Santa Clara University

Points of Excellence

Student Accomplishments



Jesse Caemmerer '14, political science, received a Rotary Global Scholarship and will undertake a master's degree in Strategic Studies at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore. He will focus on security studies and post-conflict development. As part of the Rotary Scholarship, he will take several trips to Timor-Leste to conduct research and help set up an education center.

Biology major Julie Herman '14 plans to use her National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue her Ph.D. at UC Santa Cruz, studying the evolutionary forces in the mustard oil biosynthetic pathway and possible coevolution of mustards and pierid butterflies.

Claire Kunkle '14, mechanical engineering, will use her National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, studying and designing energy systems to benefit developing nations.

Psychology major Natalie Lays '14 was awarded a Fulbright to teach English in Brazil, where she also plans to pursue her interest in other cultures and global medicine.

Saayeli Mukherji '13, finance, received a Fulbright Award to study at the Duisenberg School of Finance in The Netherlands. She plans to create an open forum on business ethics to help prevent global ethics catastrophes such as the 2008 financial crisis.



Glen Bradley, a rising sophomore who intends to major in Business, received a Fulbright Award for the Nottingham Trent Summer Institute in Creativity, Culture, History and Heritage, a four-week program held July 2013 in the UK.

Emily Hawley, received a Fulbright award, and she will go to Jordan for a year to advance her Arabic and research democratization efforts. She will spend the first six months in Amman at the prestigious language institute Qasid. For the second half of her stay she will be traveling throughout the country to study how the powerful tribal system has influenced King Abdullah's promised top-down democratic reforms.

Aven Satre-Meloy will go to Turkey after winning a Fulbright Teaching assistantship. A double major in political science and environmental studies, he will assist English professors at the university level. The Fulbright program’s English Teaching Assistantships places English teaching assistants in dozens of countries. Satre-Meloy hopes to use discussions of current events and American news to increase not only his students’ language proficiency but also their cultural knowledge of the United States.

Jesse Caemmerer, a rising senior majoring in political science and minoring in Asian Studies, was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for undergraduate study abroad. Caemmerer will study in China on the Beijing/Loyola University of Chicago program during fall 2013.

Karina Lerma, a rising junior majoring in marketing, was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for undergraduate study abroad. Karina will study in Brazil on the Sao Paulo-Business and Culture/CIEE program during fall 2013.



Environmental Science Major Justin Covino ’13 received the School for Field Studies Distinguished Student Research Award for his work in Costa Rica with forestry and shade-grown coffee farming.

Biology Major Nick Fling ’12 received a Fulbright award to analyze the effectiveness of the health care system in El Salvador to guide the impending national reorganization of services.

Charles Franz ’12, Greg Method ’12, and Keegan Wada ’12 were named semi-finalists at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Innovation Showcase for their braking system for long trains.

Anthropolgy Major Maroo (Morris) Kim ’15 received a $3,000 student research award from Oregon Health and Sciences University Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology.

Mechanical Engineering Major Alex Kranenburg ’13 was recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers San Francisco as the most supportive student chapter member. The SCU student chapter was also honored with the Outstanding Student chapter award for ASME Santa Clara Valley.

In 2012, The ROTC “Bronco Battalion” won the annual MacArthur Award, granted to the most-excellent university-based officer training programs in each of eight brigades nationwide. The battalion also won the distinguished award in 2009-2010.

The Santa Clara, the University’s student-run weekly newspaper, won a Pacemaker award for the 2011–12 academic year.

Santa Clara Students won the Entrepreneur’s Choice award for the second year running at the West Regional Venture Capital Investment Competition. Class of ’12 MBA students Manoj Yadav, Suraj Ayinikatt, Vinod Nair, Shashank Saggar, and Padma Nagaraja comprised the team.

Ten engineering undergraduates were selected as recipients of a 2012 Cisco-SCU Engineering $1500 Fellowship. The program is designed to improve the technical talent pipeline by encouraging engineering students to undertake learning and experiences that foster an entrepreneurial mindset and innovative thinking to solve complex problems. Recipients included: Tracey Acosta ’15, Melissa Bica ’14, Erik Chang ’15, Amanda Chong ’14, Anthony Clemetson ’14, Lauren Furumoto ’13, Evan Havlisch ’13, Bryant Larsen ’15, Shweta Panditrao ’14, and Ryan Tsao ’15.



John Reyes, a second-year Master of Divinity student at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara, was recognized with a $10,000 Ministry Fellowship by The Fund for Theological Education.

Sociology major Laura Snowden ’13 was honored with the California Campus Compact’s Newman Civic Fellow award for her work with the nonprofit organization she co-founded, focusing on continued efforts to rebuild New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina.

Linda Wuestehube ’10 won the American Intellectual Property Law Association award for top intellectual-property law student in the nation. She was the first Santa Clara Law student to receive this honor.



Ryan Clark '10, a civil engineering major, was awarded a $25,000 Robert Noyce Scholarship to complete the fifth-year teaching credential program at SCU, after which he will spend two years teaching science and mathematics in a high-need middle or high school in San Jose.

Michael Hayes '10, biochemistry, in 2009 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.

Ryan Hinds '10, a mechanical engineering student, received a scholarship and internship from NASA for aeronautics research. The program includes a $15,000 a year scholarship for two years and a stipend of $10,000 for the internship.

Gerardine Lamble, Computer Engineering Ph.D. student, received the Society of Women Engineers’ $4,000 Electronics for Imaging Scholarship for the 2009-10 academic year. More than 1,000 applications were reviewed; Lamble was selected based on her academic achievement and strong engineering potential.

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.

Adelene Gallego Ramos, MBA '11, won an award for a film project called "Social Entrepreneurs, Ethics, and Making a Profit on the Bottom Billion." Sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Ramos' film about social entrepreneurs and the Santa Clara University community examines the ethical dilemmas that social entrepreneurs face when working to improve the lives of those whose situation is ripe for both improvement and exploitation.

The Santa Clara University ROTC “Bronco Battalion” won the prestigious MacArthur Award granted by the U.S. Army’s Cadet Command and the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation. The award is granted to the year’s best Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program among 33 battalions in the West Coast 8th Brigade and considers factors such as the battalion’s physical fitness, navigation skills, leadership, and success in commissioning officers after ROTC.

Elizabeth Tellman ’09, a sustainable globalization and environmental studies double major, received a Fulbright scholarship to study in El Salvador during the 2009–10 academic year. Her proposed study, “Beyond Fair Trade: Alternative Coffee Markets for Alleviating Food Insecurity in El Salvador” will allow her to follow up on her senior thesis, “What Matters More Than Coffee: Why Livelihood in El Salvador Depends on more than ‘Just’ Trade.”

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.

Nick Fling '13


John Reyes


Linda Wuestehube ’10


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