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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement Distinguished Scholarships Program

Distinguished Scholars Gathering 2014

This networking event provided an opportunity for student attendees to find out how prestigious awards are earned. Previous winners of distinguished awards, which included Abdoul Amar, Mayumi Clark, Jalisa Harris, Janita Harris, Kajsa Hendrickson, Svetlana Lockwood, Nicholas Negretti, Justin Niedemeyer, Alyssa Norris, Phil Pitts, Grace Reed, Joey Redmon, and Julian Reyes, met with attendees to answer questions about their experiences in pursuing distinguished scholarships and how they prepared themselves to be competitive. » More …

Celebrate Distinguished Scholars 2014

Our inaugural Celebrate Distinguished Scholars event was a ceremony to dedicate the WSU Distinguished Scholars Gallery, which was created to honor recent and past WSU recipients of prestigious, nationally competitive scholarships. WSU Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Mary F. Wack gave welcoming remarks. WSU Provost and Executive Vice President Daniel J. Bernardo formally recognized the WSU Distinguished Scholars who were in attendance and presented each with a special commemorative pin. » More …

WSU Pullman Alumna and WSU Vancouver Graduate Student Receive Fulbrights to Study in France and Switzerland

MEDIA: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of Distinguished Scholarship Programs, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice Provost, 509-335-7767, sanchez@wsu.edu

Beverly Makhani, Director of Communications, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679, makhani@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash. — Prestigious awards from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program will fund graduate study in Europe for an alumna and a current graduate student from Washington State University.

Samantha Sanders (2011 Mechanical Engineering) currently works at the Puget Sound Naval Yard in Bremerton, Wash. She graduated cum laude and with honors in Pullman with a minor in materials science and engineering; she did study abroad in Limerick, Ireland.

With her Fulbright, she plans to spend a year completing a materials science master’s degree at the ENS Cachan near Paris, France.

Eric Dexter, who will complete his M.S. degree in environmental studies at WSU Vancouver in June, will spend his Fulbright year in Lausanne, Switzerland. He plans to investigate the role of environmental heterogeneity in shaping the genetic structure of populations. He hopes this will relate to conservation in the understanding of the spread of invasive species.

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WSU Global Campus Senior Receives National Boren Award to Study Mandarin Language in Taiwan

MEDIA: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of Distinguished Scholarship Programs, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice Provost, 509-335-7767, sanchez@wsu.edu

Beverly Makhani, Director of Communications, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679, makhani@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash. — Thomas G. Taylor, a senior in the Washington State University Global Campus, has received a prestigious national Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) to study the Mandarin language in Taiwan during the 2014-15 academic year.

Taylor is WSU’s thirteenth Boren Scholar since 2001; the designation is for awardees who are undergraduates. WSU has also had two graduate student Boren Fellows since 2000.

Taylor is pursing a social sciences degree from the Global Campus, with concentrations in political science, sociology, and history. In 2013, he received a Critical Language Award to study Mandarin in Xi’an, China.

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WSU Freshman, Sophomores Land First Fulbright U.K. Summer Institute Awards

MEDIA: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of Distinguished Scholarship Programs, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice Provost, 509-335-7767, sanchez@wsu.edu

Beverly Makhani, Director of Communications, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679, makhani@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash. — Three Washington State University undergraduates are headed to England and Scotland this summer as WSU’s first recipients of Fulbright UK Summer Institute awards.

All will spend four or five weeks participating in thematic academic and cultural programs at highly regarded universities. The programs are intended to allow them to experience the UK; help them develop their presentation, research, and communication skills; and perform some local community service. They cover the majority of participant costs, including round-trip airfare, tuition and fees, accommodations, and meals.

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WSU Alumna to Interview as Marshall Scholarship Finalist Nov. 13 in San Francisco

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

Beverly Makhani, Director of Communications, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education
509-335-6679, makhani@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University alumna Roxanne Reese has made it to the final round of the Marshall Scholarship selection process, and will travel Nov. 13 for a personal interview at the British Consulate-General in San Francisco. She is a Seattle native and current resident.

“The entire WSU community is very pleased that Roxanne is but one step away from becoming the first WSU graduate to receive a Marshall Scholarship,” says Mary F. Wack, WSU vice provost for undergraduate education. “She is an accomplished scholar with well-defined career goals, and she will be an excellent representative of our university and nation.”

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Three WSU Students Recognized With Prestigious Gilman Scholarships

MEDIA CONTACT: Beverly Makhani, Director of Communications, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679, makhani@wsu.edu

SOURCE: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of Distinguished Scholarships Program, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash. — It’s time for three students at Washington State University to pack their bags. They recently received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in the upcoming academic year.

The recipients, Galen Green, Jackie Hill, and Maria Peden, are among approximately 800 undergraduates awarded the distinguished national scholarship for fall. Each year, about 20 percent of applicants receive funding for their travels.

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WSU Scholars Get National Boren Scholarship, Alternate Designation for 2013-14

CONTACT: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

MEDIA: Beverly Makhani, Director of Communications, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679, Makhani@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash.— Chinese major John Stark is Washington State University’s newest Boren Scholar to receive federal funding to study a foreign language abroad, and chemical engineering student Monica Bomber has been named a Boren alternate.

With his Boren funding, Stark, a senior, will further his mastery of Mandarin to fulfill his passion for language and prepare him “to be valuable to the U.S. in areas of defense and diplomacy.” Bomber, a sophomore, would use Boren support to study Swahili in class and throughout an internship, intent on learning to design cost-effective water purification plants in East Africa. Both are members of the Honors College at WSU.

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WSU Student Scientists Brewer, Grandi, and Negretti Win National Goldwater Awards

CONTACT: Mary Sanchez Lanier, WSU Assistant Vice Provost, 509-335-7767, sanchez@wsu.edu

MEDIA: Beverly Makhani, Director of Communications, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679, makhani@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University undergraduates Sarah Brewer, Fiorella Grandi, and Nick Negretti (pictured in that order below) are scientists who want to make the world a better place. To help with their education, they have received national awards from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

2013 Goldwater Awardees Brewer, Grandi, and Negretti

“All three WSU students were outstanding candidates for the Goldwater this year, and the fact that they won these scholarships is a strong testament to both their excellence and the excellence of the WSU programs of which they are a part,” said Mary Sanchez Lanier, WSU Goldwater faculty representative. She leads the team that reviews student applications and recommends up to four to be nominated each year by WSU to the Goldwater foundation. Assistant vice provost, associate dean of the University College and clinical associate professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB), she also serves on the panel that reviews Goldwater scholar applications nationally.

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Two WSU Undergraduates Land Prestigious 2012 Boren Awards to Study Abroad in China

MEDIA: Beverly Makhani, Director of Communications, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679, makhani@wsu.edu

SOURCE: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of Distinguished Scholarship Advising, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash. – Two Washington State University undergraduates have been selected to receive the prestigious Boren Award for International Study. Only 161 applicants from a pool of 1,014 received the national scholarship, which provides $20,000 for one year.

Recipients of the award are Philip Pitts, a sophomore computer science and Chinese language and culture major and member of the Honors College at WSU, and Erika Cunningham, a senior mathematics and Chinese language and culture major. They plan to use their awards to study in China and gain mastery of Mandarin Chinese.

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