Two Creighton students have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships to continue studies in Germany and Canada. Anthony Schlimgen, a philosophy, chemistry, and German triple major from Sioux Falls, S.D. will study and work in Germany, beginning in September 2012. Schlimgen is currently completing a chemistry internship with the Ascletis pharmaceutical company in Hangzhou, China, assisting in the synthesis of drugs for the treatment of HIV and cancer. Robert A. Placek III, Alliance, Neb., an International Relations and Political Science major with a French and Francophone Studies minor, will conduct research and study in Canada from 2012 to 2013 at the University of British Columbia under Fred Cutler, Ph.D., in the Department of Political Science and the International Canadian Studies Centre.
While at Creighton, Schlimgen received the Presidential Mentoring Scholarship, an Undergraduate Summer Research Grant, and was a research assistant to Amy Wendling, Ph. D., in philosophy. In addition, he served as a teaching assistant in the Philosophy for Children program, a community outreach program directed by Jinmei Yuan, Ph.D., that is designed to teach critical thinking and social discussion skills to grade school children in the Omaha area. As part of this program, he will travel to Tibet in May to teach at several schools there. At Creighton, he has been involved with the Philosophy and Chemistry Clubs.
Schlimgen’s Fulbright study in the philosophy of science will explore the relationship between German idealism and systems in the contemporary theoretical sciences. His work focuses on the idea of system modeling in theoretical quantum chemistry as this relates to the philosophical field of epistemology, or the theory of knowledge. After completing his Fulbright studies, Schlimgen will pursue a doctorate in physical chemistry at the University of Chicago.
While at Creighton, Placek received the 2011 Presidential Mentoring Scholarship and served as Co-President of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society. He also served as Vice President of Student Affairs for the Creighton Students Union for 2011 and was a member of the International Relations Club, the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, the Honors Program, and Cortina.
Placek’s study in political science will analyze the relationship of nativism, a belief that native members of a culture have superiority over foreigners giving natives a sense of dominance in the Canadian elections. He will also identify what key factors are most likely to be found in a Canadian nativist. This topic is considered highly relevant given the number of immigrants entering Canada and changing the demographics of the country.
After completion of the fellowship, Placek plans to enter a doctoral program in political science, eventually entering a career in corporate government relations.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program was created by Congress in 1946, immediately after World War II. Former U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright sponsored the legislation, seeing the program as a step toward building international cooperation. The Fulbright program remains the largest international exchange program in the U.S., offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 7,500 new grants annually and operates its program in more than 155 countries.