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Jacquelyn Szajer, Elizabeth Orient and Cecilia Bess were the awardees of the California Pre-Doctoral Program Award

Elizabeth Orient and Jacquelyn Szajer, currently in the Psychology Master’s Program and Cecilia Bess an undergraduate psychology student and MARC scholar were three of eight SDSU students to receive the California Pre-Doctoral Program Award.

This program is designed to increase the pool of university faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of individuals who are current upper-division or graduate students in the CSU; economically and educationally disadvantaged; interested in a university faculty career; U.S. citizens or permanent residents; and leaders of tomorrow.

Students who are chosen for this prestigious award are designated Sally Casanova Scholars as a tribute to Dr. Sally Casanova, for whom the Pre-Doctoral scholarship is named. These scholars are exposed to unique opportunities to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral programs. CSU and UC faculty members are an integral component of this program as they work closely with scholars to prepare them for graduate studies.

This is the twenty-second year of the California Pre-Doctoral Program. The Pre-Doctoral Advisory committee, consisting of faculty and administrators from California State Universities and the University of California, reviewed 247 student applicants and selected 72 California Pre-Doctoral Scholars for 2012-2013 who will each receive $3,000 to pursue a doctoral degree and an opportunity for a fully funded internship during the summer of 2013.  Below is more information on the psychology awardees and their faculty sponsor.  Congrats to the winners of this prestigious award!

Student                                Faculty Sponsor                   

Cecilia Bess                             Vanessa Malcarne

Elizabeth Orient                       Pamela Moses

Jacquelyn Szajer                      Claire Murphy

Learn more information about the California Pre-Doctoral Program