SJSU Salzburg Scholars 2013–2014
(Senior – BS Chemistry, College of Science)
Andy currently works at the California Institute for Medical Research (2012-2013), where he collaborates with partnered labs in the study of pre-diabetes among pregnant women as well as childhood obesity. He is also serving as a research assistant (2011-2013) for several professors at SJSU, developing analytical methods for compounds with biomedical applications, and communicating his results through presentations and journal publications. Andy has been a recipient of the Scholars in Science Scholarship (2011-2013) and selected for the Spring Presidents’ Commission Scholars Program (2012-2013). His interests include playing basketball, watching old movies, & traveling. Sponsored by the College of Science.
(Sophomore – Kinesiology, College of Applied Sciences & Arts)
Despite her hearing loss and commuter student status, Erin has found ways to be an active participant within the Kinesiology department and KIN campus organizations. She is also a member of the Student Health Advisory Committee and a Physical Therapy Aide at the Student Health Center. Since beginning her SJSU college education in Fall 2011, she has become a two-time award winner of the Sertoma Scholarship for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (2011 & 2012), recipient of the CSU William Randolph Hearst Award (2012), and a Featured Presidents Scholar (2013). As a future health care professional, Erin embraces every learning and community opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others! Sponsored by the Alumni Association.
(Junior – Mechanical Engineering, Davidson College of Engineering)
Joy is an undergraduate research assistant and NIH-MARC Fellow in the Wilkinson Neurophysiology Lab, where she investigates the mechanical properties of skeletal muscle tissue. Previously, she conducted research in the Hristov Lab at Stanford University, where she developed algorithms for 3D ultrasound image reconstruction. In Fall 2012, she received an award for her presentation of this research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. In addition to her research, Joy is the SJSU Student Section President of the Society of Women Engineers and an NSF-MESA Scholar. Joy recently received the Scott T. Axline Award for Excellence in Service from the College of Engineering and was selected as a feature story on the SJSU Honors Convocation website. Sponsored by the Davidson College of Engineering.
(Graduate Student – MFA in Creative Writing, College of Humanities & Arts)
Jessy serves as a Writing Specialist at the SJSU Writing Center and as a Graduate Assistant in the English Department. Next year, she will work as a Teaching Associate for English 1A. She has studied abroad in London and traveled throughout Europe, with plans to visit Japan later this summer. Jessy is pursuing a career as a writer and has completed her first novel. She also won several poetry scholarships last year and will present at the Northern CA Writing Center Association Conference this spring. She represented the MFA program at the SJSU Humanities Showcase and regularly participates in readings across the Bay Area. She recently moved to San José from Los Angeles, where she grew up, and in her free time enjoys reading and spending time with her cat. Sponsored by the College of Humanities & Arts.
(Senior – Liberal Studies, College of Humanities & Arts)
Sophia recently completed a paper on Desirable or Dangerous? The Turban’s Sojourn in the American Imaginaire, from the 1830s to Post 9-11, which won the SJSU Research Competition and will be presented at the CSU Research Competition in May 2013. An active member of two honor societies, Sophia participates in community events such as La Mesa Verde – a program that provides backyard gardens for low-income families. An aspiring teacher, Sophia is currently a teacher’s aide in a math program designed to help underachieving students perform at grade level. In her spare time she enjoys reading, going on hikes, and spending time with friends and family. Sponsored by the Educational Opportunity Program.
(Senior – American Studies, College of Humanities & Arts)
Laura is an active member of Kappa Delta Sorority and serves on its executive council as Vice President – Operations. In 2012, she received the Emerging Greek Leader of the Year award from Student Involvement for her extensive work on Kappa Delta’s collaboration with Girl Scouts of the USA, along with an individual award from the local Girl Scouts office here in the South Bay. She has also recently received the prestigious AS 55 Award and will be serving on the AS Board of Directors as Director of University Advising Affairs in the next academic years. This spring, Laura will be initiated into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. After completing her undergraduate studies, Laura intends to attend Hastings or UC Berkeley’s School of Law. Sponsored by the SJSU Salzburg Program.
(Junior – BS in Computer Engineering, Davidson College of Engineering)
Carissa currently serves as the Vice President of the Society of Women Engineers (2012-2013), organizing outreach events to encourage women to pursue a degree in STEM. In 2012, Carissa traveled to Taiwan and China as a Global Technology Initiative Scholar, where she visited tech companies, universities, and cultural sites for two weeks in an effort to understand the true meaning of being a global citizen. She also volunteers for the College of Engineering as a Silicon Valley Engineering Scholar and works as a student assistant on campus while pursuing her degree full-time. Sponsored by Associated Students.
(Frosh – English, College of Humanities & Arts; and Anthropology, College of Social Sciences)
In addition to her major studies, Megan is currently enrolled in SJSU's Humanities Honors Program. In addition to being a full time student, she volunteers with several LGBT support organizations on and off campus. After her trip to Salzburg this summer, Megan will be exploring the wildlife of Australia as an International Students Volunteer in a month-long conservation effort. In the time she does not dedicate to school, which is sparse, Megan enjoys reading, watching wildlife documentaries, going to the cinema, and pretending she is married to Oscar Wilde. Sponsored by the Humanities Honors Program and the SJSU Salzburg Program.
(Junior – International Business, College of Business)
Skylar transferred to SJSU last year from Colorado to advance her international business opportunities. She is part of the student organization AIESEC (2012-2013), which focuses on the peace and fulfillment of humankind by creating global internship opportunities. Wanting to meet more students interested in global networking, Skylar also joined the International Business Association and is currently working to complete the requirements of the Global Leadership Passport Program. She hopes to study abroad in Italy next semester to learn about their culture, style of business, and, of course, perfect her taste of pizza! When she gets some free time, she loves travel, read, play volleyball, go to the beach, and watch baseball. Sponsored by the College of Business.
(Junior – International Business, College of Business)
Joseverino has been a part of multiple student organizations on campus since his freshman year. A proud brother of Alpha Kappa Omega Fraternity, where he served as Council Delegate, he has also been an active member of Spartups, the Akbayan Filipino Organization, and is currently on the Student Advisory Board for the Bay Area Retail Center (BARC). He is also driving results as Vice President of the International Business Association. Joseverino is a huge advocate of two new Global Citizenship initiatives that the College of Business has initiated: the Global Leadership and Innovation minor; and the GLAC Passport Program. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and volunteering at local food shelters. Sponsored by the College of Business.
(Graduate Student – Master of Arts in Education, Lurie College of Education)
Patience has worked in South Africa researching women’s issues in Cape Town, where she also mentored entrepreneurial women in starting, operating, and expanding grass-roots businesses in their townships. Passionate about education, diversity, social justice, and opportunity, Patience has contributed time and resources to non-profit groups across the country by mentoring young girls in career and college paths at Metro Achievement Center in Chicago; and educating youth through Public Allies and City Year, Bill Wilson Center, and Youth Commission, and Communities Organizing Resources to Advance Learning (CORAL) in San Jose. Recently, she has been recognized as an exemplary volunteer with San Francisco Pride, Rebuilding Together, and Meals on Wheels San Francisco. Sponsored by the Lurie College of Education.
(Junior – Photojournalism, College of Applied Sciences & Arts)
Codi is currently a President's Scholar (2012-2013) at SJSU and graduated from Bret Harte High School as the salutatorian (2010). A photographer for San Jose State University's student newspaper, the Spartan Daily, she recently worked on a micro-documentary about the life of a 21-year-old man with autism. She is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society (2012-2013) that develops students' leadership, academic, and service skills. In high school, she co-founded her school's Renaissance Program (2008-2010), and was a founding member of her school's Spanish Honors Society (2010) and a lifetime member of the California Scholarship Federation (2006-2010). In her spare time, she enjoys reading books, practicing photography, and experimenting with new recipes. Sponsored by the College of International & Extended Studies.
(Graduate Student – Art History)
Mary graduated magna cum laude from SJSU with a BA in Liberal Studies and a minor in Business (2011). Mary is passionate about education and enabling others to succeed. She began working in preschools and as a nanny before becoming a Student Assistant in SJSU’s Humanities Honors Program (2008-2011). After graduation, she worked as a SAT Prep Instructor for Upward Bound (2011-2012) and as a Scholarships Associate at Silicon Valley Community Foundation (2012-present). In addition to her work and study, Mary volunteers as a Curatorial Research Intern at Montalvo Arts Center (2011-) and co-leads Stitching Up Spirits, a charity-knitting circle that supports EHC Lifebuilders Cold Winter Shelter in Sunnyvale (2008-). Born in Russia, Mary speaks English and Russian fluently (also a bit of French) and loves to talk about art, history, travel, and food. Sponsored by Associated Students.
(Sophomore – BA in Humanities and BA in Political Science)
Jonathan is currently a student in the Humanities Honors Program at San José State University. Fluent in both English and Spanish, he currently tutors high school students in the Pre-College Program – Upward Bound. He is also involved in several on-campus groups, including Associated Students, Aspire, and EOP. Off-campus, Jonathan volunteers in San José State's Strive for College Program. In his spare time, he enjoys watching documentaries, writing, boxing, and archery. Sponsored by the Humanities Honors Program.
(Junior – BS in Aerospace Engineering, Davidson College of Engineering)
Joey has recently been accepted into the Marine Officer Program, PLC (Platoon Leaders Class). Upon graduating from SJSU, he will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He has also been selected as a Dean’s Scholar the last two academic school years. A member of both the SJSU football team and the SJSU boxing club, he was recognized for having the highest GPA on the SJSU football team (Fall 2011) and ranked in the top five of all male student-athletes in terms of GPA (2011). He is also a member of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Golden Key International Honor Society, and Sigma Gamma Tau. Additionally, Joey is pursuing his private pilot’s license. Sponsored by the Student Union.
(Junior – BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering, College of Engineering)
Although born in the beautiful country of Iran, Avesta is a citizen of both the prosperous nation of Canada and the great nation of the United States of America. Serving as SJSU’s Associated Students Director of Business Affairs (2012-2013) and its Controller (2013-2014), he strives to increase educational opportunities for all students through meaningful actions. As an award-winning member of SJSU’s Speech and Debate team, Avesta has garnered international policy-making skills, unbound empathy, and a prowess in communication. Outside of SJSU, Avesta is a founding servant of an INC 500 tech corporation. He assists 80+ employees globally while supplying clients in 218+ countries, territories, and colonies. Most importantly, he enjoys Belgian waffles with whipped cream and Nutella. Sponsored by the SJSU Salzburg Program.
(Junior – BFA in Animation/Illustration, College of Humanities & Arts)
Jessica is currently a member of the SHM Club, which is the largest student-run organization on campus that focuses on the integration and facilitation of the arts for students and communities. Prior to this year she was a member of the SJSU Women’s Wrestling Team, where she served as secretary and acquired two west coast conference championship titles. She is developing her leadership and teamwork skills as a crew member at Trader Joe’s, where she works part time. Sponsored by the College of Humanities & Arts.
(Junior – BS in Psychology, College of Social Sciences)
Nichole is currently a Peer Mentor (2012-present), facilitating workshops on study strategies and serving as a student resource for guidance and support of academic success. Recently, she started volunteering with Strive for College, mentoring high school students through the college admissions process. She was also a student in the Humanities Honors Program (2010-2012) and through the program developed an interest in learning about history, arts, and other cultures. Although she has not travelled out of the country in years, she has taken several cultural studies courses during her time at San José State and genuinely appreciates all that she has learned through her experiences on such a diverse campus. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and taking day trips with friends or family. Sponsored by the College of Social Sciences.