Students Honored With California State University Pre-Doctoral Scholarships

Four Cal Poly Pomona students have been awarded California State University 2005-06 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarships.

Alex Nisthal, a biotechnology undergraduate; Sheridan Vo, a chemical engineering undergraduate; Griselda Zuccarino, a biotechnology undergraduate; and Elizabeth Zuniga, a Biological Sciences graduate student, are among more than 70 CSU students selected as 2005-06 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars. With this award, students are provided faculty guidance, summer internships and funding support.

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the pool of potential CSU faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students from all campuses who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. Students are selected by a committee of faculty from the CSU and the University of California.

Each scholar works closely with a faculty sponsor to develop an overall plan leading to enrollment in a doctoral program. Each plan is tailored to the individual career and educational goals of the student. The program places a special emphasis on increasing the number of CSU students who enter doctoral programs at a University of California campus.

Cal Poly Pomona students have been selected as Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars for nearly 20 years.