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Awards and Accomplishments

Kerri Mowen Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award - 2023

Alex Huynh Kerri Mowen Award

Congratulations to Psychology Faculty Member, Dr. Alex Huynh who has received the Kerri Mowen Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award for 2023! 

The Kerri Mowen Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Faculty Mentor Award honors individuals who, during their time at California State University San Marcos, have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in increasing the participation of undergraduate students in research and creative activities above and beyond the classroom.The award recognizes faculty (including lecturers) who have mentored and guided a considerable number of students in research or creative activities, and/or faculty who have impacted the environment of the department, college, or university to significantly increase the number and diversity of students engaged in research and creative activities.

Dean's Award - Dean of Students 2023

Iliana Ramirez Deans Award Dean of Students 2023

Congratulations to Psychological Sciences Major, Ilianna Ramirez who is the recipient for the Dean of Students Outstanding Graduate Award.

Ramirez has made lasting contributions to student life at CSUSM through her many involvements, including the ASI Board of Directors, President of the American Indian Student Alliance, Arts & Lectures and her work with the Anti-Racism, Anti-Colonialism, Social Justice Committee. 

Ramirez took her experience one step further through an internship student teaching at her community college where she is creating a pathway for others and laying the foundation for her future career as a college professor. 

Ramirez has strived to help create a sense of belonging at CSUSM. She utilizes her ability to empathize with others who have experiences different from hers to create connections not only within the American Indian Student Alliance but also with other student life areas. 

Superior Achievement and Excellence in Poster Presentation

karissa wcbscrur poster 2023

Psychological Science major, Karissa Tran, was awarded for Superior Achievement and Excellence in Poster Presentation at the West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference on 4/22/23. Her study was titled "Age of First Cannabis Use and Cannabis Misuse Linked for Men and Women and Explained by Depressive Symptoms among U.S. Young Adults" and was mentored by Dr. Kim Pulvers.

Dean's Award - Graduate Studies 2023

Figueroa Graduate Deans Award 2023

Congratulations to Jennifer Figueroa, MA Psychological Sciences, who is our Graduate Dean's Award 2022-2023 Recipient. Thesis: Do Relationship Beliefs Matter? The Role of Implicit Theries of Relationships on Conflict Resolution Styles in Emerging Adults' Romantic Relationships 

Jennifer Figueroa Deans Award Graduate Studies 2023

A first-generation Ecuadorian American college student from a low-income background, Figueroa has demonstrated outstanding achievements throughout her time at CSUSM. She has achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.82, successfully defended her master’s thesis and trained new members of her research team.  

During her time in the master’s program Figueroa has amassed several research achievements, including one first-author publication, three first-author conference presentations, and four co-author conference presentations. 

Nominating professor Haylee DeLuca Bishop noted that Figueroa’s achievements are outstanding for someone so early in their career and they reflect her initiative and intellectual curiosity.  

Christina Maslach-Philip Zimbardo Research Award


Devanshi Upadhyaya and Rosalva Romero Gonzalez received the Christina Maslach-Philip Zimbardo Research Awards in Social Psychology for their poster, College-generational status and wisdom: What factors matter, at the 2022 Western Psychological Association (WPA) Conference. Their faculty mentor was Dr. Alex Huynh.

2022 CSUSM President's Outstanding Graduate

Krystal Alvarez-Hernandez receiving the 2022 CSUSM President's Outstanding GraduateCongratulations to Krystal Alvarez-Hernandez for being selected the 2022 CSUSM President's Outstanding Graduate! Krystal also won first place at the 2022 CSUSM Statewide Research Competition for her presentation "Exposure to Childhood Abuse on Symptoms of Depression Across the Perinatal Period in Mexican/Mexican American Women."  Krystal was mentored by former Psychology faculty member, Dr. Kimberly D'Anna-Hernandez.





2022 CHABSS Champion for Inclusive Excellence


Gabriel Castellanos is a Child & Adolescent Development major with a Communication minor. He's graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Psi Chi


Psi Chi co-advisor, Dr. Janice Phung, with the Psi Chi inductees of 2021-2022. Congratulations to the new members of the CSUSM chapter of Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology. We are so proud of you!