Graduate Studies

Pre-Doctoral Scholar Jannah Fusenig

A smiling Jannah Fusenig

CSU, Chico student Jannah Fusenig was selected as a 2017-18 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship recipient. The Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program is a highly competitive and selective program that supports the doctoral aspirations of promising CSU students. Fusenig was awarded $3,000 to be used for visiting PhD granting universities, to attend professional conferences and meetings, and to pay for other preparatory materials or activities. As a Pre-Doctoral Scholar Fusenig also has an opportunity to participate in an 8-week summer research experience at any doctoral granting institution in the United States, with particular emphasis on the UCs.

Fusenig, who transferred to CSU, Chico from Sierra College in 2016 to pursue a degree in psychology, credits her work as research assistant to faculty mentor Professor Neil Schwartz, who helped her to solidify her goals of conducting original research and becoming a professor. Professor Schwartz, Department of Psychology, is a past recipient of the CSU, Chico Outstanding Research Mentor award and twice recipient of the CSUC Professional Achievement Honor. Schwartz conducts research with graduate students from the U.S. as well as IGRE, an international consortium of research laboratories. He works closely with his students in what he has called a “research apprentice model” affording them opportunities for guidance and active participation in research, co-authorship of published papers, and joint conference presentations. He has assisted over 25 of his graduate students to go on to prestigious doctoral programs.

Fusenig plans to apply to UCLA, UC Berkeley, and other PhD programs in fall 2017 and will graduate from CSU, Chico in Spring 2018. Currently admitted to the CSUC Psychology Honors Program, her plan is to enhance her competitive edge by conducting research in cognitive psychology. Fusenig also organized and established the Prospective Graduate Student Association, PGSA, to help other students learn how to network and prepare for earning a graduate degree. The Office of Graduate Studies supports the student club, and Interim Dean of Graduate Studies Sharon Barrios sponsors the association. Fusenig reports that Dean Barrios inspired her to further expand her goals, and she has now set her sights on becoming dean or president of a university.

Fusenig looks forward to future dissertation research in the areas of pedagogy, learning, and memory. “I believe researching and studying this area will prepare me for implementing new programs that will help future students learn more and become more successful in their academics,” Fusenig said. “My goal,” she said, “is to help students learn efficiently and prepare them for success in either earning a graduate degree or in their future career.”

Fusenig counts herself fortunate to attend Chico State where she receives world-class mentoring from Professor Schwartz and individualized support from Dean Barrios. As a Pre-Doctoral Scholar, she is on her way to reaching her goals and embodying the same influential tradition for future graduate students.

A smiling Neil Schwartz