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CSTEM Faculty & Staff Awards

2020 President's and CSTEM Dean's Outstanding Graduate Award

The Dean’s Award in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics is given to a graduating student who exemplifies the core values of research, creative activities and commitment to discovery. The student has not only demonstrated academic excellence, but has also shown a strong record of service to the college, the university and the surrounding community.  This year's recipient also received the 2020 President's Outstanding Graduate Award from President Neufeldt.

Lauren Tafla, B.S. in Applied Physics, Lauren has been working in the Astrophysics and Isotope Geochemistry lab of Dr. Gerardo Dominguez and was selected as a 2018 Summer Scholar. She has conducted research at the Lowell Observatory at Northern Arizona University, co-authored two conference abstracts, has a manuscript currently under review, and presented a poster at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Hawaii this past fall. She has also served as the President for the Sustainability Club and the Society of Physics Students.  Lauren was also selected as the CSUSM President's Awardee for the Class of 2020.

Lauren has been accepted into UCLA's Ph.D. program in Earth, Space, and Planetary Science and we are thrilled to watch her journey continue!
 
  • Class of 2019: Jesus Perez, Physics.
  • Class of 2018: Veronica Gandara, Biological Sciences.
  • Class of 2017: Sharon Patray, Biochemistry.
  • Class of 2016: Staff Sergeant German Alberto Mendoza, Biological Sciences.
  • Class of 2015: Josephine Gonzales, Biological Sciences.
  • Class of 2014: Gary Simmons, Physics.  (Also received 2014 President's Award)
  • Class of 2013: Ronald Reiter, Chemistry.

Graduate Dean's Award

The Graduate Dean's Award is given to a student who exemplifies the core values of research, creative activities and commitment to discovery by the Office of Graduate Studies. 

  • Class of 2019:  Carolyn Matthews, M.S. in Biological Sciences.
  • Class of 2018:  Justin Mulvany, M.S. in Mathematics.
  • Class of 2016:  Shelley Dutt, M.S. in Biological Sciences.  

2020 College Recognition Awards

Annually, the College honors the accomplishments and outstanding contributions of the students, faculty and staff of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.

President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Outstanding Lecturer

This award honors an adjunct faculty member in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics for achievement in the area of teaching, with emphasis on the last three years.  Presented to Dr. Christina Simokat, Department of Biological Sciences.

The 2020 CSTEM Outstanding Lecturer Award

Award to Dr. John Hakanson, Department of Biological Sciences.

CSTEM Faculty-Student Collaboration

CSTEM recognizes the outstanding faculty and student scholarly collaborations, exceptional instruction by our adjunct faculty and the academic accomplishments by our students.

The CSTEM Award for Outstanding Faculty-Student Collaboration in Biological Sciences
Presented to Dr. Elinne Becket and Mr. Dennis Zanesco.

The CSTEM Award for Outstanding Faculty-Student Collaboration in Biotechnology
Presented to Dr. Carlos Luna-Lopez and Mr. Emmanuel Solis.

The CSTEM Award for Outstanding Faculty-Student Collaboration in Chemistry & Biochemistry
Presented to Dr. Afra Panahi and Mr. Brandon Bogart.

The CSTEM Award for Outstanding Faculty-Student Collaboration in Computer Science & Information Systems
Presented to Dr. Yuanyuan Jiang and Mr. Juan Moraleja-Garcia.

The CSTEM Award for Outstanding Faculty-Student Collaboration in Mathematics
Presented to Dr. Andre Kundgen and Mr. Chris Higley.

The CSTEM Award for Outstanding Faculty-Student Collaboration in Applied Physics
Presented to Dr. Edward Price and Ms. Trang Tran.

Other Awards

The CSTEM Minerva Award
Awarded to Mr. Andrew Cacciaguida. 

CSTEM Community Engaged Scholar
Award to Mr. Dennis Zanesco, Biological Sciences. 

The MolSoft Award in Computational Science
Awarded to Mr. Brandon Bogart, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.

The Wolfram Award for Achievements in Computational Sciences
Awarded to Ms. Michelle Guevarra, Department of Mathematics.

CSUPERB Presidents' Commission Scholar
The California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) recognizes that research experience is critical to engaging and graduating students interested in biotechnology careers. The focus of this program is to increase the number of undergraduate students who have access to early, full-time research experiences.

Awarded to Ms. Leeluleilani Stockton, Department of Biotechnology.

COAST Undergraduate Research Awards in the Department of Biological Sciences
The CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) is the CSU system-wide affinity group for marine- and coastal-related activities. COAST promotes interdisciplinary, multi-campus collaborations to advance our knowledge of California's natural coastal and marine resources and the processes that affect them.

Ms. Madison Conte, working with Dr. John Eme.
Ms. Gabrielle Diaz, working with Dr. Casey Mueller.
Mr. Keomony Diep, wworking with Dr. Darcy Taniguchi.
Ms. Thi Huynh, working with Dr. Betsy Read.
Ms. Anahita Rahimi, working with Dr. Elinne Becket.
Mr. Dennis Zanesco, working with Dr. Elinne Becket.

COAST Graduate Research Awards in the Department of Biological Sciences

 Ms. Kelsey Woldt, working with Dr. Diego Sustaita.

 Special Recognition

  • CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement:  Mr. Jeff Jaureguy, Department of Biological Sciences.
  • President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity:  Dr. Marshall Whittlesey, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics.
  • President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Service Leadership:  Dr. David Barsky, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics.
  • Military Veteran Student of the Year Academic Scholarships from The San Diego Military Advisory Council Foundation (SDMAC):
    • David Falconer, Computer Information Systems, USMC.
    • Michael Tobin, Computer Information Systems, USMC.
    • Jeff Foertsch, Computer Information Systems, USMC.
    • Jason Burley, Biochemistry, USMC.
  • Wang Family Excellence Award Nominees:  Dr. Denise Garcia, Professor, Biological Sciences, and Dr. Jacqueline Trischman, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry.
  • 2020 College of Science and Mathematics Gonfaloniere:  Dr. Katherine Kantardjieff, founding Dean.