Scholarship Recipient Embodies Hard Work and Success

At Radford University, Hannah Gullickson, a senior chemistry major and biology minor from Evans, Georgia, has flourished.

As recipient of the Dr. Edna Warweg Speidel Scholarship in Chemistry, Gullickson was a keynote speaker at the 2015 Partners in Excellence luncheon.  This event enables student scholarship recipients a chance to meet their benefactors and thank them for their support.

She described the sense of obligation that she feels as a result of the kindness and support she has received.

"I hope when I'm a professional out in the world that I will be able to make a difference in a student's life as you have in mine," Gullickson said.

After immersing herself in the Radford experience, Gullickson hopes to go to medical school and then earn a master’s degree in public health.

In her three years, Gullickson has been an Honors Academy student, mentored young women science students at the annual Summer Bridge program, pursued her own original research and represented the university as an Alumni Ambassador.  She has been recently appointed to the Radford University Board of Visitors as its student representative.

As a senior, Gullickson is at work on her capstone Honors Academy project in which she is investigating Beta-Glucurondase, an intestinal enzyme that interacts with cancer chemotherapy drugs. Her work is aimed at understanding the mechanism of the drug/enzyme interaction at the molecular level to eventually minimize side effects on patients. Toward that end, Gullickson will be doing molecular modeling at the atomic level of chemistry. Her faculty mentor is Assistant Professor of Chemistry Kim Lane.

“Hannah is always one of those students who wants to learn the next thing, to see how things fit together,” Lane said. “She is looking at the molecular side of health, beyond anatomy and physiology to the atoms that make up a human, the atoms of DNA and proteins.” 

Gullickson is eager to be part of the emergent profile of science at Radford University occurring as the new Center for the Sciences comes on line.

“Every time I walk into the science building now, I am reminded of the exciting opportunities before me,” Gullickson said.  “The Center for the Sciences means even more opportunities for students like me to pursue careers and our curiosity.”