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Daniel Hickstein Awarded Churchill Scholarship to Cambridge

Daniel Hickstein, a Pomona College senior, has been named one of only 12 Winston Churchill Scholars. The Churchill Scholarship provides approximately $50,000 for one year of study and research at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. The scholarship covers tuition, fees, travel expenses, a living stipend, and a research grant.

Candidates were chosen based on exceptional academic achievement; a capacity to pursue original, creative work and to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics; and outstanding personal qualities as demonstrated by leadership, activities and social engagement.

Hickstein, a chemistry major with a math minor, will use his scholarship to earn a Master’s degree in physics. His research will focus on the interaction of x-rays with crystals to explain why some molecules have interesting and useful optical properties. Ultimately, he plans to work at the intersection of chemistry and physics. When he returns to the United States, he plans to pursue a doctorate degree in physical chemistry.

As a student at Pomona College, Hickstein conducted research with chemistry Professor Daniel O’Leary and co-authored articles that were published in the Journal of American Chemical Society and Heterocycles. During his undergraduate summers, he was a research fellow at the National Institute for Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, and completed two internships at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. In his junior year, he received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, which is annually awarded to 300 high-achieving undergraduates.

Hickstein attended Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington, for two years, and is a graduate of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. He is the son of Dennis Hickstein and Mary Musselman, who are residents of Bethesda, and is the brother of Matthew Musselman, who is studying at the Manhattan School of Music.

When is he not studying, Daniel Hickstein enjoys hiking and rock-climbing. He is a co-president of the Claremont Colleges Rock Climbing Club and looks forward to trying England’s famed rock climbs. He has been climbing for eight years and completed many long, technical climbs in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and New Zealand. In May 2005, he made a solo ascent of the 1800-foot vertical granite face of El Capitan in Yosemite.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships with faculty and a range of opportunities for student research.