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Advisory Board And Committees

Distinguished Scholarships Advisory Board

Avisory board committee members.

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The Advisory Board will support the mission of the Distinguished Scholarships Program.

  1. The Advisory Board provides a sounding board for programmatic and institutional goals as they relate to the Distinguished Scholarships Program.
  2. The Advisory Board is made up of individuals with diverse roles in the university community. Each member brings a unique perspective to the role of the Distinguished Scholarships Program at WSU.
  3. Many on the board have supported DSP on committees and at events. This means the Advisory Board can provide both “boots on the ground” feedback as well as a vision.

Meetings: The Distinguished Scholarships Advisory Board will meet once per semester.

Advisory Board Members

Todd Butler. Todd Butler Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences Associate Professor, Dept. of English
Cornell Clayton. Cornell Clayton Faculty Representative, The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Director, Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service Distinguished Professor of Government, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs
Lisa Gloss. Lisa Gloss Dean, Graduate School; Associate Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences
Larry W. (Chip) Hunter. Larry W. (Chip) Hunter Dean, Carson College of Business
M. Grant Norton. M. Grant Norton Dean, Honors College; Professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Advisory board member Paul Pitre, Chancellor for Washington State University’s Everett campus. Paul E. Pitre Chancellor, Washington State University Everett
Mary Sánchez Lanier. Mary Sánchez Lanier Faculty Representative, Goldwater and Udall Scholarships; Assistant Vice Provost, Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement; Professor (scholarly track), School of Molecular Biosciences
Richard S. Zack, Jr. Richard S. Zack, Jr. Associate Dean, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) Professor, Dept. of Entomology

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Distinguished Scholarships Selection Committee

Members of the Distinguished Scholarships Selection Committee.

Candidates applying for distinguished scholarships that require university nomination or endorsement, such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Truman and others, must first submit their application to the Distinguished Scholarships Selection Committee. The committee will determine which applications will be selected by WSU for endorsement. When appropriate, students will receive feedback on their applications from the committee.

Selection Committee Members

M. Grant Norton. Chair M. Grant Norton Dean, Honors College; Professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Robin Bond. Robin Bond Assistant Dean and Clinical Professor, Honors College
Lydia Gerber. Lydia Gerber Director of MESI program, Honors College; Clinical Associate Professor, Dept. of History
William Kabasenche. William Kabasenche Clinical Associate Professor, Dept. of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs
Tahira Probst. Tahira Probst Professor, Psychology (WSU Vancouver)

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Fulbright Campus Review Committee

Collage of portraits showing the members in the 2021 2021 Fulbright Campus Review Committee.
Ryan Booth, member of the 2021 Fulbright Campus Review Committee.

Ryan Booth
Graduate Student, Dept. of History

Ryan Booth is a doctoral candidate in history at WSU Vancouver and a History 105 instructor this fall. Ryan spent most of the 2019-2020 academic year in India thanks to the support of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Kay Brothers, member of the 2021 Fulbright Campus Review Committee.

Kay Brothers
Coordinator, Integrated Program in Medical Sciences (iPMS);
Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine (Retired)

Prior to her retirement from Washington State University, Dr. Kay Brothers served as an academic advisor, directed the Office of Scholarship Services, and coordinated medical and dental school application materials along with interview preparation sessions for pre-professional students. She also worked with professional students and faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor for the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Brothers is in her sixth year as a volunteer for the Fulbright Campus Review Committee.

Kimberly Carper, member of the 2021 Fulbright Campus Review Committee.

Kimberly Carper
HR Consultant, KC HR Consulting, LLC

Kimberly Carper was a Fulbright teaching assistant in 1991-1992 in the Herault region of France. She was placed in two schools along the Mediterranean, teaching middle schoolers English and American culture. After having spent much of her career in strategic HR positions with Hyatt Hotels, Washington Mutual (now Chase Bank), and Expedia, she now serves as a human resources consultant to small firms that cannot afford a full-time HR employee. She hires the police and fire departments for the City of Pullman and works with individuals on résumés, cover letters, interviewing skills, and other job search techniques. In addition, Ms. Carper has taught in the Carson College of Business and is a frequent guest speaker for the WSU Alumni Association.

Larry Clark, member of the 2021 Fulbright Campus Review Committee.

Larry Clark
Editor, Washington State Magazine & Content Development

Larry Clark is the editor of the award-winning Washington State Magazine, the alumni, research and general interest magazine for Washington State University. He has additional experience working in public relations, political communication and policy analysis.

Bill Davis, member of the 2021 Fulbright Campus Review Committee.

Bill Davis
Interim Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President
Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. William “Bill” Davis is the Interim Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement and an Associate Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences. This is Dr. Davis’ third year serving on the WSU Fulbright Campus Review Committee, in addition, he has participated in multiple sessions designed to help WSU applicants become more competitive as they consider nationally competitive awards.

Michael Kahn, member of the 2021 Fulbright Campus Review Committee.

Michael Kahn
Professor, Institute of Biological Chemistry

Dr. Michael Kahn is a Professor in the Institute of Biological Chemistry at WSU. He has multiple years of experience serving as a reviewer for national awards, including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This is his third year joining the WSU Fulbright Campus Review Committee.

Nick Lovrich, member of the 2021 Fulbright Campus Review Committee.

Nick Lovrich
Senior Research Affiliate, Division of Governmental Studies and Services
Emeritus Regents Professor, School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs

Dr. Nicholas Lovrich is the Regents Professor Emeritus and Claudius O. and Mary W. Johnson Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University. Dr. Lovrich served as the director of the Division of Governmental Studies and Services for more than three decades. In recent years, he has assisted with multiple interview preparation sessions for WSU distinguished scholar applicants.

Keri McCarthy, member of the 2021 Fulbright Campus Review Committee.

Keri McCarthy
Professor of Music, Oboe, and Music History; School of Music

Dr. Keri McCarthy is Professor of Oboe and Music History at Washington State University, and has cultivated an international reputation as a chamber musician, soloist, teacher, and clinician. In 2011, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Bangkok, Thailand, researching connections between Thai traditional and contemporary music, commissioning Thai and Malaysian composers, and performing new works with professional oboists in the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore. A tireless advocate for Fulbright programs, Dr. McCarthy serves on the WSU Fulbright Academy, the Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho Fulbright Association Chapter and has participated as a Fulbright Campus Review Committee member for several years.

Kevin Murphy, member of the 2021 Fulbright Campus Review Committee.

Kevin Murphy
Associate Professor, Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences

Dr. Kevin Murphy is an Associate Professor in the College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences. Dr. Murphy leads the specialty crop breeding and agronomy program at WSU. He was named a Fulbright Specialists Fellow in 2013 and 2017 and was recognized with Fulbright Global Scholar awards to Ecuador in 2019 and to Malawi in 2021. His team focuses on breeding and/or cropping systems in quinoa, barley, and millets. This is Dr. Murphy’s first year serving on the Fulbright Campus Review Committee and we are grateful he is lending his extensive experience with Fulbright programs to our applicants.

Io Palmer, member of the 2021 Fulbright Campus Review Committee.

Io Palmer
Associate Professor: Ceramics Coordinator, Foundations Coordinator; Dept. of Fine Arts

Io Palmer holds a Master of Fine Arts and is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at WSU. In 2018 she was awarded the inaugural Berry Family Distinguished Professorship in Liberal Arts and, in 2019 she spent six months in India as a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award recipient. In addition to conducting research for her Fulbright, she served as a resident artist at the Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi.

Anne Pollard, member of the 2021 Fulbright Campus Review Committee.

Anne Pollard
Major Grant Developer, CAHNRS Office of Research

Dr. Anne Pollard serves as the Grant Writer & Proposal Development Specialist for the College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of New Mexico, her M.S. in Soil and Land Resources at the University of Idaho, and her Ph.D. in Soil Science at Washington State University. Before arriving at CAHNRS, Anne was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad de Cuenca in Cuenca, Ecuador where she studied beneficial microbes associated with potatoes, tree tomato, and epiphytic orchids.

Thomas Preston, member of the 2021 Fulbright Campus Review Committee.

Thomas Preston
Professor, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

Dr. Thomas Preston is a C. O. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Washington State University. He received his M.A. at the University of Essex (United Kingdom) and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH). A specialist in security policy, foreign affairs, and political psychology, Professor Preston teaches undergraduate courses on international relations, American foreign policy, U.S. national security policy, and intelligence analysis. At the graduate level, he offers seminars on international security and the psychology of leadership and decision-making. He has received two Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards from the U.S. State Department to New Zealand in 2010 and to Romania in 2020.

Rachel Sanchez, member of the 2021 Fulbright Campus Review Committee.

Rachel Sanchez
Associate Professor, Career Track; Dept. of English

Rachel Sanchez serves as an Associate Professor, Career Track with the WSU Department of English. Ms. Sanchez has taught both composition and technical and professional writing courses. She has worked as a specialist at the Writing Program and has served as a member of the Fulbright Review Committee for five years.

Raymond Sun, member of the 2021 Fulbright Campus Review Committee.

Raymond Sun
Associate Professor of History

Dr. Raymond Sun, Associate Professor of History, has a long history of supporting campus-wide Fulbright efforts and the Distinguished Scholarships Program. A Fulbright recipient himself, Dr. Sun serves as the current President of the Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho Fulbright Association Chapter. This is his fourth year serving on the Fulbright Campus Review Committee.

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Goldwater Scholarship Selection Committee

Goldwater selection committee members.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for educational expenses to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. The Goldwater Foundation seeks students who display intellectual curiosity and intensity and possess potential for significant future contributions in their chosen field. Accordingly, the Barry Goldwater scholarship committee will nominate up to four students who possess and clearly demonstrate the characteristics of a Goldwater Scholar. The committee provides feedback to the nominated students, as appropriate.

Committee Membership

Mary Sánchez Lanier. Chair Mary Sánchez Lanier Faculty Representative, Goldwater and Udall Scholarships; Assistant Vice Provost, Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement; Professor (scholarly track), School of Molecular Biosciences
Rita Fuchs-Lokensgard. Rita Fuchs-Lokensgard Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ADA) Research Program; Professor, Dept. of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience
Lisa Gloss. Lisa Gloss Dean, Graduate School;  Associate Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences
Kathleen (Kate) McAteer. Kathleen (Kate) McAteer Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs (WSU Tri-Cities); Associate Professor (scholarly track), Biological Sciences
Steven Roberts. Steven Roberts
Associate Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences
John Schneider. John Schneider Associate Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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Udall Undergraduate Scholarship Selection Committee

Udall selection committee members.

The Udall Undergraduate Scholarship provides up $5,000 merit-based scholarships to sophomore- and junior-level students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. The scholarship targets these areas to honor the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on American Indian self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources. The Udall Foundation selects students on the basis of leadership, public service, consensus building, integrity, academic achievement, and an understanding of the Udall legacy. Accordingly, the WSU Udall Scholarship Selection committee will nominate up to eight students who possess and clearly demonstrate the characteristics of a Udall Scholar. The committee also provides feedback on the applications of nominated students, as appropriate.

Committee Membership

Mary Sánchez Lanier. Chair Mary Sánchez Lanier Faculty Representative, Goldwater and Udall Scholarships; Assistant Vice Provost, Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement; Professor (scholarly track), School of Molecular Biosciences
J. Manuel Acevedo. J. Manuel Acevedo Director, Mentoring Programs and Assessment, Division of Student Affairs
Kay Brothers. Kay Brothers Coordinator, Integrated Program in Medical Sciences (iPMS); Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine (Retired) 
   
Stephanie Hampton. Stephanie HamptonDivision Director, NSF Division of Environmental Biology; Professor, School of the Environment
Julie Padowski. Julie Padowski Clinical Assistant Professor, Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach; and the Water Research Center

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