Tuesday, January 26, 2016

University of Iowa biochemistry student Nicholas McCarty has been selected for a 2016 Phi Beta Kappa Society writing internship. McCarty, from Geneva, Illinois, was recommended for the position by the society's UI chapter and will spend five months in Washington, D.C., writing for The Key Reporter, Phi Beta Kappa's news and alumni-relations publication.

The oldest academic honor society in the United States, the Phi Beta Kappa Society was founded on Dec. 5, 1776 to "champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression," according to a press release. Its writing internships are intended for juniors and seniors in liberal arts or science tracks.

McCarty is already a fellow in the Latham Science Engagement Initiative, a program promoting communication between researchers and the public. He has worked with Professor E. Dale Abel for three years studying heart disease and diabetes; is completing minors in clinical and translational science, chemistry, and entrepreneurial management; and intends to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. after earning his bachelor's degree.