The following students have been recognized by their faculty for their outstanding work. Congratulations to the following students. PDF Version click here 

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2014 CSUPERB Faculty Research Award Recipient
Dr. Mamta Rawat, Biology
The committee, chaired by Dr. Adler-Moore (Cal Poly Pomona) writes, “Dr. Rawat's research has been very well supported since she became a faculty member at CSU Fresno. Her funding sources have included NSF, NIH, NASA, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, and the California Agricultural Technology Institute. This range of support ($1,552,477) is a reflection of her diverse research programs, including investigations of thiols in medically important bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Mycobacterium tuberculosis, how cyanobacteria cope with environmental challenges, bacterial resistance to deep space, and the metabolic capacity of bacteria for bioremediation. She is considered a major influence in the field of mycothiol research. She has published 30 papers and many of them have been in high impact journals including Biochemistry, Molecular Microbiology, Journal of Bacteriology, and Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy with 10 of these papers having student co-authors. Her students have made many research presentations at scientific meetings and several of them have received awards for their presentations underscoring the quality of her research mentorship. She was also recently named a "National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences" which recognizes her efforts to incorporate research and evidence-based approaches into her classroom teaching.  In summary, as one of her recommenders phrased it, ‘Dr. Rawat is an outstanding scholar and researcher who is an extremely insightful and contagiously enthusiastic individual with an excellent track record and a strong platform of both national and international research collaborations.” For more information please visit the website.

MFA graduate James Tyner has been selected as the very first Poet Laureate of Fresno.

Howdy, I am a graduating senior at Texas A&M University earning a B.S. in Horticulture with an emphasis in fruit and vegetable production and management. I have a particularly strong interest in viticulture and enology . This interest goes back to my upbringing as well as where I am from: the town of Grapevine. Having transferred to Texas A&M University the horticulture “seed” that was planted early on in my life blossomed prolifically. I have been blessed to have been able to stay very active in both the Department of Horticulture as well as with the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. I have had the opportunity to study abroad in Italy and also intern on a farm in the Texas Hill Country. The incredible experiences that I have encountered as an undergraduate have transformed and molded the person that I am today. All of these experiences collectively, from having lived in a vibrant town that cherishes and fosters the local wine industry, to gardening, working on a cattle ranch, and studying horticulture at Texas A&M University have helped to galvanize my desire to work in the field of horticulture and pursue a life-long career in the American wine industry. I look forward to studying and working with some of the brightest minds in the California wine industry and am confident that this new chapter in my life will be a phenomenal one.

Brittany Chambers, a graduate student majoring in Public Health and a Sally Casanova California Pre-Doctoral scholar for 2011-2012 and a Graduate Equity Fellow for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, will begin her doctoral studies in Community Health Education at The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in August. Brittany will also teach part-time.

Daisy Manivong, a senior majoring in Civil Engineering, and a Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar for 2012-2013, has been selected to participate in an eight-week summer research internship at the University of Washington, Seattle. Daisy plans to pursue her doctoral studies in Civil Engineering.

Megan Bailey, a graduate student majoring in International Relations and a Honorable Mention Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar for 2012-2013, will be joining the Harvard Kennedy School's PhD program in Public Policy this fall. Also, she has received an invitation to participate in the Harvard Environmental Economics Program as a Pre-Doctoral Fellow.  

Stephanie Hartzell, a graduate student majoring in Communication and a Sally Casanova California Pre-Doctoral scholar for 2012-2013, will begin her doctoral studies in Rhetoric and Critical Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder in August. Stephanie will also work as a graduate part-time instructor - a position not typically offered to first-year doctoral students.