Graduate Studies

Fellows' Achievements

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Congratulations, Graduate Equity Fellowship!

Congratulations to Chico State's Graduate Equity Fellowship Program for being selected as a finalist by Excelencia in Education one of 19 "models of culturally relevant, evidence-based practices with a Latino lens through Examples of Excelencia". Examples of Excelencia is the only national effort to recognize and promote evidence-based practices accelerating Latino student success in higher education.

On September 28, Excelencia will announce four of the 19 finalists selected as the 2023 Examples of Excelencia across four levels: associate, baccalaureate, graduate, and community-based organizations.

steps from bachelor degree to PhD

Graduate Students Awarded the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Program Award

Two Chico State graduate students were selected recipients of the highly esteemed Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar Award for the 2023-2024 academic year:

  • Recamier Jauregui-Ocampo (MA, Psychology)
  • Arely Saldana (MA, Psychology)


Claire-Marie Kooi

Earth and Environmental Sciences Grad Student Driven by Social Issues

Science is just about Claire-Marie Kooi’s favorite topic. Whether mulling over ideas with her father (a retired physicist), as an Earth and environmental sciences graduate student at Chico State, or in discussion with undergraduate students at UC Berkeley, she feels at home, confident, and empowered when researching and exchanging ideas about science.

Initially a math major as an undergrad at UC Berkeley, Kooi switched to Earth and planetary science. To her, the difference was a tangible one.

“I was able to have a community and also see the impact of my work—that’s the thing about the Earth, nothing happens in isolation, everything impacts something else,” she said. “I think the connection to the real world is something I didn’t see in math at the time, and Earth and planetary science is where I saw connections to issues I was really interested in.”



Psychology Science Master's Graduate Kanvarbir Gill Accepted into PhD Program

2022 Psychological Sciences Master's graduate and outgoing Council of Graduate Students president Kanvarbir Gill will pursue doctoral studies at the University of Oklahoma.


Juan Vega

Juan Vega Ramirez, 2022 Outstanding Thesis Award Winner

Juan Vega Ramirez, MA History, was selected winner of the 2022 Outstanding Thesis award for his thesis entitled Proselytizing Modernity: Reexamining the Summer Institute of Linguistics’ Tenure in Mexico, 1934-1979.


Alondra Adame

Alondra Adame, Winner of the 2022 CSU, Chico Outstanding Project Award

Master of Arts in English graduate Alondra Adame was the winner of the 2022 CSU, Chico Outstanding Project Award.


Gustavo Martir Luna

Gustavo Martir Luna Selected as a Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Fellow

Chico State alum Gustavo Martir Luna (MA, Psychology) was selected as the recipient of the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program. The focus of Martir's research is in cognitive psychology and Moral Foundations Theory, particularly the cognitive processes used to process a persuasive political message.


Deja Shevalier

Deja Shevalier Selected as a 2021–2022 Pre-Doctoral Scholar

Deja Shevalier, a graduate student in Psychological Sciences, was selected for a CSU system-wide award from the Chancellor’s Office: the 2020-21 California Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program, also known as the Sally Casanova Scholars Program. Shevalier is one of 76 highly qualified California State University students who were chosen from 210 applications.


Gustavo Martir Luna

Gustavo Martir Luna Honored by Chancellor's Office with Prestigious Pre-Doctoral Award


Corey Tondreau

Corey Tondreau Earns 2019 CSU Trustees' Award

Master's in Psychology graduate student Corey Tondreau has been selected as a 2019 California State University Trustees' Award William Randolph Hearst Scholar. Click here to read more about Tondreau's personal story of obstacles, perseverance, and success.