Seven California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) students are participating in research internships throughout the world this summer as Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars.
Nanci Buiza is conducting research at Ohio State University in Nicaragua on the mass murdering of women (feminicidio) in Central America that follows the establishment of maquila industries and the underground traffic of sex and drugs.
Jacqueline Chavez is at California Institute of Technology collecting samples of Sierra Blanca limestone and analyzing it in an effort to learn more about previous global climate changes.
Stephanie Crahen is working on research in contemporary political theory on Adorno and feminist performance art at Cornell University’s School of Criticism and Theory. She has expanded her research to include the thematics of the body in pain.
Ricardo Lopez is studying Spanish writers living in exile in Mexico following the Spanish Civil War at the University of Texas, Austin.
Christopher Nellum is looking into what South African institutions have done to increase student access, retention and success at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Diana Porras is working at NYU's Metropolitan Center for Urban Education (Metro Center) on three projects – the Black and Latino Male School Intervention Study (BLMSIS), the Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (TACD), and the evaluation of New York State's 21st Century After School Program.
Veronica Sanchez is examining the effect of pregnant mothers' health and stress levels on the health of their children at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The students are among 12 from CSULB who were named Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars last summer based on their outstanding academic achievements. The program is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. Students received a $3,000 stipend to help pay for graduate school applications and visits, attendance at professional conferences, or other activities to help each of them become strong candidates for doctoral programs. In addition, the scholars participating in summer internships received funding for housing, food, transportation and other expenses.
The program has provided each of them with opportunities to work with people they may not have been able to learn from otherwise.
“The visiting scholars who I am working with are from all over the world and the professors that we are learning from are leading scholars in my field such as JM Bernstein, Judith Butler and Homi K. Bhabha,” Crahen said. “At Cornell, I am in theory heaven. Learning from my professors at CSULB such as Dr. Mary Caputi, Dr. Ron Schmidt, Dr. Cora Goldstein, Dr. Richard Haesly and Dr. Ed Kaskla has especially prepared me for this competitive atmosphere that demands scholarly creativity.”
As part of the application process, applicants must work closely with a CSU faculty sponsor to develop an overall plan leading ultimately to enrollment in a doctoral program. The plan is tailored to the applicant's specific goals and educational objectives. Applications for the 2009-2010 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar program will be available December 1, 2008. For more information, visit the Graduate Studies Web site.