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Student Achievements

Celebrating Student Achievements


We believe the close faculty-student interaction enabled by our small but diverse population fosters intellectual growth among our students. Professors in the College of the Pacific often champion their students' interests, encouraging students to tackle independent projects or apply for scholarships and fellowships, and they offer support and guidance along the way.

We are proud of our students' many accomplishments, and make sure to celebrate them at Pacific.

Who Will Be Our Next Outstanding Graduates?


Annual Outstanding Graduate Awards

At the end of the year, each of our academic departments and interdisciplinary programs honors a truly exceptional graduating senior or group of seniors with the Outstanding Graduate Award. This award is given to students who have not only earned a consistently high academic record, but who have also been actively involved in the discipline through activities, research, or special projects.

Look for highlights of the most recent Outstanding Graduates on our department and program websites. Two 2011 Outstanding Graduates are featured here:

Mike AbramMike Abram '11: Mathematics

Mike is a Mathematics major, a Music major, and a Powell Scholar. His numerous accomplishments include:

  • Participating in a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Serving as President of the Math Club for two years, and organizing events such as a new high school math contest and campus visit of renowned "Mathemagician" Dr. Art Benjamin.
  • Working as a Supplemental Instructor for Calculus.
  • Volunteering for Newman House.
  • Playing his trumpet with various ensembles.

Following graduation, Mike is beginning a doctoral program in Mathematics at the University of Southern California.

Leora White '11: Sociology

Leora WhiteAs a returning student with a young child, Leora faced many challenges unknown to many Pacific students. However, these challenges were no match for her sharp intellect, strong work ethic and determination.

Leora did superior work in all of her major classes, and demonstrated that rare combination of curiosity, critical thought and compassion that makes a truly excellent sociologist.
 Among her many accomplishments, Leora:

  • Was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
  • Served as both co-chair of the Pacific Sociological Society and a writing mentor.
  • Served as Pride Center Intern in the Multicultural Center.

Pacific Scholarships and Fellowships


Pacific offers a variety of scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students. In addition to university-wide scholarships, the College of the Pacific and its academic departments offer other scholarship and fellowship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

External Scholarships and Fellowships


Students in the College have garnered highly selective scholarships and fellowships from a number of prestigious organizations. We share two examples below:

Mikael (Mik) MinierMikael (Mik) Minier graduated from Pacific in 2010 with a B.S. in Biochemistry, a B.S. Mathematics, and a B.A. in Japanese. He started the Ph.D. program in Chemistry at MIT and was recently awarded a substantial fellowship through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), which provides three years of support, a generous stipend and other resources.

Gabby McDanielGabby McDaniel '12, a Geology major, was awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships in the United States for undergraduates majoring in math and science. Gabby was selected as one of 275 recipients nationwide. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in geology with an emphasis in biogeochemistry. One of her goals is to conduct research for an environmental consulting firm.