Student Awards, Scholarships, and Recognition



Scholarships for Psychology and Human Development Students

There are a number of Psychology Department and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences scholarships that are available to psychology and human development students. Here is a list and brief description of these. For more information about them and for information on how to apply, please visit the Financial Aid website (http://finaid.csusb.edu/index.html).

Alice Givens Memorial Scholarship

Alice Givens Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a re-entry student who has been out of high school at least 10 years, is an undergraduate student majoring in psychology, has financial need, and is enrolled in a minimum of 6 quarter units at CSUSB. The most recent award was $300.

Aubrey W. Bonnett Scholarship

Aubrey W. Bonnett Scholarship is a $1,000 award given to students whose major is in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at CSUSB, have involvement in some type of community service (volunteer service or internships for clubs and community organizations would be included) and exhibit some leadership with regard to same, and have a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Industrial Organizational Psychology Master of Science Scholarship

Industrial Organizational Psychology Master of Science Scholarship provides a scholarship to a CSUSB student enrolled under the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Master of Science Industrial Organizational Psychology program and has a minimum 3.30 GPA. First and second year students may apply for this scholarship. Financial need is considered but not essential.

Inland Empire Commercial Real Estate Scholarship

Inland Empire Commercial Real Estate Scholarship is awarded to a student majoring within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, must have completed a minimum of 12 quarter units of coursework in their declared major with at least a 3.0 GPA, must have an overall 2.75 GPA, must have completed at least 45 quarter units of college coursework, and must be enrolled at least as a half-time student as an undergraduate. Special application is required. Contact the CSUSB Financial Aid Office Scholarship Hotline number at (909) 537-7399 for an application between the months of January 1 - March 2 annually.

Joanna Worthley Excellence in Psychology Fund

Dr. Joanna Worthley

This Scholarship was established shortly after Dr. Joanna Worthley’s passing on January 4, 2011. Joanna was the Associate Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Chair of the Department of Psychology. Early in her career she developed a peer advising program in psychology. Following Joanna’s lead, the department established a Peer Advising Center which currently provides advising support for undergraduates and training opportunities for graduate students.

To honor Joanna’s legacy and to continue to enhance the work that she did to support student educational achievement, an endowed fund was established with a contribution from her lifelong partner Betsy Crighton and support from alumni, faculty, staff, students, friends and family. The fund is a fitting tribute to Joanna’s lifelong support for students.

Joy Renee Kirka Memorial Scholarship

Joy Renee Kirka Memorial Scholarship provides an award to a student enrolled in the Master’s of Clinical Psychology.

Lewin-Estremera Family Scholarship

The Lewin-Estremera Family Scholarship is available to matriculated master’s degree students in one of the department of psychology’s four master’s degree programs (MA General Experimental Psychology; MA Child Development; MS Clinical/Counseling Psychology; MS Industrial/Organizational Psychology). Applicants for the scholarship will be considered based upon academic merit and financial need.

Verla Watkins Thomas Scholarship

Verla Watkins Thomas Scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled as a CSUSB first or second year graduate student in the M.S. Clinical/Counseling Psychology Program, and has a minimum 3.0 GPA. Financial need considered but not essential.

Vince Vegna MFT-Kaiser Permanente Scholarship

Vince Vegna MFT-Kaiser Permanente Scholarship provides a scholarship to a student attending CSUSB as a declared psychology major who is enrolled in the M.S. Psychology Clinical/Counseling Psychology option as in beginning their second year in the program. Preference is given to a student serving his/her nine-month internship at the Moreno Valley Addiction Medicine-Chronic Pain Management Department with Kaiser Permanente.

Dean Jamal Nassar and President Al Karnig Induct Mr. Vince Vegna (center) into the CSBS Hall of Fame in 2011.

Recent College and Department Scholarship Recipients

2014-2015

  • Helen Estremera and Charles Lewin Scholarship
  • Joy Renee Kirka Scholarship
  • Nikolai Khokhlov Schlarship
  • Verla Watkins Thomas Scholarship
  • Alice Givens Memorial Scholarship
  • IO Psychology Master of Science Scholarship
  • Joanna Worthley Excellence in Psychology
  • Lace Riggs, Natalia Fernandez
  • Anahi Angel
  • Daniell Study
  • Tanisha Flowers
  • Heather Carrasco
  • Claudia Alvarado, Jung-Jung Lee
Psychology Honors Students for 2014-2015 with Dr. Campbell (seated right)

2013-2014

  • Zapletal Charitable Trust Scholarship
  • Audrey Bonnet Scholarship
  • Helen Estremera and Charles Lewin Scholarship
  • Joy Renee Kirka Scholarship
  • Verla Thomas Watkins Scholarship
  • Khokhlov Scholarship
  • Theresa Hanley and Kim Jones
  • Kimberly Miller
  • Ashley Araiza and Yuliana Diaz
  • Cadisha Gravesande
  • Ashlee Barker
  • Diana Robinson
Dr. Campbell, Diana Robinson, Cadisha Gravesande. Kris Munakash, Ashlee Barker, and Dr. Ricco (standing). Yuliana Diaz, Steven Nieto, Lace Riggs, and Ashley Araiza (seated).

2012-2013

  • CSBS Scholarship.
  • Audrey Bonnet Scholarship.
  • Helen Estremera and Charles Lewin Scholarship.
  • Joy Renee Kirka Memorial Scholarship.
  • Verla Watkins Thomas Scholarship.
  • Industrial Organizational Scholarship.
  • Khokhlov Award.
  • Joanna Worthley Excellence in Psychology Fund.
  • Jordyn Wheeler
  • Jennifer Aboudi
  • Alex McKay, Lisa Motley
  • Christopher Vallejo
  • Henry Chang
  • Karla Medrano
  • Antonia Vasquez Mata
  • Ryan Radmall

2011-2012

Ruben Gutierrez and Ryan Radmall with Psychology Chair, Dr. Ricco
  • Zapletal Charitable Trust Scholarship.
  • CSBS Scholarship.
  • Helen Estremera and Charles Lewin Scholarship.
  • Joy Renee Kirka Memorial Scholarship.
  • Verla Watkins Thomas Scholarship.
  • Khokhlov Award.
  • Joanna Worthley Excellence in Psychology Award.
  • Erin Cerasaro, Carlos Flores
  • Nicole Holderness
  • Azadeh Vosoughian
  • Nicoleta Dragan
  • Matthew Gilford
  • Alex McKay
  • Ruben Gutierrez

2010-2011

  • CSBS Scholarship.
  • Aubrey Bonnet Scholarship.
  • Helen Estremera and Charles Lewin Scholarship.
  • Joy Renee Kirka Memorial Scholarship.
  • Verla Watkins Thomas Scholarship.
  • Khokhlov Award.
  • Mara Maldonado.
  • Joseph Armendarez.
  • Ryan Radmall
  • Gwendolyn Brower
  • Sonia Ndukwe
  • Carlos Flores &
  • Maria Carbajal de Nava.

2009-2010

  • CSBS Scholarship.
  • Joy Renee Kirka Memorial Scholarship.
  • Joseph Armendarez.
  • Sarah Wolfarth.

Recent College and Department Awards Recipients

2014-2015

College

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student
  • Dean’s Honors Paper Award
  • President’s Academic Excellence Scholars
  • Bryan Cruz
  • Jason Alipio
  • Kristen Ramos

Department

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Service Award
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award
  • Outstanding Graduate Research Award
  • Outstanding Graduate Service Award
  • Bryan Cruz
  • Jose Navarro
  • Graham Kaplan
  • Alena Mohd-Yusof
  • Ashley Araiza

Psychology Student Bryan Cruz Wins 2014-2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

Bryan Cruz and Shannon Long (Outstanding Graduate Student)

Bryan Cruz, a Riverside resident, will receive a bachelor’s degree in biological psychology, graduating cum laude (with honors). “Before, I never would have imagined making it this far in my life, being a first-generation Mexican-American with my primary language being Spanish, and also my parents having no educational background whatsoever,” he said. “To me, this degree is highly important because it represents my growth in education, and the first time my father is attending a ceremony where I am moving on to pursue a higher degree.”

As an undergraduate, Bryan said he decided on biological psychology because of an appreciation for scientific research and love of the scientific process. That passion helped him as he did research, under the guidance of psychology associate professor Sergio Iñiguez, on the neuro- and behavioral pharmacology of antidepressants, using animal models of depression.

Bryan, who juggled a full-time course load while also working nearly full-time hours his first three years at CSUSB, listed his father and Iñiguez as his inspirations. His father “taught me the value of hard work and never giving up on what you want to achieve in life,” Bryan said. And Iñiguez “showed me that there are no barriers than can hold a person from achieving any academic or professional accomplishment.”

Bryan will be attending graduate school at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he was accepted into its doctoral program in neuroscience, beginning in fall 2015.

2013-2014

College

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student
  • Dean’s Honors Paper Award
  • Dean’s Master’s Thesis Award
  • President’s Academic Excellence Scholars
  • SBS Development Council Award
  • Outstanding Undergraduate at PDC
  • Yuliana Diaz
  • Kirk Fortini
  • Jacqueline McConnaughey
  • Madalyn Morris
  • Daniell Study
  • Amanda Harrison
Dean Nassar and Yuliana Diaz
Bob Cramer and Daniell Study

Department

  • Outstanding Graduate Research Award
  • Outstanding Graduate Service Award
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Service Award
  • Lace Riggs
  • Ashlee Barker
  • Kris Munakash
  • Steven Nieto
  • Ashley Araiza and Yuliana Diaz
Kelly Campbell and Kirk Fortini

2012-2013

Department

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research.
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Service.
  • Outstanding Graduate Research.
  • Outstanding Graduate Service.
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching.
  • Tanisha Flowers
  • Lace Riggs
  • Alex McKay
  • Stephanie Loera
  • Tessy Pumaccahua

2011-2012

Ruben Gutierrez, Kim French, Carlos Flores, Joseph Armendarez, Alex McKay, Matt Gilford, Ryan Radmall, Dr. Ricco, and Dr. Campbell
Psychology student Nicole Holderness is second from the right.

College

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student.
  • Dean’s Honors Paper Award.
  • Dean’s Master’s Thesis Award.
  • Joseph Armendarez
  • Kim French
  • Nicole Holderness
  • Leslie Hagen

Department

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research.
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Service.
  • Outstanding Graduate Research.
  • Outstanding Graduate Service.
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching.
  • Joseph Armendarez
  • Ruben Gutierrez
  • Kimberly French
  • Ryan Radmall
  • Carlos Flores

2010-2011

Psychology student 2010-2011 award and scholarship winners with Drs. Campbell and Ricco

College

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student.
  • Dean’s Honors Paper Award.
  • Maria Carbajal de Nava.
  • Henry Chang.

Department

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research.
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Service.
  • Outstanding Graduate Research.
  • Outstanding Graduate Service.
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching.
  • Maria Avitia
  • Joseph Armendarez
  • Olga Kozanian
  • Cynthia Britt
  • Joseph Salib

2009-2010

College

  • Dean’s Honors Paper Award.
  • Carlos Flores.

Department

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research.
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Service.
  • Outstanding Graduate Research.
  • Outstanding Graduate Service.
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching.
  • Danyel Vargas
  • Heather Hammond
  • Anthony Cortez
  • Tessy Pumaccahua
  • Erin Cerasaro

Campus and CSU Awards to Psychology Students

Steven Nieto won first place in the undergraduate category at the 2013-2014 CSU statewide research competition.

Kirk Fortini won a Western Psychological Foundation Scholarship Award for research he presented at the April 2014 WPA Conference.

Jennifer Wacan and Michelle Stone were winners at the CSUSB Student Research Competition for 2012-2013.

Tessy Pumaccahua is a recipient of the William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Psychology Students Accepted to Doctoral Programs

2014-2015

  • Evelyn Ayala
  • Benjamin Miller
  • Bryan Cruz
  • Shannon Eaton
  • Mirella Hernandez
  • Nick Rockwood
  • Kristi Shawhan
  • Gregory Smith
  • Norma Zamora
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Kentucky
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Ohio State University
  • Palo Alto University
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • State University of New York at Buffalo

2013-2014

  • Matt Arias
  • Ashley Gonzalez (MARC)
  • Alex McKay
  • Steven Nieto
  • Charles (Chaz) Plant
  • Leanne Tortez
  • Jason Tsukahara
  • Ciara Paige
  • West Virginia University
  • Stanford University
  • Penn State University
  • Houston University
  • UNLV
  • Hofstra University
  • Georgia Tech University
  • Claremont Graduate University
2013-2014 Psychology Honors Students

2012-2013

  • Fausto Varela
  • Laura Garcia
  • Alex Ojeda
  • Nicole Holderness
  • Ryan Lee
  • Zuhair Abdulla
  • Joseph Valentine
  • Ryan Holt
  • Tessy Pumaccahua
  • Alissa Ramos
  • Wade Kidner
  • Wayne State University
  • University of Southern California
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, San Antonio
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Rhode Island
  • CSUSB - Educational Leadership
  • Iowa State University

2011-2012

  • Joseph Armendarez
  • Ashley Burton
  • Kevin Castellanos
  • Candice Davis
  • Kimberly French
  • Arnold Gutierrez
  • Kyle Jaquess
  • Melinee Ledbetter
  • Maria Maldonado
  • Kyle McNeal
  • Katrina Niere
  • Joseph Pipkin
  • Veronica Rios
  • Lupe Valdivia
  • Adrian Villicana
  • Carla Zimmerman
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Alliant University
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Maryland
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Minnesota
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • University of Texas, El Paso
  • University of Michigan
  • CSUSB Educational Leadership Program
  • University of Kansas
  • Texas A & M University