Biochemistry Major Also Named SCAC Man of the Year
Kaleb Roush ’14 capped his impressive collegiate career by earning a place on the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Roush is the second member of CC’s men’s swimming and diving program to receive the highly competitive national award since it began in 1952. He joins former teammate Jordan DeGayner ’12 who was honored in 2011 and 2012.
Roush also received another honor: The SCAC voted him the 2014 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Man of the Year.
Roush, of Windsor, Colo., graduated May 19 with a 3.99 grade-point average and a degree in biochemistry and a minor in mathematics. He was named the college’s outstanding senior in biochemistry, and has served as a research and laboratory assistant in the college’s biology and physics departments.
He started as a learning assistant and FYE mentor in the fall of 2012. More recently his duties have included directing and supervising student usage of the college’s atomic force microscope, as well as analyzing the quality and utility of the data generated by students.
Roush’s research included investigating the morphological and physiological roles of five different genes expressed during long-term stationary phase in Acinetobacter baylyi through atomic force microscopy, fluorescent microscopy, and the generation of growth curves.
In 2012 Roush assisted in a summer research project with Associate Chemistry Professor Murphy Brasuel. The following year, he worked alongside Stephen Dewhurst, professor in the Microbiology and Immunology Department at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, researching HIV vaccine development using nano particles.
Roush also had an outstanding career in the pool.The co-captain posted three podium finishes and scored points in four events at the 2014 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. He finished 6th in 400-yard individual medley, 8th in 200 breaststroke and 12th in 200 IM.
At the 2013 conference meet, Roush set the school record in the preliminaries of the 400 IM and finished third in the championship final. He also took 5th in the 200 IM and 6th in the 200 butterfly.
Roush was named to the SCAC Academic Honor Roll each of his first three seasons. The list of this year’s honorees will be announced later this month.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale, and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution.