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Nicholas Fischer, BS’17, honored with 2017 Spirit of Creighton Award

2017 Spirit of CreightonCreighton University graduate Nicholas Fischer, BS’17, was honored at the May 13 commencement exercises with the University’s highest student honor, the Spirit of Creighton Award.

The Spirit of Creighton Award has been conferred annually since 1955 and honors undergraduate, graduate and professional students who embody the University’s mission and values and who demonstrate exemplary initiative, character, enterprise and academic achievement.

Fischer, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and environmental science. He served on the Residence Hall Council, the Honors Student Advisory Board and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the Biology Club, the Environmental Science Club, the Creighton Pre-Dental Society, the International Association for Dental Research and he served as president of the Phi Sigma Biology Honor Society.

His service work includes time as McGloin Hall’s Service, Justice, and Faith Ambassador, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and the Council Bluffs Public Library. Fischer also took part in three dental immersion service trips, including one to Mexico to assist in the provision of dental care. He served as a teaching assistant in atmospheric science and animal behavior classes and as a tutor in the Academic Success Program, earning the Busiest Bluejay Award as the most-often-booked one-on-one tutor.

As a scholar, Fischer earned the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award in Biomedical Sciences from the Nebraska Academy of Science and is a finalist for the Arthur R. Frechette Research Award in Prosthodontics, an international award for early-career researchers. He has also earned two full-time summer research fellowships and several travel grants to present research and was the Research Ambassador for Creighton’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship. Fischer received the 2016 Best Oral Presentation Award at Creighton’s University Research Day and is the recipient of a Creighton University Presidential Scholarship and the Dr. John Sheehan Scholarship.

In addition to his scholarly and scientific pursuits, Fischer is also an accomplished accordionist, playing in the pit orchestra for several Creighton musical theatre productions. He has won several awards for his skill with the instrument and is a member of the National Accordion Association and the American Accordionists’ Association.

“Nick is exceptionally bright, extremely methodical, and he has a keen sense for addressing difficult, even ambiguous, questions and troubleshooting,” said Jeffrey Hause, PhD, Michael W. Barry Chair and director of the University Honors Program and a professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and philosophy, who nominated Fischer for the Spirit of Creighton Award. “He is creative, bright, hard-working, and conscientious, and maybe more surprising given his age, is the level of maturity and sophistication he always brings. He is also a man of faith and charity, someone dedicated to helping his neighbor in multiple ways, someone who wants to put his many talents to use to make the world just a little more rational, a little more just, a little more self-reflective.”

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