SJSU Salzburg Scholars

New Scholars | 2014-2015

The SJSU Salzburg Program has selected 14 students from across campus to serve as 2014 SJSU Salzburg Scholars.

  • Rishidhar Bommu (Frosh - Humanities Honors Program | College of Humanities & Arts)
  • Matthew Diwata (Senior - Management Information Systems | College of Business)
  • Jeramiah Dow (Junior - Management | College of Business)
  • Judith Durden (Senior - Environmental Studies | College of Social Sciences)
  • Sharan Johal (Graduate - Public Health | College of Applied Sciences & Arts)
  • Inderpal Kaur (Junior - Psychology | College of Social Sciences)
  • Jessica Massie (Junior - Global Studies | College of Social Sciences)
  • Debby Ng (Junior - Humanities Honors Program College of Humanities & Arts)
  • Samina Patel (Junior - Global Studies | College of Social Sciences)
  • Gabriel Rodriguez (Junior - Sociology | College of Social Sciences)
  • Hillary Schauf (Sophomore - Business Entrepreneurship | College of Business)
  • Jose Seneris (Graduate - Aerospace Engineering | College of Engineering)
  • Joyce Suen (Frosh - Health Science | College of Applied Sciences & Arts)
  • Teklehaymanot Yilma (Senior - Political Science | College of Social Sciences)

These new Scholars will participate in a variety of orientation and preparation activities (Spring 2014), attend Session #63 of the Global Citizenship Program at the Salzburg Global Seminar (Summer 2014), and spend the following academic year working on collaborative and individual projects with the 2014 SJSU Salzburg Fellows to help globalize the university (Fall 2014-Spring 2015).


SJSU Salzburg Scholars are selected as part of San José State’s efforts to develop a critical mass of change agents who will work together across institutional boundaries to globalize the campus in more coherent ways.  Scholars are chosen from different units all over SJSU—including senior administration, academic colleges and departments, student affairs, and advancement—because our Program focuses on strategies and activities that are intended to transform a wide range of curricular, co-curricular, and operational aspects in the University as a whole.

Participation in this Program is open to all full-time matriculated students.  Preference is given to upper-division undergraduates who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership in working for the greater good of the campus, and who agree to return as full-time students for the following academic year.  Nominations and applications are usually solicited sometime in the Fall semester through a brief online Application Package, with candidates chosen by a Selection Committee composed of SJSU Salzburg Fellows and Scholars.  Although the number varies each year depending on funding and other factors, we usually appoint 10–15 Scholars annually.

The new Scholars participate in orientation activities during the Spring semester, attend an intensive week-long session of the Global Citizenship Program at the Salzburg Global Seminar in early June, and spend the following academic year working with other SJSU Salzburg Scholars and SJSU Salzburg Fellows on a variety of individual and group Projects to promote global citizenship, positively affect the University as a whole, and strengthen their own abilities to live and work in a complex interconnected world.

This brings the total of SJSU Salzburg Scholars to 122 since the Program began in 2006 — 12 Scholars in 2007, 12 Scholars in 2008, 17 Scholars in 2009, 16 Scholars in 2010, 15 Scholars in 2011, 18 Scholars in 2012, 18 Scholars in 2013, and 14 Scholars in 2014.  In addition, there has been one other Salzburg Scholar who attended an ISP session in 2005 as part of her work as an SJSU McNair Scholar and several SJSU students who have been selected to serve as Salzburg Interns at the Salzburg Global Seminar.