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Graduate Dean's Awards

2018-2019 Recipient

Carolyn Matthews, M.S. Biological Sciences

Carolyn Matthews

Carolyn graduated with her degree in Biological Sciences from Southern Illinois University more than 30 years ago. She then worked as a Clinical Lab Scientist, before making the decision to put her career on hold and focus on her family. Her husband traveled extensively in his work for the U.S. Navy. As her children grew, she took post baccalaureate courses through extension at CSUSM starting in 1994, obtained a teaching credential from CSUSM in 1998, and worked as a substitute teacher while focusing on her children. Fast forward 20 years—her two sons grown and in college—Carolyn returned to pursue her passion for science and biology, and enrolled in the masters program at CSUSM in Biological Sciences.

She is described by her nominating professor, Dr. Julie Jameson, as “One of those individuals who goes above and beyond….She is an excellent communicator and her passion for teaching is unmistakable.” Dr. Jameson goes on to comment that “As a woman from an underrepresented minority group in the sciences, Carolyn serves as an outstanding role model providing a vision to students about [what] they can achieve with dedication and hard work.” It is clear that Carolyn is a scholar in the truest sense of the word.
After completing her MS this Spring, Carolyn plans to pursue a career teaching at the community college. As another nominating faculty, Dr. Betsy Read commented, this is “where she feels she can make the biggest difference in the lives of young people. She is a keen advocate for the enrollment of underrepresented groups in clinical trials being acutely aware of the pivotal role that age, sex, race, ethnicity, genetic factors and comorbid condition play in biomedical studies.”

About the Graduate Dean's Award

This award acknowledges the importance of the master’s degree at California State University San Marcos by recognizing the accomplishments of an outstanding master’s degree recipient.  Graduate study involves both greater independence and closer intellectual interaction with faculty mentors as the student develops focused knowledge and expertise in a subject area. The recipient of this award will have demonstrated mastery in advanced coursework as well as engagement in independent study and research, scholarship, or creative activity.

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