Fullerton Alumni Chosen
for Doctoral Incentive Program
August 6, 2003 :: No 15
What: Three Cal State Fullerton alumni
will pursue their dream of earning a doctorate, thanks to the California
State University Forgivable Loan/Doctoral Incentive Program. The
competitive program provides financial assistance to graduate students
and is designed to enhance the pool of those qualified to fill instructional
faculty positions at CSU campuses.
Who: Gerald Desrochers Jr.
(B.S. engineering-mechanical ’88) of Hacienda Heights will
study mechanical engineering at UC Riverside.
Soraya Nauroz (M.A. communicative disorders ’00)
of Fullerton will pursue a Ph.D. in education at Claremont University.
Gina Valentino (B.A. English ’98) of Santa
Barbara will major in English at UC Santa Barbara.
Background: The three are among 78
candidates to receive loans of up to $10,000 per year to a total
of $30,000 to complete their doctorates. Applications are selected
based on potential for success, underrepresentation and the faculty
sponsor’s plan of support.
Sponsors: The trio’s Cal State
Fullerton sponsors are: Jesa H. Kreiner, professor of mechanical
engineering; Cornel Bonca, associate professor of English, comparative
literature and linguistics; and Kenneth Tom, associate professor
of human communications studies. Such sponsorship is intended to
establish early relationships between academic departments and program
participants, to encourage the students during their studies, and
to provide experiences to stimulate interest in a CSU teaching career.
More: Loans are forgiven at a rate
of 20 percent for each year of full-time teaching in the CSU, after
earning the doctorate and successfully competing for a faculty position.
Pamela McLaren of Public
Affairs at 657-278-2414 or firstname.lastname@example.org