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Four Creighton Students Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

Four Creighton Students Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

Four Creighton University undergraduate students have been awarded the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Creighton is one of eight universities in the nation to have four winners.

The four students join 321 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.

Each university can nominate only four students, and this year there were 1,035 mathematics, science and engineering students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

“This is absolutely a clear indication of the quality of our undergraduate students at Creighton.,” said Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., president of Creighton University . They are talented when they arrive at Creighton and the Creighton educational experience makes them even better."

The four Creighton students and their career goals are:

  • Sophomore Rajeev. K. Anchan of Omaha is a double major in biochemistry and mathematics. His career goal is to earn both a doctorate and a medical degree. He would like to do research on the innate immune processes that lead to cardiovascular disease, while analyzing noninvasive preventative procedures; he ultimately would like to teach at a research institution.
  • Sophomore Katherine Garrett of Glenwood, Iowa is a physics major who would like to earn a doctorate in physics and conduct particle physics research as part of the search for and classification of dark matter. She also has an interest in the research on physics pedagogy.
  • Junior Natalie Janelle German of Humphrey, Neb. is a chemistry major who plans to earn a doctorate in biochemistry so that she can conduct biochemical research on Alzheimer’s disease. She hopes one day to teach at a major research university.
  • Junior Anastasia G. Yanchilina of Waukegan, Ill. is majoring in atmospheric science. Yanchilina’s family immigrated to the United States from Russia when she was a teenager. She intends to pursue a doctorate in earth sciences with a concentration in paleoclimatology. She hopes to conduct research at a national research laboratory or at a university as a principal investigator.

“These students have a real passion for science, and it showed in their applications,” said Physics Professor Dr. Michael Cherney, Creighton’s faculty representative for the Goldwater.

Goldwater Scholars have impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 70 Rhodes Scholarships, 94 Marshall Awards, and numerous other distinguished fellowships.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Public Law 99-661 on November 14, 1986. The Scholarship Program honoring the late Sen. 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.