Junior awarded Beckman Scholarship for research in DNA repair

March 1, 2012

Emily McFadden, a University of Richmond junior and biochemistry and molecular biology major from Patchogue, N.Y., has been selected as a Beckman Scholar for 2012-13.

McFadden was selected for her academic achievements and research accomplishments in DNA repair. The $19,300 scholarship will support her research for the next two summers and academic year, as well as cover research supplies and travel to present her results at national scientific meetings.

McFadden is conducting research at Richmond under the supervision of chemistry professor Michelle Hamm, who nominated her for the grant.

McFadden said her scientific work looks at DNA damage and repair — damage caused by cellular respiration and repair through DNA polymerases.

“We’re specifically focusing on mutations in DNA and eventually the development of cancer,” McFadden said. She plans a career in scientific research.

The Beckman Scholars program, administered by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, recognizes exceptionally talented undergraduate students who have performed outstanding research in chemistry and the biological sciences. Beckman Scholars are selected based on their potential to become prominent leaders in their scientific and professional pursuits.