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Invigorating Academics

According to experts from the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, women’s colleges foster an environment "that fuels women’s understanding of self and others, a willingness to work with others, and the development of skills associated with career success and leadership.”

At Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, this type of environment has fueled the success of all our students. Here is a small sampling of students who have been recognized recently for their excellence in education, science, and public service.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color

2007 Awardees: child development major Monica Arellano and history major Claudia Luz Barraza, both Class of 2008

These awards bring the number of MSMU awardees of the highly-competitive, national scholarships to 28 since the program began in 1992—more than any other college or university in the nation.

The rigorous selection process required demonstration of a passion for teaching in public schools and included interviews at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund headquarters in New York City.

Mount’s Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)

2007 Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, Anaheim, Calif.

Honorees: Justine Ott, Carmen Ochoa, and Eunice Lee

These three Mount undergraduates were among top honorees out of 1,200 student scientists at this annual science conference, recognized for their conference for outstanding lab research presentations.

“We’re a force,” said Eric Stemp, associate professor of chemistry and interim chair of the Physical Sciences & Mathematics Department. “To have three Mount students win awards when there were more than 1,200 presentations, that’s just crazy.”

The MARC program has been funded at the Mount since 1990 through multimillion-dollar research training grants from the National Institutes of Health General Medical Sciences division. The program is designed to train a diverse group of future biomedical researchers and has led many Mount students to enter PhD programs.

Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN)

2007 Women & Congress Seminar

Participants: Therese Benson, Kathleen Castellanos, Gricelda Ceja, Pamela Flores, Diana Godoy, Claire Marie Juan, Karina Macias, and Jane Soto

Sponsored by the MSMU Women’s Leadership Program, these students were selected to spend spring break in Washington, D.C., along with other female college students from across the country. Through committee hearings, discussions, and briefings, participants increased their understanding of public policy and Congressional procedure. Students supplemented their seminar experience with field visits, observations on the Hill, and discussions on policy issues with women leaders.