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Natalie Rover on one tip of triangle with Christian Jimenez and Riley Scherr on other two
Discovering the Impact of Research

Three Santa Clara University seniors were awarded the DeNardo Senior Prize for outstanding achievements in their scientific research.

A Passion for Public Health, Economics, and Helping Others

Senior Lauren Cherrey seeks out connections between her Public Health and Economics majors and has used them to drive her work abroad and on campus.

Four Broncos Win Fulbrights

Four College of Arts and Sciences students have earned prestigious scholarships to study or teach in Armenia, India, Germany, and Taiwan.

Beckman Scholars - Ella Basler and Erica Svendahl
SCU Names Two Beckman Scholars in 2021

Sophomores Ella Basler and Erica Svendahl will have the opportunity to conduct intricate and influential research on critical scientific topics as Santa Clara University’s two Beckman Scholars this year.

Fuller Picture

Anjali Rangaswami ’21 noticed some gaps in research on sexual harassment in higher education. So she won a Fulbright to do it herself.

Numbers and Notes

By combining studies in Mathematics and Music, Michael Noonan ’21 found the unique intersections that have allowed him to thrive.

Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Linguistic Development

Psychology and Philosophy major Aidan Gallegos ’21 researched bilingual cognition in an internship funded by the REAL program.

Trial and Error

After calling for a do-over on her first college decision, transfer student Caroline McInerney ’21 says Santa Clara let her embrace all of her interests.

Education for Underserved Communities

Funded by the REAL program, Child Studies and Psychology major Kat Kuwada ’21 learned how to engage students and lead in the classroom while teaching math to kids online.

Abigail Alvarez '22 Wins Truman Scholarship

Junior political science and Spanish double major is a longtime advocate on behalf of the disability community, service workers, and others.

Leading From Afar

“My work isn’t just about a job title,” Hawai’i-resident Faizah Shyanguya ’21 says. “It’s about what I'm doing, who I'm working with and how it serves others, especially in marginalized communities.”

A Passion for Marine Science

Environmental Science major Fiona Mulhern ’21 got the opportunity to study marine biology as a research assistant funded by the REAL program.

Bringing the Museum Experience Online

Through the REAL program, Studio Art major Shae Kennedy ’21 participated in a virtual internship where she created fun art activities for kids and their families to do online.

Success in a Virtual Congressional Campaign

Through the REAL program, Political Science major Abby Roubal ’21 deepened her understanding of politics as an intern on a congressional campaign.

In Good Company

Fourteen majors from the College of Arts and Sciences have been selected as semifinalists for the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student program this year, out of a record-breaking total of 17 from Santa Clara University.

Transcribing Hidden Knowledge from the Past

Classics major Max Gavenman ’22 transcribed religious artifacts from Latin to English and learned about life in ancient Rome in an internship through the REAL program.

Tackling Food Insecurity and Promoting Food Justice on Campus

Through the REAL program, Chloe Gentile-Montgomery '21 researched food insecurity at SCU in an effort to reduce stigma and work towards food justice on campus.

Answering the Call

In this time of crisis, SCU Public Health students take on work as contact tracers to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County.

The I’s Have It: Injury, Internships, Involvement for the Win

Injuries and internships have marked Julia Lieberman and set her on a path to combining her love of neuroscience, neural engineering, and coding with her passion for building community. And it all started with a concussion.

2020 Beckman Scholar to focus on cancer research

Chemistry major Adriana Gutierrez Ramirez ’22 will continue research with the Abbyad Lab as this year’s Beckman Scholar.

Getting Creative Amidst COVID

Tricia Creason-Valencia (Communication) encouraged students to explore their creativity while at home as part of her Introduction to Digital Filmmaking course

Joining the Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Religious Studies major Cameron Heon '20 hopes to deepen his understanding of interreligious studies then go to graduate school

Fulfilling Her Potential

Future physician-scientist Alekhya Parvathaneni ’20 is on her way.

Letter From Laos

Public Health major Hana Seastedt ’20 watches impact of her field unfolding, half a world away.

Turning Passion into Action

REAL student Alexa DeSanctis ’20 shares about her values and the passion that drives her towards making meaningful change in the world.

Senior Erika Rasmussen named O’Hare Fellow

English and Sociology major Erika Rasmussen will spend a year in New York City immersed in the media landscape with America Media

Max Bjorni
Junior Max Bjorni named Goldwater Scholar

Neuroscience and Biology double major is the first Santa Clara University student to win the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship in over a decade.

Environmental Studies Major Griffin Garner ’20 Wins Fulbright

Senior Griffin Garner will evaluate best practices in developing climate resilience for smallholder coffee farmers in Uganda.

Mariana Perera
Senior Mariana Perera Wins Fulbright Scholarship

Political Science, Spanish, and Communication major will study disability rights policy in Brazil.

Mariana Perera
Senior Mariana Perera Wins Fulbright Scholarship

Political Science, Spanish, and Communication major will study disability rights policy in Brazil.