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Presidential Mentoring Scholars Named

Presidential Mentoring Scholars Named

Six Creighton University students have received the University’s Presidential Mentoring Scholarship. The scholarship program, initiated three years ago by Creighton President the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., provides a monetary award and is designed to encourage and develop some of Creighton’s top students to be competitive in applying for national and international scholarships and fellowships. This year’s mentoring scholars are:

Sumit Kar of Omaha, is a junior majoring in biochemistry and biology. He has previously earned an American Heart Association Summer Research Fellowship and the David S. Bruce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. A Goldwater Scholarship nominee, he will be involved in research this summer at the Mayo Clinic. At Creighton, Kar is president of the Math Club and a member of the Honors Program and the Indian Cultural Society. For several years, he has been involved in cardiovascular disease research, and he plans on earning both a doctorate and a medical degree. He would eventually like to conduct translational research on cardiovascular disease and its treatments and teach at an academic research institution.

Anthony Schlimgen of Sioux Falls, S.D., is a junior majoring in philosophy. He also studies German and chemistry. Schlimgen has studied the German philosopher Immanuel Kant, especially Kantian strands in contemporary epistemology, post-Enlightenment German idealism as it relates to Kantian idealism, and German rationalist metaphysics as an influence on Kant’s critical philosophy. He plans to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany and then pursue a doctoral degree in philosophy.

Jessica Gaulter of Urbandale, Iowa, is a junior majoring in biology and Spanish. An honors student, she began working as a freshman in skin cancer research. She is currently studying the role of the epidermal growth factor receptor in hair cycling and skin inflammation. Gaulter spent a semester studying in the Dominican Republic, where she developed an interest in international public health. At Creighton, she is a member of the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity and El Legado de Compasión and a former member of the Cortina Community and has applied for a Fulbright Scholarship. Gaulter plans to pursue a career in public health and is considering graduate programs as well as medical schools.

John Kelsey of Rochester, Minn., is a sophomore majoring in chemistry with minors in behavioral and cognitive neuropsychology. At Creighton, he is a member of the Honors Program, a Presidential Scholar and a teacher’s assistant in the chemistry department. Kelsey has served as a research assistant for three summers at the Mayo Clinic. In addition, Kelsey conducts research in Creighton’s chemistry department for David Dobberpuhl, Ph.D. He is a member of various campus clubs, a standardized patient actor for the Creighton School of Medicine, and a volunteer at a Salvation Army dental clinic. He plans to pursue doctoral and dental degrees with a focus on oral-tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Claire O'Brien of Baltimore, Md., is a junior majoring in classical and Near Eastern studies with minors in art history and Italian. She is a member of the classical honors fraternity Eta Sigma Phi and has served as secretary for Amnesty International for two years. She is researching an unidentified female Roman portrait head at the Joslyn Art Museum and is currently studying in Sicily with the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, where she plans to conduct further research for her project. She has applied for a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the American School in Athens. O'Brien plans to attend to earn a doctoral degree in ancient art history.

Nathan Tye of Kearney, Neb., is a junior majoring in history and theology with a minor in justice and peace studies. He is researching the Civil War letters of William and James Graham of the 7th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, as he is the great-great-great grandson of James Graham. His research has taken him to the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Ill. He presented his findings at a 2009 Conference on Illinois History, where he was the only undergraduate to present original research. Tye is currently preparing his research for publication and applying for a Fulbright Scholarship to study the Catholic Church in El Salvador. Tye plans to pursue a doctoral degree in history, specializing in colonial and early American history, and later teach at the collegiate level.

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