Ms. Villanueva’s mentor Dr. Margaret Friend says “It is an honor to mentor Anele. Anele Villanueva is one of the most driven, smart, and hardworking students that I know. She is majoring in Child and Family Studies with minors in Counseling and Social Change and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. She is also an IMSD Scholar. She has found her calling in helping young children, especially disadvantaged children, develop the language and literacy skills necessary to thrive in school and beyond. Toward this end, she received funding to work in the NYU Belle Project’s Video Interaction Project as a summer research opportunity last year and has worked for two years in the SDSU Infant and Child Development Lab’s Path to Language and Literacy Project. She is truly a bright star who will make a real difference in the world. It is an honor to support her on this auspicious path”.

Psychology Undergraduate Student Elizabeth Villanueva Received the Prestigious CSU Scholarship.

“SDSU’s six honorees are among 75 Sally Casanova California Pre-Doctoral Scholars for 2018-19.
By Jeff Ristine


In addition to a $3,000 pre-doctoral scholarship, recipients are assisted through one-on-one mentorship from a faculty mentor and opportunities to work with faculty from doctoral-granting institutions. The awards are open to upper-division undergraduate and graduate students.

This year’s SDSU Sally Casanova Scholars, their major areas of study, and their faculty mentors are:

  • Ariana Romero, graduate student, educational leadership (specialization in student affairs in postsecondary education) — Mentor: Felisha Herrera Villareal
  • Lorelay Mendoza, undergraduate student, environmental engineering — Mentor: Natalie Mladenov
  • Ellen Kuang, graduate student, chemistry — Mentor: Erica Forsberg
  • Joshua Hudson, graduate student, sociology — Mentor: Minjeong Kim
  • Adoril Oshana, undergraduate student, psychology, information systems — Mentor: Kate Hattrup
  • Elizabeth Villanueva, undergraduate student, child development — Mentor: Margaret Friend

All six recipients are first-generation college students.

The scholarship funding helps defray the costs associated with visits to doctoral-granting institutions to explore opportunities for continued study and travel to professional meetings. It also can be used for graduate school applications, test fees and research materials, among other expenses.

The SDSU recipients are among 75 Sally Casanova Scholars for the upcoming academic year, selected by a committee of CSU and University of California representatives from among 304 applications. CSU’s Pre-Doctoral Program is intended in part to increase diversity within faculty ranks by supporting the doctoral aspirations of students, particularly those who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages.

The award is named in memory of a former associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies at CSU Dominguez Hills who launched the pre-doctoral program in 1989″.

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