Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship

The Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship application period is closed at this time.  It will reopen in October or November, 2015.

Each pre-doctoral award is for $3,000. The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the diversity of the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of diverse CSU students.

Each of the selected pre-doctoral scholars works closely with a CSU faculty sponsor to develop overall plans leading ultimately to enrollment in a doctoral program. Each plan is tailored to the specific goals and educational objectives of the student. A committee of faculty from the CSU and the University of California selects students to receive the awards. It is a one-time award; current or former Pre-Doctoral Scholar Program recipients are not eligible to apply. To be eligible to receive funds, applicants must be enrolled at SJSU during both the application period (Spring 2015) and at least one term of the following academic year (2015-2016).

Junior, senior, and graduate students in the CSU, especially those from groups underrepresented in their fields, receive funding for visits to Ph.D.-granting institutions to explore opportunities for doctoral study, for travel to national symposia or professional meetings, for membership in professional organizations, for journal subscriptions, and for graduate school application and test fees. In addition, those who receive pre-doctoral awards are eligible to participate in a fully funded summer research internship at a doctoral-granting campus.  More information for applicants and sponsors is available here

How to Apply

Students and faculty must complete the required  application and forms.   Students must obtain transcripts from all undergraduate institutions they have attended. Applicants are expected to assemble and submit the entire application packet in the correct order and with all necessary parts.  In addition to the application, transcripts and sponsor forms, students are required to submit a Permission to Publish.  Applications and supporting documents are submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies & Research for review and submission to the Chancellor's Office.

The campus deadline for completed applications and faculty sponsor forms is Monday, March 2, 2015. Please submit all materials to the Graduate Studies Office (formerly Graduate Studies & Research) in ADM 223B on or before that date.

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Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship Winners

The recipients of the 2015-2016 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship are listed below:

Long Lu, Aerospace Engineering
Kamran Turkoglu, Mentor

Keith Hernandez, Marine Science
James T. Harvey, Mentor

Ryan Scott, Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology)
Joanne Thorner Kerr, Mentor