Graduate Studies

Vivian Hernandez Selected 2021-22 Pre-Doctoral Scholar

Hernandez, seated and smiling.

Vivian Hernandez, first-generation undergraduate student in History and Latin American Studies with Minors in Spanish and Global Development Studies, 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. Beyond the rigorous selection standards, it is also quite a rare accomplishment for an undergraduate student to be named a Sally Casanova scholar.

Supported by Faculty Mentor, Dr. Steve Lewis, Hernandez was awarded $3,000 funding in support of doctoral program seeking activities including: visiting doctoral granting institutions, attending symposia and professional meetings, and the purchasing of research supplies, professional memberships, and subscriptions to academic journals. In addition, her status as a Sally Casanova Scholar provides an opportunity to participate in the summer 2022 research experience at a University of California campus or another doctoral-granting institution.

The focus of Hernandez’ current research is on the history of Mexican women in the 20th century. With her research project, “Women's Fertility and Social Transformation in Modern Mexico,” Hernandez was recently a finalist in the 35th Annual Student Research Competition, and was one of 10 delegates selected to represent Chico State at the prestigious CSU Statewide Research Competition.

Hernandez was also one of eleven students awarded the Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship. See Chico State Today for a profile of Hernandez detailing attributes and accomplishments.