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Creighton Students Recognized in Goldwater Scholarship Competition

Two Creighton University students have been recognized in the 2007 Goldwater Scholarship Competition.

Nadia Sebastian, Oklahoma City, is a sophomore majoring in chemistry and received a two-year scholarship. Carolyn Posey, a junior from Papillion, majoring in physics and mathematics, received an honorable mention.

Sebastian joins 315 other sophomores and juniors throughout the country selected by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, on the basis of academic achievements, to receive one to two year scholarships in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

More than 1,100 students, who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide, competed for the honor.

Sebastian plans to earn a medical or doctorate degree and conduct research in molecular and cellular biology and biochemistry. Her research focuses on osteosarcoma, a malignant tumor and one of the common in children and adolescents. She is a Creighton Presidential Scholar and was named the 2006 recipient of the Sir Alexander Fleming Scholar from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

Pose plans to earn a post doctorate degree in optics. She is focusing her research on the development of equipment to improve imaging and optics. Pose has also received numerous other scholastic awards including 2006 Clare Booth Luce Award, AT&T Telecom Pioneers Scholarship and Ferlic Research Scholarship.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Public Law 99-661 on November 14, 1986. The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.