CSUMB Undergraduate Researchers Selected for Pre-Doctoral Scholarships

SEASIDE, Calif., July 10, 2018– Two CSUMB seniors have been selected as Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars for the 2018-19 academic year. Jordin Simons, a UROC scholar and environmental studies major, and Jorge Cabrera, a psychology major and UROC researcher, were each awarded $3,000 to support graduate school and professional development endeavors during the upcoming year.

Jordin Simons

UROC scholar and environmental studies major, Jordin Simons.

Psychology major and UROC researcher, Jorge Cabrera.

Psychology major and UROC researcher, Jorge Cabrera.

Simons will receive faculty mentorship from School of Natural Sciences assistant professor Victoria Derr while Cabrera will receive faculty mentorship from Psychology assistant professor Jennifer Lovell.

Their status as a Sally Casanova Scholar also entitles them to apply for a 2019 summer research experience at a University of California campus or other doctoral-granting institution after graduation.

This year the Sally Casanova Scholarship program received 300 applications from across the CSU, which was the highest number since it began in 1989. A total of 75 total Sally Casanova Scholars were selected this year across all 23 campuses.

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of California State University (CSU) students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. The program places a special emphasis on increasing the number of CSU students who enter doctoral programs at one of the University of California (UC) institutions.