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CSUCI nursing student wins prestigious CSU Trustees' Award
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CSU Trustees' Award winner, Amanda Garcia
Determination to support and set a good example for her sons is what motivates
CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) nursing student Amanda Garcia.
The 30-year-old Santa Maria native is one of 23 students, one from each of the CSU campuses, to receive the prestigious CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement
The CSU Board of Trustees honored the scholars during their regular meeting held Sept. 19 at the CSU office in Long Beach, California.
"Because of the graciousness and goodness of other people, I am able to continue my education," Garcia said. "I really want to make these people proud. I want to let them know their investment will not go to waste."
The Trustees' Award is CSU's highest recognition of student achievement, providing donor-funded scholarships for students who demonstrate superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service and financial need. Scholarships range from $12,000 to $6,000, with the total amount awarded this year at $149,000.
CSUCI Professor of Mathematics wins national mentoring award Courtesy of Marketing and Communication
Her work to level the playing field for underrepresented minorities has earned CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) Professor of Mathematics Cynthia Wyels, Ph.D., a 2017 Distinguished Mentor Award from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Wyels received the national honor at the 2017 National Diversity in STEM Conference in October in Salt Lake City, Utah. "This is the most meaningful recognition I could ever imagine receiving in my professional career," Wyels said. "This is about people. This This is about doing what I can to help people find their paths and succeed."
Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Cynthia Wyels
Wyels stressed that mentoring is a "we" and not an "I" activity and she could not have done as well with her students without a network of faculty, graduate students and others who rally to help her usher students of color into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields they might never have dreamed they could master.
Wyels had no idea she had been nominated by a colleague, Alejandro Alvarado, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics at Eastern Illinois University. Four other faculty members from Massachusetts, Ohio, and CSUCI supported the nomination.
"Her definition of mentorship is not just advising students on research projects, or how to apply for graduate school," Alvarado wrote in the nomination letter. "She encompasses compassion, caring, and preparation for the next step in the career ladder. She fosters intellectual and professional development among STEM professionals at every stage of their academic careers."
Wyels is a believer in senior faculty helping newer faculty, so she mentored her junior colleagues as well.
MS Biotechnology student, Amandeep Sharma, is channeling her potential by challenging herself to get out of her comfort zone. She says, "This program was perfect for me because it gives you exposure and it has a lot of internships." She says CI helped her get familiar with writing, too. "If you really want to continue in science you have to write. CI is helping me become a better scientist.
Lu was a health economist in the biopharmaceutical industry for two decades, including nearly 17
years at Amgen, where he was a director of global health economics and policy.
Currently a faculty member at CSUCI's Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics, he coauthored Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy: Perspectives, Problems, and Promises, third edition
(Oxford University Press) with Professor Stuart Schweitzer (UCLA). His research interests focus
primarily on healthcare and pharmaceutical economics and policy.
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