Santa Clara University

Points of Excellence

2009-10 Highlights

The University ranked No. 33 in the U.S. for return on investment for the value of its education, according to PayScale, an online site that collects salary data.

SCU students were third place winners winners in the international 2009 Solar Decathlon sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.

The Northern California Innocence Project received a joint $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to administer a massive DNA testing program. This federally funded Post-Conviction DNA Testing Assistance Program is designed to give indigent California inmates an opportunity to pursue claims of innocence.

The University Honors Program received a $1 million donation from the family of the late Arthur Hull Hayes Jr., Santa Clara University’s first Rhodes Scholar and a former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Ed Maurer, Civil Engineering, and Iris Stewart-Frey, Environmental Studies, received a three-year, $250,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support “Assessing the Impact of a Warmer Climate on Stream Water Quality across the Mountainous Western United States.”

Bill Stover, Political Science, was named a senior Fulbright specialist for information technology and conflict resolution in 2009. The grant involves up to five overseas consulting visits in the next five years. He also received a $35,000 grant from the Foundation for Global Community in 2009 for his project and research called Conflict Resolution Simulation Middle East.

Cary Yang, Center for Nanostructures and Electrical Engineering, received $1.3 million in continuation funding from the U.S. Army to support “Thermal and Electrical Nanoscale Transport.” The award now totals over $4.3 million.

Michael Hayes '10, biochemistry, won a Goldwater Scholarship, an award for students expected to one day become leaders in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering. He was one of 278 sophomores or juniors nationwide to receive the annual award.

John “Jack” Mahoney ’10 received a Fulbright award to teach English at one of Indonesia’s hundreds of boarding schools. Mahoney was a political science and religious studies major, with a minor in Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern studies.

Jennifer Mock ’10, who majored in German and political science with minors in international studies and history, received a Fulbright award to teach English to middle- and high-school students in Burghausen, Germany.

Megan Williams ’10, political science major, received a Fulbright award to study at the Centre for East European Studies in Warsaw, Poland. In addition to learning Polish, she conducted a research project on far-right Polish student political groups.

Stephanie Wilson '11 became the University's first cross-country All American award recipient.

School of Law


Fulbright Recipients


Ed Maurer


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