Alexander Matthew Stock, a sophomore at Creighton University, has been named a Goldwater Scholar. The Dakota Dunes, S.D., native is majoring in chemistry with a business minor and received a one-year scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 annually for undergraduate study.
Stock joins 282 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- or two-year scholarships in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. More than 1,123 students were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.
Stock plans to earn a medical and a doctorate degree in biochemical pathology, teach at the university level, and conduct research to develop and test novel antibiotics that target human pathogens. Since his freshman year he has been working on research on riboswitches. He is involved in the Creighton Honors Program, the American Chemical Society, the Chemistry Club, Pre-Medical Society, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, inter-resident hall government and Habitat for Humanity.
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 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.