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Shobha Joneja '24

Shobha Joneja advocates for representation of Indigenous people in Santa Clara.

Charles DiNapoli in the sculpture studio next to a work table with his sculptures

Charlie DiNapoli offers his #1 recommendation for prospective SCU students: take art classes!

Congratulations and best wishes to Isabelle Solórzano ‘24 (Environmental Science major, Biology minor), who will begin their NASA DEVELOP Internship.

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca Named Knight-Hennessy Scholar

An ethnic studies and sociology double major, Espinoza Salamanca is one of 90 new scholars representing 30 countries and 45 graduate degree programs in Stanford’s seventh cohort.

Riley Carpenter

Junior engineering physics major Riley Carpenter ’25, has been selected for the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship.

Avery Munn headshot

Through the REAL Program, Public Health and Psychology double major Avery Munn ’24 got experience promoting and advocating for mental health services while interning at the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Isabella Reyes

How pre-med student Isabella Reyes ’24 charted her course from aviation to disability advocacy.

Katie Duffy

Six students and alumni have been chosen as semifinalists for the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student program this year.

Maria Parker, Mary Pat Peterson, Brad Lewinski, Mario Sarich

SCU students compete in a national Mock Trial tournament focused on developing a foundational knowledge of legal practices in youth.

Hydeia Wysinger '25

SCU student Hydeia Wysinger '25 hopes to promote mental health in adolescents by exploring the intersectionalities between psychology and public health.

Tyson DeCastro '24 and Rachel Choy '24. Photo by Josef Sueoka '23.

Student photos explore the camaraderie of friendships, to the loneliness of not quite fitting in.

Sean Gallagher, 2023 Panetta Intern

Sean Gallagher '25 represented Santa Clara University for the 2023 cycle of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy Congressional Internship Program.

Jack Petersen in lab

For Jack Petersen ’24, his research on gold nanoparticles in Amelia Fuller’s lab has a personal connection.

Neha Mann

How Neha Mann ’25 found her voice supporting research on LGBTQ+ health inequalities.

Nicholas Truong and friend preparing food in the kitchen.

Last year, Nicholas Truong ’24 and student organization Recipes for Relief prepared more than 40 home-cooked meals at the JW House near Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara.

Leandra Couto

From couch surfing to college graduate, Leandra Couto ’23 discusses her path as a first-generation student at Santa Clara.

Isabella Gomez

A Muwekma Ohlone youth gathering brings cultural revitalization to the heart of SCU.

Melanie Eng

Immersed in another culture and away from the comforts of home, Melanie Eng ’24 completed an internship in Barcelona, Spain where she gained insight into her future career goals and adopted a more global worldview.

Rob Wohl

During his time at SCU, Wohl studied political science, history, and philosophy, finding different ways to connect these three interests.

Michael Weatherford

Michael Weatherford ’23, a lifelong lover of the outdoors, participated in a research opportunity through the REAL program where he got to conduct field work in the Suisun marsh.

Gianella Ordonez

From the Miller Center to Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office, this LEAD Scholar is making a difference—both near and far

Jordan Tachibana in front of American flag signed by Japanese internment survivors.

How Santa Clara prepared her to turn her passion into actionable change

Hands holding a book under the SCU wisteria trellis.

SCU’s “Historical Perspectives” has won the nation’s top undergraduate history journal prize two years in a row. Is a third win around the corner?

Skyler Weight

Senior Skyler Weight is a Physics wizz who has also loved taking humanities courses at Santa Clara University.