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Five Selected for Pre-Doctoral Program

CSUF Grad Students Named Sally Cassanova Scholars

July 1, 2013

Five Cal State Fullerton graduate students are among those selected by the California State University system to be the 2013-14 Sally Cassanova California Pre-Doctoral Scholars. Listed below are the scholars, their major, city of residence and the CSUF faculty members who sponsored them and now will serve as their mentors:

  • Mitzi Avila, sociology, Monrovia, Berna M. Torr, assistant professor of sociology
  • Georgia Halkia, public health, Brea, Michelle M. Wood, assistant professor of health science
  • Sidalin Hernandez, history, Los Angeles, Volker Janssen, associate professor of history
  • Gloria Lopez, history, Los Angeles, Cora A. Granata, associate professor of history
  • Rebeca Medina, biology, Westminster, Nikolas Nikolaidis, assistant professor of biological science

Students who are chosen as Sally Casanova Scholars are awarded a $3,000 scholarship and offered opportunities to explore and prepare for doctoral programs. They also participate in a summer research internship program at a University of California campus or other doctoral-granting institution, travel to national symposiums, conferences or professional meetings and take part in other related activities.

The program is designed to increase diversity within the pool of university faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of students in the CSU. The California Pre-Doctoral Program Advisory Committee, consisting of faculty members and administrators from the California State University and University of California, selected a total of 76 CSU students from a pool of 221 applicants.

“The benefit to the student is potentially life changing,” said Katherine Powers, director of CSUF’s Office of Graduate Studies. “They will spend a portion of the academic year attending regional and national conferences in their discipline and visiting universities that they are considering for Ph.D. studies. The activities will introduce them to papers and presentations of new research, as well as to the scholars in their disciplines. They also have increased opportunities for their own research. All their activities, under the guidance of their faculty mentors, are critical for success in doctoral programs.”

By: Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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