SJSU Salzburg Scholars 2014–2015

Rishidhar Bommu

Rishidhar Reddy Bommu

(Frosh - Humanities Honors Program | College of Humanities & Arts)

Phi Theta Kappa Honors Student (2013) and Current Humanities Honors Student, Rishi aspires to make his mark in Silicon Valley. He started developing electronic applications in tenth grade and had his first IOS publication in 2012. One application, named Rusher, served as a quick GPS Navigation utility and provided its users with fast address searching. Rishi is also a Professional Magician; he has given various charity shows in India and the US, leaving his audiences with smiles. Prior to attending SJSU, Rishi managed and founded two clubs in his high school. He also simultaneously went to Ohlone College and managed to complete one year of college prior to his high school graduation. He is confident in his field of Computer Science, ready to explore other fields and to experience a global understanding of himself, SJSU, and the World. Sponsored by the Humanities Honors Program.

Matthew Diwata

Matthew Diwata

(Senior - Management Information Systems | College of Business)

A Dean’s Scholar (2014) at SJSU, Matthew currently serves as a Peer Leader in the College of Business and as a Resident Advisor in Royce Hall. This spring he will conclude his last semester of the Humanities Honors Program. Matthew is also a brother of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and a general member of Circle K International. In his spare time, he volunteers at West Valley Community Services in Cupertino. Last summer he completed an internship with Pricewaterhouse-Coopers and will return to the firm in summer 2014. In the coming academic year, Matthew plans on applying to the Gary J. Sbona Honors Program. Aside from school, student organizations, and internships, Matthew has a deep appreciation for Bay Area professional sports, is an avid Yelper, and enjoys live music. Sponsored by the Lucas College of Business.

Jeramiah Dow

Jeramiah Dow

(Junior - Management | College of Business)

A member of Phi Kappa Phi (2014) and Alpha Gamma Sigma (2013), Jeramiah transferred to SJSU in 2013 after graduating from Allan Hancock College with an A.A. in Liberal Arts. Previously, he graduated from the Community College of the Air Force with an A.S. in Criminal Justice. He performed Military Police duties while serving in the U.S. Air Force (2008-2012), where he is a veteran of multiple deployments – including 7 months in Southern Iraq (2009), as well as counter-drug and humanitarian operations (2011). His volunteer efforts resulted in his being named as FOL Curacao Top Performer (2011). He later went on to work in Denver as an emergency firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service (2013). In his spare time he enjoys mountaineering Colorado’s highest peaks and hiking the Colorado Trail with his father. Sponsored by the Lucas College of Business.

Judith Durden

Judith Durden

(Senior - Environmental Studies | College of Social Sciences)

A former student at Cabrillo College (2008-2011) and member of Alpha Gamma Sigma (2009), Judith organized events to promote civic engagement through cultural activities. In addition, she has traveled to Mexico three times to help build homes for families in need, and to El Salvador twice to support a medical team that offered free health care to local villagers. At San José State University (2011-Present), she promotes environmental sustainability on campus through the Environmental Resource Center and works to bring environmentally sustainable transportation options to SJSU through the student organization called TRANSITion. Judith is also the TA for UNVS 96GB, one of 4 integrated GE courses on Global Citizenship, and a lead TA for the Biology department (2012-Present). Sponsored by the SJSU Salzburg Program.

Sharan Johal

Sharanjit Johal

(Graduate - Public Health | College of Applied Sciences & Arts)

During her studies as a Master of Public Health candidate at SJSU, Sharanjit has played a dynamic role in assessing and improving the health of her communities through her work as an intern at Stanford University’s School of Medicine (2013), as well as through her service as a founding/current member of the UC Berkeley chapter of The Bhagat Puran Singh Health Initiative (BPSHI) (2011-present). At SJSU, she works closely with her mentor Dr. Kathleen Roe (2010 Salzburg Fellow), who has been instrumental in cultivating Sharanjit’s passion, expertise, and skill set. Sharanjit was an active member of Cal Students for Equal Rights and a Valid Education (CalSERVE) (2007-2011) during her undergraduate years at UC Berkeley, where she received dual Bachelor’s degrees in CRS: Health Science and Policy Management and Legal Studies. Sponsored by the College of Applied Sciences and Arts & Associated Students.

Inderpal Kaur

Inderpal Kaur

(Junior - Psychology | College of Social Sciences)

Inderpal is a 2013 and 2014 SJSU President’s Scholar. She is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society (2012-present), Phi Kappa Phi (2014-present), and Psi Chi (2013-present), the International Honor Society of Psychology. She was also a member of ASPIRE (2011-2012), an advising program at SJSU. She was also a student of the Humanities Honors Program (2011-2013), which led her to minoring in Humanities. Inderpal is a volunteer at the Bill Wilson Center (2013-present). She is also a research assistant for one of her professors (2014-present). In her spare time, she enjoys reading, being outdoors, and drawing. Sponsored by the College of Social Sciences.

Jessica Massie

Jessica Massie

(Junior - Global Studies | College of Social Sciences)

In High School Jessica received Lamps of Knowledge awards for her participation in the Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) Programs, a varsity letter for her participation in soccer, music achievement awards for her participation in the audition only Chamber Choir, and a service award for more than 50 hours of tutoring service a semester. She also worked as the Lead English Tutor (2010-2012) for Vintage High School’s Study Buddy Program. Jessica has held leadership positions (2009-2012) in the Asian Culture Club, the Humane Society Club, SynergyLit Club, and Crusher Crew. Outside of academics Jessica has interned at the Lincoln Theatre in Yountville (2013) where she promoted the theatre through marketing. Jessica is currently the treasurer of the Global Studies club (2014) and a student of the Humanities Honors program (2012-2014). Sponsored by the Alumni Association.

Debby Ng

Debby Ng

(Junior - Humanities Honors Program | College of Humanities & Arts)

Phi Kappa Phi (2014), President’s Scholar (2013-2014), and Dean’s Scholar (2012-2013), Debby is co-founder and current treasurer of the Humanities Club at SJSU (2013-2014). She was also a student in the Humanities Honors Program (2012-2013). A dedicated and passionate student pursuing her career in education, Debby is actively serving her community as a current Reading Partners literacy tutor at Horace Mann Elementary School, as well as a classroom volunteer. She was also a Lowell High School JROTC cadet for four years, where she was Battalion Executive Officer (2011) and Company Commander (2010); and a four-year member of Lowell Drum Corps, Tom Leader (2011). Debby is fluent in Cantonese and attended Chinese school for 13 years. She was recently selected as a feature story on the SJSU Honors Convocation website. Sponsored by the Humanities Honors Program & the College of Humanities and Arts.

Samina Patel

Samina Patel-Sharp

(Junior - Global Studies | College of Social Sciences)

A member of Phi Theta Kappa (2011), Golden Key Society (2013), and Phi Kappa Phi (2014), Samina has also been a recipient of the Annette Horn Memorial Scholarship (2012) and the JM Long Scholarship (2012). She is the Student Vice President of Phi Kappa Phi; Treasurer of Jesse Frey Community Gardens; and Founder of Willow Glen Fruitopia, an early stage nonprofit organization that provides no cost, locally sourced fruit to underserved communities. Samina has also studied 16th century British history, economics, and foreign policy at the University of Oxford (UK) and has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. Professionally, she developed over 15 years of cross-functional workflow and efficiency expertise with her former employers at IBM, Reactrix Media Systems, and Ernst & Young LLP. Upon graduation, Samina hopes to attend law school. Sponsored by Associated Students.

Gabriel Rodriguez

Gabriel Rodriguez

(Junior - Sociology | College of Social Sciences)

Ever since he began studies at San José State, Gabriel has been involved in organizations and community service. He has worked at the Associated Student’s Cesar Chavez Community Action Center, Grace Community Center, the LGBTQ Youth Space, Californians for Justice, and the LUPE summer program. In addition, he has been involved in Queers Thoughtfully Interrupting Prejudice (QTIP), EL PAIS, Movimiento Estudiantil Xican@de Aztlán (MEXA), and Gente Unida. Currently, he is the Director of Intercultural Affairs for Associated Students. He also advocates for students who are from underrepresented backgrounds – such as LGBT, disabled, and ethnic/cultural students. All of these organizations focus on how to improve the lives of people, specifically the acceptance of LGBT people or opportunities for more people to be involved in higher education. Sponsored by the College of Social Sciences.

Hillary Schauf

Hillary Schauf

(Sophomore - Business Entrepreneurship | College of Business)

A recipient of a President's Education Excellence Award (2010), Hillary’s diverse life has given her a multifaceted skillset. She has prepared and served food at a local homeless shelter as part of her involvement with California Scholarship Federation, Chapter 681, (2005-2009). She has also worked as a stage manager, actor, and make-up artist for a theater group of 30+ people (2008-2010). She worked as a caretaker for a child with disabilities (2011). She is currently a long-distance truck driver and customer service representative for Groovy Moving (2012-present). A participant in the Humanities Honors Program (2012-Present), Hilary received the Wobber Scholarship for academic excellence (2013). Sponsored by Lucas College of Business.

Jose Seneris

Jose Ramil Seneris

(Graduate - Aerospace Engineering | College of Engineering)

Jose Ramil is the Project Lead for Spartan Tethered Europa ExpLorer (Project STEEL), where he leads a team of students in the design, development, and fabrication of a micro-class remotely-operated underwater vehicle. He also works as the Exo-Brake Fabricator with NASA Ames and a team of his peers on the TechEdSat series of small satellites. Since 2012, Jose Ramil has been the Public Policy Director for the San Francisco Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). From 2011-2012, he served as the SJSU student Branch Chair of AIAA. He is also a member of SJSU Quidditch. For summer 2014, he will be working at The Tech Museum of Innovation as a Maker Corps Member, ensuring that every child is a Maker. Sponsored by the Alumni Association.

Joyce Suen

Joyce Suen

(Frosh - Health Science | College of Applied Sciences & Arts)

Joyce is currently participating in the Humanities Honors Program. She is also actively involved in several community service groups. These include the Health Science Honor Society, which promotes academic excellence as well as being involved in the community through volunteer work; and Project SHINE, which is a student organization that connects students with volunteer opportunities to work with seniors. She was first exposed to connecting with the community when she was an intern for Kaiser Permanente’s Public Affairs and became passionate about community relations by working with health professionals. In addition, Joyce would like to visit many countries so she can develop a broad understanding of different cultures and communities to become more globally well rounded. Sponsored by the College of Applied Sciences and Arts & Associated Students.

Teklehaymanot Yilma

Teklehaymanot Yilma

(Senior - Political Science | College of Social Sciences)

Teklehaymanot is currently a New Student Mentor at San José State and also a Development Intern at the Asante Africa Foundation. He has devoted himself to campus involvement during his student career on campus. This included service as a Resident Advisor for two years, which he spent educating up to 200 residents about the importance of global and multicultural competence. It also included his service as the Publication and Sustainability Chair for the Pacific Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls in 2012. In that role, he assisted in the overall planning and execution of the PACURH conference that hosted over 500 students from 20 universities in the Pacific region. After studying abroad in Lille, France, Teklehaymanot interned for Congresswoman Anna Eshoo where he worked on fundraising, campaigning, and constituent outreach. In 2014, Teklehaymanot was awarded an Associated Students outstanding leadership award for his contributions to the SJSU community. Sponsored by the Student Union.