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Accomplishments of CSULB Beckman Scholars

2006-2009 Program

   * Chemistry major Devin Doud (GPA 3.97) is the outstanding recipient of the 2008 Beckman Scholar award.  Devin already has three publications from his work in the laboratory of Dr. Steve Mezyk and was selected for Phi Beta Kappa.  In the fall Devin will enter a Ph.D. program in chemistry.

     * Katy Swancutt (GPA 3.60) is completing her work on a BS in Biology while working in Dr. Steve Mezyk's laboratory.  She has three publications and is about to submit a fourth.  She has made nine conference presentations including three oral presentations at American Chemical Society meetings and will enter either veterinary school or a combined PhD/DVM program in the fall.

     * Lisa Vrooman (GPA 3.43) presented her work at the meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction and is working on a manuscript describing her research.  She is now in the graduate program in reproductive biology at Washington State University.

    * Meena Haghmoradkhan (GPA 3.73) presented her work at the National Plant Biology conference as well as several regional meetings, and has a manuscript in preparation.   She will attend USC Medical School in the fall.

    * Cassandra Cox (GPA 3.68)has three publications with two more in preparation, in addition to eight conference presentations.  She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at MIT.

 2003-2006 Program

    * Chaitali Sheth (3.84 GPA) presented her work at American Chemical Society meetings and is a co-author of two manuscriptsShe is now attending optometry school.

    * Cassandra Kleve (4.0 GPA) is a President’s and HHMI Scholar and was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. She presented her work at a Developmental Biology meeting and is first author of a publication.

   * Michael Sundberg, a President’s Scholar (4.0 GPA), placed 2nd in the CSULB Research Competition and is first author of a publication. After CSULB he attended Stanford University School of Medicine.

    *  Christopher Bowman (GPA 3.98) presented his work at a meeting of the International Consortium on  Superoxide Dismutase and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and is coauthor of a 2009 publication.  He is iin his second year of the MD-PHD program at New York University. 

    * Phong Dinh (GPA 3.60) is coauthor of a 2009 paper and is employed as a chemist with the Metropolitan Water District and is in an MS program in environmental science, paid for by his employer.are current Beckman Scholars in their junior year as biochemistry majors. Both plan to pursue Ph.D. degrees in biochemistry.

1999-2001 Program

    * Lauren Ihde: graduated Summa Cum Laude (3.97 GPA) in Biology in 2002. A President Scholar, HHMI Scholar, and Rhodes Scholar, she presented posters at American Society for Microbiology meetings.  She completed her training at New York Medical College, where she was the author of several publications.

    * Maziar Nabavi graduated in Biology in 2001 (3.88 GPA). He presented posters at the American Society for Cell Biology meetings, is a co-author on two publications, completed medical school in Granada and a residency program at the University of Texas and is currently affiliated with UC Irvine.

    * Tina Chambers, also an HHMI Scholar, graduated Cum Laude (3.78 GPA) in Biochemistry in 2002. She is a technical support specialist for HPLC, GC, and SPE products at Varian.

    * Eric Sundberg, a President and HHMI Scholar, graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2004 with a 4.0 GPA and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He presented his research at American Chemical Society meetings and is a co-author on 3 publications. He placed 1st and 2nd in the CSULB and CSU Research Competitions, respectively, and is attending Stanford medical school with plans for research in cardiology.

All Scholars have regularly been on the President’s Honors lists.