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Kathleen Marinelli named 2017 Goldwater Scholar

MarinelliCreighton University College of Arts and Sciences junior Kathleen Marinelli, has earned one of the nationís most prestigious awards for students in mathematics, science and technology as she was named a scholar in the 2017 Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

Marinelli, an Honors Program student, brings Creightonís Goldwater Scholars total to 20 in the last 13 years, making the University one of the nationís premier producers of Goldwater Scholars. Creighton continues to be a leader among U.S. Catholic and private institutions for the number of Goldwater Scholars produced.

Bailey Hassman, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience, and Jonathan Fleegel, a junior double-majoring in biology and neuroscience were awarded Honorable Mentions.

Marinelli is a biology major with a minor in Italian from Medicine Lake, Minnesota. She is planning to earn a MD/PhD in translational science to conduct biochemical research of disease mechanisms at the molecular level. Marinelli is involved in both biochemistry and translational science research. Her biochemistry research is conducted at Creighton under the faculty mentorship of biochemistry professor Juliane Strauss-Soukup, PhD, and involves analyzing the utility of the glmS riboswitch as a possible antibiotic target. Her translational research is conducted at the National Institutes of Health under the mentorship of Peter Grayson, MD, and involves investigating the association between FDG-PET imaging and disease activity in Takayasuís arteritis. Marinelli is the president of the College of Arts and Sciences Student Senate, a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Marinelli is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Nu, Phi Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies.

This year, the Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation awarded 240 scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors selected by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. An additional 307 nominees were recognized as Honorable Mentions. Selections are made on the basis of academic merit. The one- and two-year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to $7,500 per year.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986. The Scholarship Program honoring Sen. Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and 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.

Since its first award in 1989, the Foundation has bestowed 7,921 scholarships worth approximately $63 million.

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