Grads Will Walk in CSULA Undergraduate Commencement
Los Angeles, CA Â At an age when many of their peers are
graduating from high school or starting college, 14 students
ranging from 18-22 years old will be receiving their
baccalaureate degrees at California State University, Los
Angeles on Saturday, June 11, 2005. An additional EEP
undergraduate will be receiving both a baccalaureate degree and a
teaching credential. Three more ÂEEPstersÂ will be attending Cal
State L.A.Âs MasterÂs Hooding Ceremony on Friday, June 10.
These exceptionally bright students are part of Cal State
L.A.Âs Early Entrance Program (EEP)Âthe only program of its kind
in the nation. EEP has grown steadily since its inception at Cal
State L.A. in 1983Âthere are more than 100 EEPsters now attending
Cal State L.A. Modeled after the program at the University of
Washington, Seattle, Cal State L.A.Âs EEP admits extraordinarily
gifted youngstersÂsome as young as 11Âdirectly into college,
providing the early entrants with monitored evaluation, regular
counseling sessions, and the opportunity to study with like-minded
The 2005 CSULA EEP graduates are:
Â Brandon Pancost (Glendale), 19, computer
science major. Brandon, who will be attending USC masterÂs program
in computer science, was also accepted to the masterÂs program at
Â David Nguyen (Downey) 19, biology Â David began
attending CSULA in 2000. An honors student, he is one of only 60
in the nation awarded the 2005 national Phi Kappa Phi fellowship.
David will attend the University of IowaÂs Roy J. and Lucille A.
Carver College of Medicine. He was accepted at Albert Einstein
College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, and is
wait-listed at David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA.
Â Frank Sy (Arcadia), 18, biochemistry major.
Frank will be attending Boston UniversityÂs Goldman School of
Dental Medicine in the fall.
Â Jackson Vane (Whittier), 21, biology major.
Jackson will be attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine
and Science, Chicago [formerly Finch University of Health
Sciences/The Chicago Medical School].
Â Jesse Hsieh (Arcadia), 19, psychology major.
Jesse started as an ÂEEPsterÂ in 2000. He will be attending UCLA
School of Law in the fall, and was accepted to George Washington
Law School, Martin Luther King Law School (UC Davis), and is
waitlisted at University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Duke, and
Â Jonathan Roberts (Westchester), 19, electrical
engineering major. Jonathan will be seeking employment in the
engineering field after graduation. He eventually plans to return
for a graduate degree in engineering after working in the field.
He is graduating with his sister, Dominique (see below).
Â Karen Kuo (San Marino), 19, business
administration major, option marketing management (minor in
economics). Karen is applying to NYU, Cornell and other master of
science in direct and interactive marketing programs.
Â Katherine Chuang (Arcadia), 19, computer
science major. Katherine is applying to the masterÂs program in
library science at UCLA.
Â Mindi Hillman (Los Angeles), 22, liberal
studies major. Mindi began her studies at CSULA through the PACE
program in 1997; she then started in the EEP program in 1998. She
is planning to attend CSUN to earn a credential as a sign language
interpreter. Hillman will be seeking an ASL (American Sign
Language) or deaf-related job while she is earning her teaching
certification. After that, intends to interpret privately, with
the ultimate goal of working in that capacity in the court system.
Â Nina Lu (Arcadia), 20, biology major. Nina has
been accepted to medical school at UC Davis and three other
schools, including Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Â Dominique Roberts (Westchester), 18, political
science major. Dominique plans to attend Pepperdine University
School of Law in the fall.
Â Andrew Greene (Tarzana), 19, broadcasting
major. Seeking a job in the film industry after graduation.
Other EEP graduates walking are Geoff Lancaster
(Shadow Hills), 23, history major, who will also be receiving
a teaching credential; Siraj Gibani (Rancho Cucamonga),
19, a biology major; and Jordan Kubicki (Downey),
19, a psychology major.
MasterÂs recipientsÂFriday, June 10, 2005.
Â Receiving a masterÂs degree in environmental hydrogeology is
EEPster James Walker (Irvine), 24. James earned a
degree in geology at CSULA in 2001, worked as a consultant for a
year, then returned to the CSULA masterÂs program. He is currently
working for GeoTrans in Irvine as an environmental consultant, and
teaching part-time for the Cal State L.A. Dept. of Geology. He
hopes eventually to earn a second masterÂs in Civil Engineering,
or possibly an MBA. Â Jon Rheuben (Los Angeles 90026),
23, is receiving his masterÂs in biology. Â Joe Viola
(Altadena), 23, is receiving a masterÂs in mathematics. He
will be attending UCLAÂs mathematics Ph.D. program in the fall.
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