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CSU Pre-Doctoral Program, Sally Casanova Scholarship

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the diversity of the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. Winners will be designated as Sally Casanova Scholars, as a tribute to Dr. Sally Casanova, for whom the award is named. With the aid of a CSUMB Faculty Sponsor, Sally Casanova Scholars are exposed to unique opportunities to help prepare them to succeed in doctoral programs. This award is open to all CSUMB undergrad and graduate students.

The program provides travel funds to visit doctorate-granting institutions, options for summer research internships, and funds for other doctoral program related activities.

More about the Pre-Doctoral Program

Number Awarded: Between 70- 75 scholars awarded per year (includes both graduate and undergraduate).

Dollar Amount: $3,000, plus funded summer internship opportunities.

Program Materials: Application material available: December.; Application deadline: February 28, 2020.

Internal Deadline: CSUMB's internal deadline is Friday, February 21, 2020. --The internal deadline is to ensure all applications have been approved before the applicant submits for the final deadline, Friday, February 28, 2020.

Process for Awarding: Applications are first reviewed by the CSUMB Campus Coordinators and then applicant will receive access to submit final, polished application to the Chancellor's Office for award selection. Sally Casanova Scholars are selected on the basis of three major criteria: 1.) potential for success in completing a doctoral program; 2.) probable effectiveness of the student/faculty plan; and 3.) level of economic and educational disadvantage.

Information Sessions--Food Included!

  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 2-3pm in Building 1 Conference room. Can't make it person? Join online.
  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 2-3pm in Building 1 Conference room. Can't make it person? Join online.
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 2-3pm in Building 1 Conference room. Can't make it person? Join online.
  • Friday, January 24, 2020 from 2-3PM in Building 1 Conference room.
  • Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 6-7pm at UROC, suite 2150, 2nd floor library.

How to Apply

  1. Contact a Pre-Doc Campus Coordinator (if you weren't able to attend an Information Session) to determine your eligibility for the scholarship.
  2. Contact a faculty sponsor (CSUMB Faculty in your field/discipline--an assistant, associate or full professor, preferred) who knows you well and is willing to support you as an applicant and serve as a mentor during the award year. Request a strong letter of recommendation.
  3. Revisit a PreDoc Campus Coordinator to create a personalized and individualized application timeline to chart your writing process for essay portion of the application. Note: To ensure timeliness, steps 1-3 should be done by February 1, 2020 to ensure submitting a competitive and complete application that has been reviewed multiple times.
  4. See CSU PreDoctoral Site, Instructions for Submitting--for more detailed information on the process.

Internal CSUMB Deadline: February 21, 2020. Applicants must receive campus coordinator approval to submit an approved application.

Campus Coordinators: For more information please contact Myrsha Garcia, Administration Support Coordinator, Office of the Provost or Natasha Oehlman, Writing & Professional Communication Associate, UROC.

Award Recipients

2019~ Selena Velasquez, Psychology & Statistics, UROC Scholar.

2018~ Jordin Simons, Environmental Science & UROC Scholar; and Jorge Cabrera, Psychology & UROC Researcher.

2017~ Robert Castro, Biology & UROC Scholar; Jacob Green, Marine Science & UROC Scholar; Heriberto Marquez, Social and Behavioral Sciences & UROC Scholar; and Julia Barnett, Psychology & UROC Researcher. Check out story on awardee Jacob Green. All four were also awarded additional funds for summer 2018 research.

2016 ~ Karina Ruiz, Human Communication & UROC Scholar.

2015~ Julio Martinez, Biology; Avery Micheal, Marine Science; and Elisabeth Carrillo, Biology--all UROC Scholars.

2014~ Lilyana Gross, Mathematics; Jenny Brown, Biology; April (Makukhov) Garrett, Marine Science; and Alexis Ingram, Human Communication--all UROC Scholars.

Please see full database of Sally Casanova recipients by award year.

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