Each year, Simpson College, Iowa State University and Tuskegee University nominate students to receive an award named after George Washington Carver, the famed scientist whose life and career were impacted by all three institutions.
This year, Simpson student Daniel Camacho was nominated for and selected for the 2017 George Washington Carver Spirit of Innovation Award. He received the award at a ceremony earlier this month.
“The Spirit of Innovation and Service Award makes me feel proud and thankful for the opportunity to experience personal and academic growth at Simpson College,” he said.
Camacho is a sophomore at Simpson from Juarez, Mexico, majoring in math and science. He has participated in the Dr. Albert H. and Greta A. Bryan Summer Research Program in Mathematics, joined the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and will study abroad in Tahiti in the spring of 2018.
“Dr. Carver left a remarkable legacy which inspires me to follow his footsteps in service, academics, active involvement in research, and promoting inclusion,” Camacho said.
The five 2017 George Washington Carver Fellows from Simpson also attended the event.
The three undergraduate recipients – one from each academic institution – must demonstrate the potential to be the sort of “trailblazer” Carver was in a variety of fields, including science, human relations and appreciation of the arts.
“This is my second year of college and I know that many challenges are to come,” Camacho said. “However, even though I might experience failure, I am willing to learn and use it as stepping stone for success.”
The recipient is an undergraduate student who best meets the following criteria:
- Demonstrated determination and perseverance in pursuing their educational and life goals
- Demonstrated a strong academic performance in a science degree program
- Are actively involvement in research
- Are engaged in arts and humanities (e.g., music, painting, film, theater, creative writing, etc.)
- Performed service to others or their community.