Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected into the 2013/2014 California State University Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program.

Jose Garica

José Garcia received his B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from California State University, Stanislaus, a Multi-Subjects Credential and an M.A. in Mexican American Studies, with an Emphasis in Education from San José State University. He is currently enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin seeking a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in Education. José was an elementary school teacher for five years, and has served as a Teaching Assistant and Assistant Instructor while at the University of Texas. He has outstanding letters of recommendation from his professors, all of whom believe that he has the unique ability of blending his theoretical interests in popular education with his dedication to helping immigrant students achieve success. Dr. Marcus Pizarro, Chair of Mexican American Studies at SJSU ranks him as one of the best graduate students he has worked with in his 15-year career, and he looks forward to working with José further as outlined in their collaborative plan. José ‘s program mentor is Dr. Marcos Pizzaro.

Monica Kapil

Monica Kapil is currently working on her Ph.D. in Bioengineering at University of California, Berkeley. She obtained her M.S. in Mechancial Engineering from San José State University and her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley. She is currently a Research Fellow in the Herr Laboratory of Bioinstrumentation for Quantitative Biology and Medicine at U.C. Berkeley, was a Research Assistant at San José State, and Instructor of Physics and Chemistry for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) at San José State. She has experience in both industry and government. She is dedicated to diversity and serves as President of the Latino Associate for Graduate Students in Engineering and Science at U.C. Berkeley. Monica’s program mentor is Dr. Karen Singmaster.

Nereida Oliva

Nereida Oliva is presently a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy. She received a B.A.in Liberal Arts from California State University, Monterey Bay, and an M.Ed from the University of Utah in Educational Leadership & Policy (Focus: Student Affairs). For two years in a row she won the Dr. Suzanne Wade Scholarship for Single Parents, and in 2012 was a Barbara L. Jackson Scholar.   She is presently a Research Assistant with Adelante Partnership developing academic success plans with families and school districts. She has been involved with student counseling and educational policy since 2002. Nereida is the first of her family to graduate from college and is strongly committed to returning to the CSU system to assist its diverse student population, many of whom are first generation students like herself.  Her program mentor is Rebeca Burciaga.

Frank Russell

Frank Russell received his B.A. in Journalism and his M.S. in Mass Communications from San José State University. He has been accepted into both the University School of Journalism and the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Not only has he taught several courses as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Missouri Journal of Journalism, he has a very long and distinguished career in journalism starting as an intern with the Gilroy Dispatch, moving to the Seattle Times business desk and eventually becoming the online breaking news editor at the San Jose Mercury News. As a professional turned scholar, Frank is poised to teach a new generation of journalists in the face of a quickly-changing industry. He would be an outstanding addition to the CSU system, and wishes to return to it upon completion of his Ph.D.  Dr. Scott Fosdick is Frank’s mentor.

 Arlene Spiker

Arlene Spilker obtained a B.S. in Nursing and an M.S. in Nursing with an Education Focus from San José State University. She has applied to the NorCal San Jose/Fresno State DNP program and is awaiting acceptance. Arlene not only has over ten years of experience as a Staff Nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital, but has been a lecturer at SJSU since 2008. She serves on multiple committees, including the Curriculum Coordinating Committee and Executive Committee at SJSU and is very familiar with the CSU system. She is very well respected within the department and has strong support to succeed in her endeavors. Dr. Jayne Cohen is Arlene’s mentor.