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Two Pomona College Students Named Beckman Scholars

Pomona College named students Robert Rawle ’08 and Laura Rosen ’08 Beckman Scholars—awarding research funds to Rawle, a chemistry major, and Rosen, a molecular biology major, to work alongside Pomona College professors.

Rawle is working with Cynthia Selassie, professor of chemistry, on a study of how DNA gets damaged by a class of compounds known as phenols. Rosen is working with Lenny Seligman, professor of biology, to characterize a DNA-binding protein involved in gene regulation.

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation makes grants to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. The Beckman Scholars Program provides scholarships that advance the education, research training and personal development of select sophomores or juniors majoring in chemistry, molecular biology, or biology. The program awards recipients a total of $19,300 for two summers and one academic year of undergraduate research activity. This scholarship recognizes and enables unusually talented undergraduates who plan to pursue a career in scientific research or in medicine (Ph.D., M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs).

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.