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CSU Names 2010-2011 Pre-Doctoral Scholars

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(July 6, 2010) - The California State University has named 70 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars who represent students from across the 23 campus CSU system. The 2010-2011 recipients of the one-time award will receive faculty guidance, summer internship opportunities and $3,000 in funding support.

This marks the 21st year of the California Pre-Doctoral Program, designed to increase the pool of potential CSU faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. Students are selected by a committee of faculty from the CSU and University of California.

Each scholar works closely with a CSU faculty sponsor to develop an overall plan leading to enrollment in a doctoral program that is tailored to the student’s individual career and educational goals. The program places a special emphasis on increasing the number of CSU students who enter doctoral programs at a University of California campus with the goal of the student returning to a CSU campus as a new faculty member.

More than 1,000 scholars have participated in the program to date. “A preliminary follow-up study of former pre-doctoral scholars indicates that more than one-third of them have already entered a doctoral program or will enter one in the fall, some with full fellowships,” said Anastasios Chassiakos, CSU program director.

“Junior, senior and graduate students in the CSU, especially those from environments where university teaching is not a common career goal, have unique opportunities to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral programs,” said Lorie Roth, assistant vice chancellor for academic services and professional development. “Working one-on-one with CSU and UC faculty members, CSU students can reach their highest aspirations.”

The 2010-2011 California Pre-Doctoral Scholars are listed by campus and home town:

Roy Edward Snyder, Bakersfield

David Lewis, Nevada City

Channel Islands
Ashley Bonneau, Camarillo
Danika Lindsay, Los Angeles
Jennifer Waters, Moorpark

Dominguez Hills
Talia Gomez, Carson

East Bay
Belle Andrade, San Ramon

Jose Arrezola, Parlier
Maria Ramos, Fresno

Richard Morales, Alta Loma
Raymond Nation, Buena Park
Casey Sanchez, Los Angeles
Burrel Vann, Placentia
Sophia Vu, Walnut

Rachel Turner, Arcata

Los Angeles
Amira Ainis, Alhambra
Nicholas Beyelia, Temple City
Jose Esqueda, Long Beach
Brian Gatza, Chino
Juan Landeros, Los Angeles
Isabel Martinez, Los Angeles
Juan Ochoa, Los Angeles
Yvonne Ribas, Tujunga
Lucy Tambara, Banning
Pablo Victoria Torres, Corona

Long Beach
Erendira Aldana, Long Beach
Jaime Alvarez, El Monte
Jinae Bartlett, Long Beach
Melissa Bernardino, Torrance
Kimberly Felix, Long Beach
Daisy Flores, Downey
Andrew Kretz, Long Beach
Khuyen Nguyen, Rosemead
Ruth Rubio Rodriguez, Long Beach

Maria Becerra, Van Nuys
Shirley Buchanan, Tarzana
Claudia Castaneda, Reseda
Nirshila Chand, Los Angeles
Andrea Larco, Chatsworth
Floridalma Lima, Montebello
Beyon Miloyan, Northridge
Jared Ramsburg, Northridge
Yanira Rivas Pineda, Los Angeles
Luis Rodriguez, Inglewood
Neda Senehi, Los Angeles
Cesar Soto, Sylmar
Katayoun “Kathy” Torabi, Los Angeles

Abdiel Flores, Anaheim
Anna Zelaya, Pomona

Patrice Kesha, Folsom

San Bernardino
Taleen Der-Ghazarian, Alta Loma
Tessy Pumaccahua, Upland

San Diego
Neri Martinez, Oceanside
Nicholas Mason, San Diego
Sophia Rivera, San Diego

San Francisco
Christina Buck, San Francisco
Nikica Favretto, Oakland
Anne Glaros, Dublin
Sylvie Kim, San Francisco
Jennifer (Jay) Ledbetter, San Luis Obispo
Mary Mae Marcaida, San Francisco
Criseyda Martinez, San Francisco
Thanh Nguyen, Union City
Jennifer Rubin, San Francisco
Kanara Ty, San Francisco
Jia Wei Zhang, San Francisco

San Luis Obispo
Lyn Cowgill

San Marcos
Gina Altavilla, Cardiff
John Fernandez, Oceanside
Michael Santana, San Marcos

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