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Creighton Students Named Among Top Students by Goldwater Foundation

Creighton Students Named Among Top Students In Math, Science And Engineering by Goldwater Foundation

Three Creighton University students were recently named among the nation's best undergraduates majoring in either mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering, by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation for the 2008- 009 academic year.

The winners of a Goldwater Scholarship are Adam Karnik and Margaret McGlynn. Kristin Wakin is an honorable mention.

They join 278 other sophomores and juniors throughout the country who will receive one-or-two year scholarships. Awarded annually, it is the most prestigious undergraduate prize in the fields of math, science 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.

Adam Karnik – Karnik is a junior from Omaha majoring in mathematics and classical languages with a minor in mathematical logic. He is involved in a number of research projects and colloquia in mathematics, political science and philosophy, covering such topics as the propagation of the West Nile virus, the spread of democracy in post-Soviet democracies, Lie isomorphisms on incidence algebras, and the role of hope in the virtue ethics of Thomas Aquinas. He has been inducted into Creighton’s honorary societies for classics, mathematics, theater and Alpha Sigma Nu (the national Jesuit honor society). Karnik’s future plans include studying mathematics in graduate school, continuing mathematical research and teaching at the university level.

Margaret McGlynn – McGlynn is a junior from Belleville, Ill., majoring in biology. She has received many honors while at Creighton, including being named a Creighton Presidential Scholar, the Women’s Overseas Service League Award, Gallagher-Koster Award and Dean’s Service Honor Roll. She is the founder of NETwork Against Malaria, a nonprofit organization to raise awareness and funds for families in Uganda. McGlynn is a member of Campus Kitchen and the honors program, while also serving as a resident advisor and spring break service trip coordinator. She was named to USA Today’s 2009 All-USA College Academic Third Team. McGlynn plans to earn a doctorate and a medical degree and teach at a research institution and study malaria.

Kristin Wakin – Wakin is a junior biochemistry major from Omaha. She is a member of the Honors Program, a tutor for the chemistry department, and was recently inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu. As a freshman, Wakin became a member of the STAR collaboration, an international collaboration group consisting of hundreds of scientists, graduate students and undergraduates interested in studying data taken at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, N.Y. Wakin’s research involves ultra-peripheral collisions, in which nuclei in the collider miss each other completely but still undergo an intense electromagnetic interaction. Through her research, Wakin hopes to determine the probability that a certain particle (the “rho-meson”) will be produced during these collisions, advancing the current understanding of the structure of the nucleus.