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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement Distinguished Scholarships Program

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 Senior Vanessa Giramata Recognized as First Schwarzman Distinguished Scholarship Finalist

Schwarzman finalist Vanessa Giramata

Media: April Seehafer, Distinguished Scholarships Program director, Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash.-Washington State University economic sciences and French major Vanessa Giramata, from Rwanda, is the university’s first finalist for the nationally competitive Schwarzman Scholar award, said April Seehafer, director of WSU’s Distinguished Scholarships Program.

Schwarzman finalist Vanessa Giramata

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 its 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. Scholars 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.

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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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Goldwater awards go to STEM students Goto, Gubsch, and Klappenbach

June 17, 2019

Media: April Seehafer, Distinguished Scholarships director, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash.—Two engineering and one science student at Washington State University have received prestigious, nationally competitive awards from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

The students are seniors Courtney Klappenbach, a genetics and cellular biology and microbiology double major, and Kristian Gubsch, a chemical engineering major; and, junior Daniel Goto, the only student at WSU with a double major in electrical engineering and materials science engineering.

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Fulbright Summer Institute to the U.K. Award Takes WSU Sophomore Ava Beck to Wales

Ava Beck, recipient of a 2019 Fulbright Summer Institute to the U.K. award.

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

Ava Beck, recipient of a 2019 Fulbright Summer Institute to the U.K. award.PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University linguistics major and Spokane native Ava Beck will study at Aberystwyth University in Wales for three weeks this summer, thanks to a Fulbright U.K. Summer Institute award.

Beck is one of around 60 U.S. students selected to undertake short academic and cultural programs at any of nine hosting institutions throughout the United Kingdom. At Aberystwyth, on the country’s western coast, Beck will join fellow Americans exploring contemporary issues in identity and nationhood “through the lens of Wales”. She will attend classes in the university’s Dept. of International Politics, explore the city, visit the National Library of Wales, and learn a bit of the Welsh language.

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