Students honored with pre-doctoral fellowships

Five CSU Monterey Bay students – whose research interests include ocean acidification, "geek" culture and statistical methods used in AIDS research, among other topics – have been recognized by the California Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program.

Four of the award winners – Jenny Brown, Lilyana Gross, Alexis Ingram and April Markukhov – were named 2014-15 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars. Each will receive $3,000.

Joshua Smith earned honorable mention honors, and will receive $2,000.

The program is designed to increase diversity within the pool of university faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students. For the upcoming school years, 75 juniors, seniors and graduate students in the CSU were chosen for the award. Awards are based on competitive review of student applications and made to students who, in the judgment of the review panel, demonstrate academic excellence while having experienced economic or educational disadvantage, and who are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. The funding can be used to cover participation in a summer research program; for travel expenses to doctoral-granting institutions; to attend professional conferences; and to cover fees or college applications and graduate exams.

"These awards are very competitive and normally go to CSU graduate students moving on to Ph.D. degree programs," Provost Bonnie Irwin said in announcing the winners.

All awardees will work closely with their mentors and CSUMB’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center to meet their graduate school goals.

Award winners and their summer research activities:

Jenny Brown, biology major, mentor is Dr. Arlene Haffa Brown is spending the summer at the New York State Department of Health, working on the Mouse Models Mammalian Genomics project to identify complex traits in mice that can e used to define gene-environmental interactions.

Lilyana Gross, math major, mentor is Dr. Judith Canner Gross is working with the summer program in quantitative sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health, researching statistical methods used in HIV/AIDS research.

• Alexis Ingram, humanities major, mentor is Dr. Sandra Robinson At the Digital Media and Learning Hub at UC Irvine, Ingram is conducting an ethnographic study of sexism in "geek" culture.

• April Makukhov, marine science, mentor is Dr. Cheryl Logan Makukhov is working with Dr. Logan this summer, investigating the impacts of ocean acidification on juvenile rockfish.?

• Joshua Smith, marine science, mentor is Dr. James Lindholm At UC Santa Cruz, Smith is assessing the effects of ocean upwelling on the recruitment patterns of rockfish larva.

July 21, 2014