The WISE scholarship, established by Dr. Jan Randall, Professor Emerita of Biology, is awarded to an outstanding woman in the graduate program at SFSU each year.
Visit SF State's Scholarship Website and search for "WISE" and apply.
Past Scholarship Winners
Sixth Annual WISE Scholarship Award - 2016
Amanda's research focuses on behavior-based neuroactive drug discovery in order to improve the quality of medications to treat and manage mental illnesses and neurological disease. Due to the gaps in understanding of the central nervous system and how diseases and disorders work, there are many undesirable side effects associated with the limited effective drugs used today. She uses zebrafish, which are a great animal model due to their low cost, fast lifecycle, blood brain barrier, and similarity to humans, to run high throughput screens. She determines if a drug is neuroactive when it changes the behavior of the fish that are treated. From there, the lab investigates a drug further in order to find out the molecular processes behind the drug interactions. Utilizing computational methods like similar ensemble approach (SEA) she can make accurate predictions of drug receptor interactions which can help to learn more about how these multi-target drugs truly work.
Fifth Annual WISE Scholarship Award - 2015
Crystal Weaver, an M.S. candidate in Marine Science (Advisor: Kathy Boyer, Biology & Romberg Tiburon Center)
Crystal is a coastal ecologist who is highly driven by her desire to improve ecological restoration techniques through research. Her Masters thesis work on eelgrass restoration led her into the microbiology field, as she investigated the role of sediment microbiomes in eelgrass transplant survival. Since discovering a new appreciation for microscopic organisms, she has become a microbiology research associate with DuPont Pioneer where she continues to tackle real world problems with research based solutions.
Fourth Annual WISE Scholarship Award - 2014
Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology graduate student, Cara Gallagher (Advisors: Ellen Hines, Geography & Environment, & Jon Stern, Biology)
The committee was impressed that her application included a strong research proposal, as well as a long-range vision of where her research will go. Cara is a first generation college student and has shown both commitment and enthusiasm for her chosen discipline not only by her research experiences, but also by her volunteer and community outreach experiences.
Cara Gallagher is a Master’s candidate at San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. She is currently working with Golden Gate Cetacean Research on the San Francisco Bay harbor porpoise project. Cara is investigating the potential amount of energy removed by harbor porpoises from SF Bay waters and transferred to the coast. As returning predators in SF Bay, it is important to place porpoises back into the context of the SF Bay food web. Cara is also currently working as a research associate with a startup that is investigating the impacts of climate change on mussels and harbor seals in Bodega, California.
Third Annual WISE Scholarship Award - 2013
Earth & Climate Sciences Department graduate student, Emma Beck (Advisor: Mary Leech)
Emma's thesis research involved developing a multi-dimensional characterization of the Greater Himalayan Sequence (GHS), the high-grade metamorphic core of the Himalayas. She used the pressure, temperature, time, and deformation (P-T-t-d) histories to model the evolution of the GHS.
Since graduating, she has been hired by Occidental Petroleum as a petroleum geologist and is currently working in Long Beach, CA for their spin-off company California Resources Corporation in the Wilmington oil field.
Second Annual WISE Scholarship Award - 2012
Physics & Astronomy Department graduate student, Diana Juarez Madera (Advisor: Joe Barranco)
Diana's master’s thesis revolved around the possibility of dust trapping inside giant gas vortices in protoplanetary disk to close the gap in our understanding of planet formation. Presently, she is an Aeronautics and Astronautics PhD student at Stanford University. As part of the Space Environment and Satellite Systems (SESS) research group, She studies plasma physics and the effects of space weather in spacecraft as well as space energy harvesting.
First Annual WISE Scholarship Award - 2011
Geography Department graduate student, Michelle Slocombe (Advisor: Jerry Davis)
Michelle Slocombe received her Master’s degree in Geography: Resource Management and Environmental Planning from San Francisco State University. Her research focused on examining the geomorphic features of small montane meadow streams in the Sierra Nevada and applying those findings to meadow restorations.
Michelle currently works as an Environmental Scientist at CalRecycle in Sacramento, where she works on food waste technology, such as anaerobic digestion, and other innovative ways to encourage source reduction, reuse, and recycling.