Congratulations Class of 2022!

Published May 21, 2022

On May 17, our 2022 Class graduated at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. CNSM graduates leave us well prepared to take on their science and math careers and work toward a better world for all. Good luck grads!

Said by Dr. Curtis Bennett, the Richard D. Green Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, in his commencement address:

Growth in the sciences and mathematics depends on communication with others and the willingness to have your ideas tested. Your time here has trained you to have those discussions, ask questions, and find answers: skills essential to life-long learning. We have seen problems arise that we never thought were possible - but scientists and mathematicians lead in finding solutions. You leave us well-prepared to meet future challenges and to blaze your own path.

We charge you to use this education to be effective citizens, scientists, and mathematicians, for you will play an important role in building a positive future for all. We look to you, the graduating class of 2022, to build us that brighter future, to make a better world for all, and to pay forward all the positive experiences you have had at the Beach.


Commencement Awards

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics awards a few of our outstanding graduates during commencement. The following is a list of award recipients for 2022.

Graduate Dean's List of University Scholars and Artists

The top 1% of CNSM graduate students (up to 4 students) pursuing a graduate degree may be named to the Graduate Dean's List of University Scholars and Artists.

  • Paul Fischer, M.S. Physics - Computational Physics
  • Reanna Bromley, M.S. Mathematics - Mathematics Education for Secondary School Teachers
  • Aaron Kaz Sugimoto, M.S. Biology
  • Shinta Tanamas, M.S. Chemistry

Richard D. Green Dean's Outstanding Graduate Scholar Award

Recognizing that the excellence of CNSM graduate students extends to all CNSM departments, the Richard D. Green Dean Outstanding Graduate Scholar List complements the Graduate Dean's List of University Scholars and Artists so that the two awards together acknowledge one top CNSM graduate student in each department.

  • Arturo Sotomayor, Jr., M.S. Geology
  • Kerry Anne Cogan, M.S. Science Education - Secondary Science Education

Outstanding Thesis Award

CNSM recognizes up to six truly outstanding theses, one possible in each department. Evaluation criteria of thesis include quality of presentation (appearance, format, style, language, clarity, etc.) and quality of research (scientific methodology, likelihood of publication - i.e., presentation at professional conference, manuscript submitted for publication, etc.).

  • Parker Richardson, M.S. Biology
  • Steven Guillen, M.S. Biochemistry
  • Christina Anne Meadows, M.S. Geology
  • Ted Si Yuan Cheng, M.S. Applied Statistics
  • Cristien L. Arzate, M.S. Physics - Computational Physics
  • Justin Fournier, M.S. Science Education - Secondary Science Education

Richard D. Green Dean's Outstanding Baccalaureate Award

CNSM recognizes outstanding graduating baccalaureate students, one per department (including Environmental Science and Policy, B.S. option).

  • Alex Yuan, B.S. Biology - Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology
  • Nishi Rauth, B.S. Biochemistry
  • Annika Gonzales, B.S. Geology
  • Helen Chang, B.S. Mathematics - Applied Mathematics
  • Sierra N. Breyer, B.S. Physics
  • Kelci Boynton, Single Subject Credential - Life Science, (B.S. Environmental Science and Policy, CSULB)

Departmental Honors

Departmental honors are usually reserved for students whose outstanding performance is not otherwise recognized by university or college awards.

Biological Sciences

  • Kambria Christine Schwalen, B.S. Biology – Organismal Biology
  • Isabel Moriah McQuoid, B.S. Marine Biology
  • Taylor Jo Woodruff, B.S. Marine Biology
  • Sabina Grace Timothy, B.S. Biology - Organismal Biology
  • Chance Palmer, B.S. Biology - Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology
  • Abbas Abdulhasan, B.S. Biology - Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology
  • Alexa Dickey, B.S. Biology - Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology
  • Tarek El Massri, B.S. Biology - Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology
  • Kevin Jaehyuk Choi, B.S. Biology - Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology
  • Nicole Marie Lopez, M.S. Biology
  • Hannah Rabitoy, M.S. Biology
  • Elishebah Tate-Pulliam, M.S. Biology

Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • Tina Nguyen, B.S. Chemistry
  • Danna De Boer, B.S. Chemistry
  • Natalie Tran, B.S. Chemistry
  • Patrick Allen, M.S. Biochemistry
  • Adam Smith, M.S. Chemistry
  • Vernon Benedicto, M.S. Biochemistry

Geological Sciences

  • Spencer Horton Cooper, B.S. Geology
  • Desiree Selena Guzman, B.S. Geology
  • Amanda Seckington, M.S. Geology
  • Bedig Charkhutian, M.S. Geology

Mathematics and Statistics

  • Tu Tran Thieu Nguyen, B.S. Mathematics Education
  • Millie Vu Nguyen, B.S. Mathematics - Applied Mathematics
  • Mika Wong, B.S. Mathematics - Applied Mathematics
  • Wendolyn Lopez, B.S. Mathematics
  • Andrew Stapleton, B.S. Applied Statistics
  • Ivy Nguyen, B.S. Mathematics
  • Brandon Davis, B.S. Applied Statistics
  • Basanth Shankar, M.S. Applied Statistics
  • Victoria Lim, M.S. Mathematics - Applied Mathematics
  • Rosita Oey, M.S. Mathematics - Mathematics Education for Secondary School Teachers
  • Tu Li, M.S. Mathematics

Physics and Astronomy

  • Michael Carroll, B.S. Physics
  • Blake Reid Koford, B.S. Physics
  • Mathew Andrew Leon, B.S. Physics
  • Derek Bergner, M.S. Physics - Applied Physics
  • Francisco Ramirez, M.S. Physics - Applied Physics
  • Spencer Halls, M.S. Physics
  • Michael Grant Roberts, M.S. Physics

Science Education

  • Mary Marguerite Nowak, M.S. Science Education - Informal Science Education
  • Adam Underwood, M.S. Science Education - Secondary Science Education