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Creighton Student Wins National Research Award

Creighton Student Wins National Research Award

Sumit Kar, of Omaha, a Creighton University sophomore majoring in biochemistry and biology, has received the American Physiological Society (APS) David Bruce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. Kar’s research investigates the interactions between the nervous system and the cardiovascular system in diseases such as heart failure, a condition that affects nearly 5 million Americans. He also is studying changes in proteins that may have a role in increasing heart failure, as well as whether exercise can reverse these changes and improve cardiovascular function.

Kar is a member of the Creighton Honors Program Student Advisory Board, math club and Indian Cultural Society. He also founded the Compassion for Action mentoring program and was recently awarded the Creighton University Presidential Mentoring Scholarship, designed to encourage and develop some of Creighton’s top students to be competitive in applying for national and international fellowships and scholarships.

The APS is a nonprofit organization devoted to fostering education, scientific research and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences. David Bruce served as chair of the APS Teaching Section and as a professor of physiology. The David Bruce Award honors Bruce’s commitment to promoting undergraduate involvement in research, in the APS annual meeting and ultimately, in research careers.