Eight CSUF Students Selected for Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program
July 10, 2012 :: No. 6
Eight Cal State Fullerton students have been named 2012-13 Sally Casanova California Pre-Doctoral Scholars by the California State University. Their selection helps set a course for their likely future in higher education.
The program helps prepare juniors, seniors and graduate students to succeed in doctoral programs by providing funds for travel to attend conferences, visit doctoral-granting institutions and to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty sponsor during a summer internship.
As scholars, the students have the opportunity to participate in a summer 2013 research internship at the University of California or another doctoral-granting institution. The scholars who choose to participate will receive full funding from the program for the eight weeks of their summer internship.
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 72 CSU students from a pool of 247 applicants. The CSUF scholars, their degree programs, majors and faculty sponsors are:
Jordan Aquino of Anaheim, master of public health
C. Jessie Jones, chair and professor of health science
Leaa Short of Brea, master of arts in geography
Mark H. Drayse, associate professor of geography
Corrigan Edmoundson of Costa Mesa, master of arts in American studies
Adam B. Golub, assistant professor of American studies
Michelle Gevedon of Fullerton, master of science in geology
Diane Clemens-Knott, professor of geological sciences
Robert Keller of Fullerton, master of science in kinesiology
Debra J. Rose, professor of kinesiology
Qing Xie of Fullerton, master of science in computer science
Bin Cong, professor of computer science
Lauren Bailey of Orange, bachelor of arts in English
Lana Dalley, assistant professor of English, comparative literature and linguistics
Laura Elsberry of Placentia, master of science in biology
Jennifer Burnaford, assistant professor of biological science
Since the program’s creation 24 years ago, 1,768 students, including this year’s group, have taken part, said Anastasios Chassiakos, program director. The program is designed to increase the pool of potential university faculty members by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages.
Many former scholars currently are enrolled in doctoral programs or will enter them in the fall. Several former scholars who successfully completed their doctorates are now teaching at CSU campuses, Chassiakos said.
The program is named for the late Sally Casanova, who worked with colleagues in the CSU Chancellor’s Office and on various campuses to create the program in 1989.
Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027