Cal State LA graduate students named Casanova Scholars

Casanova Scholars

The prestigious award helps students succeed in doctoral programs

Los Angeles--Seven Cal State LA graduate students have received the 2015-16 Sally Casanova pre-doctoral scholar awards, which are granted each year to support the doctoral aspirations of students across the 23-campus California State University system.

Each scholar receives a $3,000 award to help fund travel, graduate exams, fees for professional conferences, and other costs related to graduate school. Since 1998, more than 185 students from Cal State LA have been selected for this prestigious award.

The 2015-16 Sally Casanova Scholars are:

Sandy Alvarez, biology major, Granada Hills resident

Amalia Castaneda, history major, Lynwood resident

Christopher DeMarco, biology major, Glendale resident

Javier Garcia, microbiology major, Los Angeles resident

Rosemary Garcia, environmental science major, Sun Valley resident

Samantha Lorenz, anthropology major, downtown L.A. resident

Sasha Santhoff, sociology major, Los Angeles resident

The award honors the late Sally Casanova, who launched the program in 1989. She was a staff member with the CSU chancellor’s office during the 1960s. Casanova also served as associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies at CSU Dominguez Hills from 1991 until her death in 1994. She was married to Joseph Casanova, a Cal State LA emeritus chemistry professor.

For more information, contact Karin E. Brown, associate dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Cal State LA at (323) 343-3820.

Photo: (first row) Sasha Santoff, Christopher DeMarco,  Rosemary Garcia,  Amalia Castaneda, Samantha Lorenz, Sandra Alvarez, (back row) Dr. Andres Aguilar,  Dr. Christopher Endy, Dr. James Brady, and Dr. Karin Elliott Brown. (Not pictured: Javier Garcia)

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