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Student Stories

Tegan Smith and Brandon Schultz

SCU’s Historical Perspectives serves as a way for History students to publish their research done in the classroom, providing an avenue to reach the larger community.

SCU’s virtual reality lab, which has influenced many students’ future career paths, is expanding its presence on campus.

Natalie Rover on one tip of triangle with Christian Jimenez and Riley Scherr on other two

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

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 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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

“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.”

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Max Bjorni

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

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