Six Creighton University students recently received the University’s Presidential Mentoring Scholarship. The scholarship program, begun several years ago, is designed to encourage and develop some of the University’s top students to be competitive in applying for national and international scholarships and fellowships.
This year’s honorees include:
Erin Borchers—Erin Borchers is a junior from Omaha, majoring in economics and physics, with minors in mathematics and business administration. Over the last year she has completed econometric research, studying the economic effects of state tax policies on small business growth. She introduced the preliminary findings at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Missouri Valley Economic Association and is co-authoring a research paper detailing the results of the econometric analysis. Borchers also gained business experience by working at Union Pacific in the Fuel Conservation Department. A tutor in mathematics and physics, she is also an autism advocate and is involved in local autism awareness efforts. Erin serves on the executive board for CU STARs, Creighton’s student tour guide organization. She is a member of the Honors Program and Alpha Sigma Nu, and was recently accepted to both the economics and mathematics honor societies. Borchers hopes to pursue graduate studies that will take her abroad to study econometrics on an international stage.
John Darwin—John Darwin is a junior from Plano, Texas, majoring in English, who plans to attend law school following graduation. Last summer Darwin received a College of Arts and Sciences research grant and studied Milton. Passionate about literature, he enjoys classic authors including Milton as well as contemporary authors such as McCarthy. He is a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and the Humanities Research Group on campus.
Chelsey Hill—Chelsey Hill is a sophomore musical theater and music major from Omaha. She is a classically trained soprano, and has competed in numerous vocal competitions since the age of 15. Hill won first prize for two consecutive years in Nebraska’s National Association of Teachers of Singing State Competition (N.A.T.S). She also won first place in the Classical Singer Magazine’s high school vocal competition, regional division, and advanced to the national division, placing in the top 30 out of 600 contestants. Hill works closely with the Broadway Dreams Foundation, an organization aimed at training the next generation of Broadway performers. She has been a featured soloist twice for the Broadway Dreams Foundation’s summer intensive program and workshop and will intern with the organization this summer. Hill has been a featured soloist for Omaha Performing Art’s Young Artist Night at the Holland Center. She plans to continue her study of voice following graduation from Creighton.
Shweta Goswami—Shweta Goswami is a junior biochemistry major in the College of Arts and Sciences from Kansas City, Mo. She has been involved in many campus activities, including the chemistry club, pre-medical society and the honors program. Goswami holds numerous leadership positions including president of the Student Senate, decurion for the Ratio Studiorum Program, chemistry tutor for the Office of Student Success and Athletic Learning Center and teaching assistant for the chemistry department. She is also the student representative for the CORE Task Force, which is involved in creating the University’s new CORE curriculum. She also volunteered at the Omaha Old Market Clinic. Goswami was previously honored with a Creighton academic scholarship and Ferlic summer grant as well as with the Presidential Mentoring Scholarship.
Grayson Jackson—Grayson Jackson is a junior chemistry major from Carrollton, Texas. During the past spring semester, Jackson studied abroad in the Dominican Republic through the University’s Encuentro Dominicano program. He has been involved in El Legado de Compasion, Welcome Week, the Cortina Community, and the Water Quality and Public Health Program, a summer mission trip to the Dominican Republic. His current research focuses on the use of ion-permeable microcapsules for water purification. Following graduation, he plans to attend graduate school to conduct research in simple and sustainable methods of water purification that can be applied in developing nations.
Stephen J. Waters—Stephen Waters is a junior majoring in organizational communication. He plans to attend law school. Waters was born in Los Angeles, raised in New York, and has a passion for justice. He serves as the vice president for Creighton's undergraduate mock trial team and has earned regional and national honors. As a sophomore, Waters studied International Criminal Law and Human Rights in Arusha, Tanzania at the Nyerere Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution. He received the prestigious Gilman International Scholarship, from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs and will return this summer to attend the East African Institute of International Law. Waters is one of the founders of the University College Student Union, helping to draft the inaugural bylaws and constitution for the student organization. In 2011, he was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, as well as Lambda Pi Eta, the official honor society of the National Communication Association. For the past two years he has served as the volunteer strength and conditioning coach/mentor at the Victory Boxing Club in South Omaha. Victory Boxing is a community program that serves at-risk youths, providing positive alternatives to gang activity.