This weekend I attended the 2016 Beckman Symposium, which took place at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering on the campus of the University of California, Irvine. This is the annual gathering of all researchers that are supported by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, through which my postdoctoral fellowship is funded. This includes the Beckman Young Investigators (early career faculty), the postdocs, and the Beckman scholars (undergraduate students) along with their mentors from universities across the U.S. The symposium is mostly a way for all of us to come together, present our research, talk about science, and learn a bit about the legacy of Arnold Beckman. The Beckman Foundation supports a large diversity of research across chemistry and the life sciences, so I really enjoy the opportunity to learn about the research people are doing that is very far removed from my field of science. It’s really informative, and gives some great perspective on different fields, and the scientific process more generally. This year, I presented my research at the symposium, and got a lot of great feedback from other scientists in the program. It was a lot of fun to meet some new talented scientists in the Beckman program, and to hang out with friends from the fellowship I met last year!