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WSU Alumna Nife Shola-Dare Finalist for Rhodes-West Africa Scholarship

Nife Shola-Dare, 2021 finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship for West Africa.

Washington State University neuroscience and Honors College alumna Oluwanifemi “Nife” Shola-Dare (Neuroscience ’21) has been recognized as a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship for West Africa, said April Seehafer, director of the WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program. “Becoming a Rhodes finalist is an acknowledgement of my academic achievements and my career goals, and of the leadership roles I have held over many years,” said Shola-Dare.

Nife Shola-Dare, 2021 finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship for West Africa. PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University neuroscience and Honors College alumna Oluwanifemi “Nife” Shola-Dare (Neuroscience ’21) has been recognized as a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship for West Africa, said April Seehafer, director of the WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program.

The Rhodes is the oldest prestigious scholarship program available to exceptional graduate scholars, providing funding for studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. WSU had 10 Rhodes Scholars from 1907 to 1956. Prior to Shola-Dare, the most recent finalists were in 1984 and 2017.

“Becoming a Rhodes finalist is an acknowledgement of my academic achievements and my career goals, and of the leadership roles I have held over many years,” said Shola-Dare. “With this accomplishment, I am confident I can do more, be better, and achieve even more in times to come.

“This is definitely a tremendous honor, one that I don’t take for granted,” she said.

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Two WSU Sophomores Land Distinguished Udall Scholars Awards

Shown from left to right are Udall award winners for 2021: Jonnie Bray and Frances Ward.

Washington State University students Frances Ward and Jonnie Bray are the newest recipients of prestigious Udall Undergraduate Scholarship awards. Each woman placing among the top 11 percent of national recipients in their respective Udall categories; a total of 416 eligible Udall applications were nominated this year by 187 academic institutions. Ward and Bray will each receive $7,000.

Shown from left to right are Udall award winners for 2021: Jonnie Bray and Frances Ward.PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University students Frances Ward and Jonnie Bray are the newest recipients of prestigious Udall Undergraduate Scholarship awards, each woman placing among the top 11 percent of national recipients in their respective Udall categories.

Ward, who will pursue nursing studies at WSU Spokane Health Sciences campus in fall, is one of nine U.S. recipients out of 35 in the award’s Native American Health Care category. Bray, an international economics and development major, is one of nine recipients out of 38 applicants in the Tribal Public Policy category.

“We are very proud of their achievements and that the Udall Foundation believes in the impact they will have on many lives in the future,” said April Seehafer, director of WSU’s Distinguished Scholarships Program, part of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement (DAESA) in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.

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WSU’s Newest Fulbright Scholar Recipient Headed for Research in Germany

Owen Canterbury, 2021 Fulbright winner.

Washington State University biochemistry major Owen Canterbury has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award to conduct research at Germany’s Heidelberg University, said April Seehafer, director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program. “I am pleased to be selected as a Fulbright recipient and I think it will be a really good experience both academically and personally,” said Canterbury.

Owen Canterbury, 2021 Fulbright winner.PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University biochemistry major Owen Canterbury has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award to conduct research at Germany’s Heidelberg University, said April Seehafer, director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program.

“I am pleased to be selected as a Fulbright recipient and I think it will be a really good experience both academically and personally,” said Canterbury.

Seehafer said, “Owen continues WSU’s long tradition with the Fulbright organization, dating back to our first recipient in 1949. He is our 66th student to receive a Fulbright to continue their education.”

Canterbury will investigate the mechanisms involved in bacterial ribosome-associated protein quality control (RQC) under the mentorship of Heidelberg professor Claudio Joazeiro, an international leader in the study of proteolysis.

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WSU Engineering Senior Named Schwarzman Scholarship Finalist

Maximillian Obasiolu, Schwarzman finalist for the 2020-21 academic year.

Washington State University electrical engineering senior Maximillian Obasiolu has been named a nationally competitive Schwarzman Scholar award finalist, said April Seehafer, director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program. “Maximillian is an exceptional student who identifies his goals and tailors—or creates—opportunities to reach them,” said Seehafer. “He has an entrepreneurial spirit and an awareness of emerging trends that align not only with his personal educational and career plans but also with the Schwarzman Scholar program. We are pleased and proud that Maximillian represented WSU.”

Maximillian Obasiolu, Schwarzman finalist for the 2020-21 academic year.PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University electrical engineering senior Maximillian Obasiolu has been named a nationally competitive Schwarzman Scholar award finalist, said April Seehafer, director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program.

The Schwarzman, first presented to U.S. students in 2016, was created to prepare young leaders to respond to the geopolitical landscape of this century, according to the foundation’s website. Recipients of the award are tapped to pursue a one-year master’s degree in global affairs, taught in English at Tsinghua University in Beijing China where they can focus on public policy, economics and business, or international studies. The Schwarzman is aimed at deepening the understanding of China’s role in global trends.

“Maximillian is an exceptional student who identifies his goals and tailors—or creates—opportunities to reach them,” said Seehafer. “He has an entrepreneurial spirit and an awareness of emerging trends that align not only with his personal educational and career plans but also with the Schwarzman Scholar program. We are pleased and proud that Maximillian represented WSU.”

“I am very honored to be a Schwarzman finalist and the process to become one has reinforced my thoughts about my future,” Obasiolu said.

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WSU Students Land 3 Goldwater Awards to Support STEM Research

Shown from left to right are Goldwater award winners for 2021: India Dykes, Haley Morris, and Gunnar Sly.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation has announced that Washington State University juniors India Dykes, Haley Morris, and Gunnar Sly have each received $7,500 awards for the coming year, said April Seehafer, director of the WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program. “Our three newest Goldwater awardees are outstanding science researchers who are working to advance knowledge in their fields. Receiving a Goldwater Scholarship acknowledges their dedication to pursuing an education and accomplishments in their area of specialization.”

Shown from left to right are Goldwater award winners for 2021: India Dykes, Haley Morris, and Gunnar Sly.PULLMAN, Wash.—The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation has announced that Washington State University juniors India Dykes, Haley Morris, and Gunnar Sly have each received $7,500 awards for the coming year, said April Seehafer, director of the WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program.

Prestigious national Goldwater awards are given to highly qualified undergraduates intending to pursue careers in math, the natural sciences, or engineering.

Dykes, a junior from Spokane, is majoring in bioengineering in the Voiland School of Engineering and Biosciences in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. Her mentors are Arda Gozen, Bernard Van Wie, and Anita Vasavada.

Morris, a junior from Issaquah, is in the WSU Honors College and majoring in biochemistry in the School of Molecular Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Her mentors are Michael Konkel, John Wyrick, and Bill Davis.

Sly, a junior from Spokane Valley, is majoring in chemical engineering in the Voiland School of Engineering and Biosciences in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. His mentors are Min-Kur Song, M. Grant Norton, and Younghwan Cha. Sly is also in the WSU Honors College.

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WSU Senior Patrick Robichaud Finalist for National Truman Scholarship

Truman 2020 finalist Patrick Robichaud.

Future climate scientist, environmentalist, and policy influencer Patrick Robichaud, a civil engineering senior at Washington State University, has been named a finalist for the prestigious, nationally competitive Harry S. Truman Scholarship, the Distinguished Scholarships Program. “Patrick’s many academic and community accomplishments, plus his diverse interests, helped position him well for the Truman award, and led WSU to recommend him highly,” said April Seehafer, program director.

MEDIA CONTACT:  April Seehafer, Director of the WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

Truman 2020 finalist Patrick Robichaud.PULLMAN, Wash.—Future climate scientist, environmentalist, and policy influencer Patrick Robichaud, a civil engineering senior at Washington State University, has been named a finalist for the prestigious, nationally competitive Harry S. Truman Scholarship, the Distinguished Scholarships Program announced.

“Patrick’s many academic and community accomplishments, plus his diverse interests, helped position him well for the Truman award, and led WSU to recommend him highly,” said April Seehafer, program director. It is part of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement in the Provost’s Office. » More …

WSU Senior Headed to Wales on a Fulbright to Study Human Impact on Marine Ecology

Fulbright 2020 recipient Thomas LeClair.

Washington State University senior biology and music double major and future veterinarian Thomas LeClair is the 2020 recipient of a prestigious, nationally competitive Fulbright Student Award that will fund his master’s degree studies in marine biology in Bangor, Wales. “I’m humbled to be able to go to Bangor University on a Fulbright and am excited for the opportunities this will provide and the future doors it can open,” said LeClair.

MEDIA CONTACT:  April Seehafer, Director of the WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

Fulbright 2020 recipient Thomas LeClair standing outside of Bryan Hall on the WSU Pullman campus.PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University senior biology and music double major and future veterinarian Thomas LeClair is the 2020 recipient of a prestigious, nationally competitive Fulbright Student Award that will fund his master’s degree studies in marine biology in Bangor, Wales.

“WSU has a long tradition with the Fulbright organization, dating back to our first recipient in 1949,” said April Seehafer, director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program, part of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement (DAESA). “Thomas is our 65th student to receive a Fulbright to continue their education. His unique academic pursuits and interests are an excellent fit for this Welsh university.”

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WSU Sophomore Wins National Goldwater Scholarship for Junior, Senior Years

Goldwater 2020 winner Sean Thompson is shown using bioinformatics software to analyze data from the lab.

MEDIA CONTACT:  April Seehafer, Director of the WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

Goldwater 2020 winner Sean Thompson is shown using bioinformatics software to analyze data from the lab.
Goldwater 2020 winner Sean Thompson is shown using bioinformatics software to analyze data from the lab.

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University genetics and cell biology major Sean Thompson has been awarded the prestigious national Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship available to those intending to pursue careers in math, the natural sciences, or engineering.

The award will contribute $7,500 toward educational expenses, such as tuition and fees, for both the junior and senior years of the Woodinville, Wash., sophomore. The purpose of the Goldwater awards is to ensure that the U.S. “has the scientific talent it needs to maintain its global competitiveness and security.”

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WSU’s First Marshall Scholar Kristian Gubsch, Climate Scientist, Bound for U.K. Graduate Studies

Kristian Gubsch is one of 46 American students to receive A Marshall Scholarship for 2020, and is the only recipient from Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

MEDIA: April Seehafer, WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program director, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

Kristian Gubsch, WSU’s first Marshall Scholar, kristian.gubsch@wsu.edu

Kristian Gubsch is one of 46 American students to receive A Marshall Scholarship for 2020, and is the only recipient from Washington and the Pacific Northwest.PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University chemical engineering senior Kristian Gubsch is headed in the fall to the United Kingdom’s University of Sheffield as WSU’s first recipient of a Marshall Scholarship for graduate study.

He is one of 46 American students to receive the award nationally for 2020, and is the only recipient from Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

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WSU Senior Jacklyn Brendible Recognized by National Udall Foundation for 2019-20

Closeup of Udall award winner Jacklyn Brendible on a snowy Pullman campus.

MEDIA: April Seehafer, WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program director, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

Closeup of Udall award winner Jacklyn Brendible on a snowy Pullman campus.PULLMAN, WASH.—Washington State University senior Jacklyn Brendible has received a nationally competitive Udall Foundation honorable mention award in its tribal policy category, said April Seehafer, director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program. It is part of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.

“Udall recognition supports Jacklyn’s goal to advance education systems for Native American communities, and her plan to teach in Alaska where her extended family lives,” said Seehafer.

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