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Creighton continues Goldwater tradition with two scholars earning recognition

Creighton University continues its proud tradition of producing Goldwater Scholars as the 2015 Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program list includes one scholarship winner and one honorable mention from the University.

Daniel Poston, a senior biochemistry major in the Creighton Honors Program from Sioux City, Iowa, is Creighton’s 16th Goldwater Scholar in the past 11 years, helping the University maintain its perch as the leading Catholic institution for Goldwater Scholars in the last five years. In that period, Creighton is one of just 25 private institutions producing seven or more Goldwater Scholars.

Poston aspires to attain a medical degree and Ph.D. in biochemistry and cancer biology. He hopes to conduct research, design cancer therapies and teach at the graduate level. Poston has conducted research in genetics and biochemical engineering as an Honors Program Summer Undergraduate Research Scholar. He is also a Baumann Family Scholarship holder in the Department of Chemistry, winner of the American Cancer Society Youth Survivor Scholarship and is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit University Honor Society.

Picking up an honorable mention from the Goldwater Program is Jordan Roth, a sophomore physics major from Omaha, also in the Creighton Honors Program.

Roth’s future plans include pursuing a Ph.D. in physics, conducting research in particle physics and teaching at the university level. Roth has written a software interface application connected to a portion of the hardware on the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful particle collider. He is the recipient of the Robert G. Muchemore Foundation Scholarship in the Department of Physics.

The 260 2015 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,206 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The one- and two-year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 86 Rhodes Scholarships, 123 Marshall Awards, 123 Churchill Scholarships, and numerous other distinguished fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships.

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