at the Beckman Institute for at least one (1) semester prior to the summer 2017
  4. Applications must be received by 12:00 PM Central Time on Friday, March 10, 2017. All the application materials (CV, proposal, and letter of support) must be submitted by noon Central Time on the application closing date.

Application Steps

(1) Fill Out Application Form

Applicants must fill out the online application form (NetID and password are required). The form also allows for the electronic submission of your supporting documents: (Curriculum Vitae and Research Plan/Personal Statement).

The Application Form is currently closed.

(2) Curriculum Vitae

A current curriculum vitae must be submitted as an Adobe PDF file using the upload form mentioned above.

(3) Research Plan/Personal Statement

A description of proposed research project to be pursued. This section should not exceed three single spaced pages, excluding references. The research plan must be submitted as an Adobe PDF file using the upload form mentioned above. A statement must be included in either the letter from the faculty member or the research proposal that indicates the specific role that the student will play in the research. The successful proposal will be understandable to a broad audience.

(4) Letters of Reference

The application must also include a letter from a Beckman Institute faculty member indicating his or her willingness to sponsor the student for the summer at the Beckman Institute. The letter needs to be submitted as Adobe PDF file, via e-mail to awards@beckman.illinois.edu. A statement must be included in either the letter from the faculty member or the research proposal that indicates the specific role that the student will play in the research.

All materials must be received by 12:00 PM Central Time on Friday, March 10, 2017. If you have any questions, please e-mail awards@beckman.illinois.edu.