2012 - 2013
Graduate Dean's Award

Mr. Fernando Sánchez earned his Masters of Arts in Literature and Writing Studies in Fall 2012. He was nominated by his faculty and selected by the Dean of Graduate Studies to receive the 2012-13 Graduate Dean’s Award.   Mr. Sanchez was then awarded the highest honor a CSUSM student can receive – the President’s Outstanding Graduate Award for 2013.

During his graduate career at CSUSM, Fernando served as a volunteer tutor in the Step Up Youth Mentoring program where he assisted many diverse low-income elementary and middle school students with academics, life skills, and team building.  He also volunteered as a teaching assistant in AP English at High Tech High.  As a graduate teaching associate, Fernando taught lectures in literary theory and its practical use and application.  These experiences helped Fernando to mature and shape his pedagogical approach and understand the powerful role of the university in the community. 

In the classroom, Fernando is able to articulate the purpose of theory and it place in the community.  These experiences also led to his development of creative and remarkable thesis research: Symbols and Voices Along the Tijuana-San Diego Border. According to Fernando’s thesis adviser, Dr. Kenneth Mendoza, Fernando’s research is “reshaping the dialogue on Border Studies and contributing to the field of Cultural Studies.”

In 2011, he received his B.A. in Literature and Writing Studies from CSUSM, and was a recipient of the prestigious California Pre-Doctoral Scholarship for 2012-13. Fernando demonstrated clear evidence of outstanding achievement across Graduate Dean’s Award criteria achieving a 3.86 GPA in his graduate program of study.

This fall, Fernando will be a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Romance Languages and Literatures department studying under the guidance of Professor Sergio Delgado, with plans to pursue his PhD in Fall 2014.