Bailey Russ ’18 and Frankie Capraro ’18 are laying the foundation for an Xbox program that could change how physical therapy patients recover at home.
Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2017 edition of The Rock Hometown: Honolulu, HIMajor: Chemistry (Biology and Economics minor)
Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of The Rock Hometown: Yorba Linda, CAMajor: Physics (Mathematics and English minor)
Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2017 edition of The Rock Hometown: La Habra Heights, CAMajor: Mathematics (Physics minor)
Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2017 edition of The Rock Hometown: Sunnyvale, CAMajor: Kinesiology and Nutrition Science RESEARCH PROJECT: As the Yao Yuan Sze fellow, my research project focuses on the importance of serving the community-dwelling adult population in Whittier. While many students often center around helping children, my goal is to reach out to this senior population that has not received as much attention.
Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2017 edition of The Rock Hometown: Pico Rivera, CAMajor: Environmental Science and Studies CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Peer Mentor • Sustainability Club • Hong Kong Early Childhood Practicum Fellowship • OMEP-Whittier • Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Study Abroad Opportunity, China
With the award of a prestigious national scholarship, Luz Castro ’17 will travel to Argentina this fall to study social movements and human rights.
In a highly competitive presidential election year, three Whittier College students will have the opportunity of a lifetime to experience democracy first-hand at this summer’s presidential national conventions.
Life after Whittier took a global direction for recent graduate Robert Kondo ’15 who began working as an international ambassador for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program upon graduation. Kondo teaches English and strives to foster intercultural understanding through local team teaching in Tokyo.
When physics and astronomy major Destiny Murillo ’17 looks up at the stars at night, she sees more than most people would. This past summer, Murillo, a recipient of a Whittier College Fellowship for Underrepresented Students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education), studied core-collapse supernovae in order to learn more about the life of the progenitor stars.
Recently minted graduate Aimme Real Arrayga '16, has been awarded a Fulbright Award and will study immigrant women's rights in Argentina.
Mario Almaraz '17, an art major, was awarded a prestigious Getty Multicultural Internship at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) this summer.
Alex Hackworth ’16 is a storyteller, part artist, part technician, and aspiring cinematographer who’s made the most of his Whittier experience both on and off campus.
Luz Castro ’17, a first-generation student majoring in Spanish and political science, is headed to Washington, D.C. this summer where she will participate in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's (CHCI) Internship Program. CHCI aims to educate, empower, and connect Latino students in order encourage them to make meaningful impact on their communities as leaders.
Edwin Bennett, a senior majoring in biochemistry, has tutored children in math, presented at a biology academic conference, volunteered at local hospitals, and even found time to build homes in Mexico with Amor Ministries. Next Stop: UCLA's School of Dentistry on a full-tuition scholarship. Major: Biochemistry Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA
More than 100 Whittier College students were recognized for their dedication to academics, service, and leadership at the 2016 Spring Honors Convocation held at the Graham Athletics Center last month.
Amanda Cabanilla, a senior majoring in sociology has a desire to radically transform the world and has been able to thrive as a researcher at Whittier. Next stop: University of Chicago. Major: Sociology major with a minor in religious studies. Hometown: Pomona, CA
Derek Blankenship, a senior majoring in English with an affinity to Chinese and computer science, has been able to thrive as a student newspaper leader at Whittier, with plenty of activities, travel and honors to show for it. Major: English with minors in Chinese and computer science Hometown: Stockton, CA
The OMEP-Whittier College student chapter has been selected for the 2016 Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award, and will be recognized by the World Organization for Early Education (OMEP) this July in Seoul, South Korea.
Andrew Lara '16 was selected to be Whittier College 2016 President of the Day among a talented pool of student applicants. Lara, leads the Asian Student Association and is pursuing undergraduate studies in international business and Chinese.
Whittier College has set a new record this year with five applicants for the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award being recommended by the U.S. National Screening Committee for the next stage of the competition. These five Whittier College students have demonstrated their academic scholarship, capacity for independent study, research or teaching and commitment to community engagement.
Hometown Sacramento, CA Major Kinesiology and Nutrition Science
When Rebecca Lybrand ’07 was tasked with making soil and climate science a relatable and interesting topic to audiences within and outside the scientific community, she decided to put her interdisciplinary skills to work. In short order, she produced an engaging YouTube video that chronicles her day as a soil scientist.
San Diego native Clifton Whittaker ’16 always dreamed of becoming a scientist. As a child he built large contraptions made of Lego bricks. Although he struggled with math and science in high school, because of his dedication and personal attention from Whittier College professors, Whittaker is thriving as a double major in physics and political science and has been awarded a 2015 Richard M.
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Gabriela Salgado ’17 dreams of becoming an ethnic studies college professor and is well on her way to achieving her career goal. The Whittier Scholars Program major and Hawthorne, CA native, is maximizing her opportunities at Whittier College to explore her interests in languages, culture, and social sciences.
Three Whittier College students are spending eight weeks in Xiamen, China this summer interning at Intex, one of China’s major manufacturers and Walmart’s Vendor of the Year.
Even though Mario Almaraz '17 is an art major, he wasn't too familiar with the world history of art or knew how large art institutions functioned.
From the day she set foot on campus as a freshman, Vichi Mercado '14 knew exactly what she wanted to study. And on that same day, she followed her instinct and declared her major in biology.
Hometown: San Gabriel, CA Majors: French and English Stats: NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Undergraduate Fellow, Lead Orientation Intern, Sigma Tau Delta (National English Honors Society), French Table, Dean’s List, Folkloric dancer
Created to honor Whittier College alumnus and former U. S. President Richard M. Nixon ‘34, the Nixon Fellowship Program is designed to prepare exceptional students for informed citizenship and service through internships, scholarship, and research opportunities that echo Nixon's successful legacy in domestic and foreign policy.
Whittier College students were bestowed with various honors from departments and college heads for their dedication to academics and service on Friday, April 24. Professor of Mathematics Jeff Lutgen was honored with the Nerhood Teaching Excellence Award. ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS
Fellows and coordinators from Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship's (MMUF) seven west coast member institutions visited Whittier College for their Annual Regional Undergraduate Conference from October 30 to November 2.
Diving into the fray only weeks after graduation, Hayden Schmidt ‘14 began a Ph.D. program in biology and biomedical science at Harvard University this summer. His first rotation involved working in the laboratory of Dr. Dennis Selkeo, co-director of the Center for Neurologic Disease and the Vincent and Stella Coates Professor of Neurologic Diseases at Harvard Medical School.
A $50,000 grant from the Pitts Family Foundation, aimed to fund opportunities for semester or short-term study abroad, will now offer financial assistance to qualifying African American students from Whittier who would like to participate in an international study experience during their undergraduate years.
In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon '34 signed into law the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act (CDAPCA), a revolutionary statute that initiated America’s “War on Drugs.” More than 40 years later, political science and history double major William Hougan ’14 is seeking to better understand Nixon’s drug policies and their enduring effect, as the 2013-2014 Richard M. Nixon Fellow.
Alumna Kristina Shaw '11 recently completed a 10-month Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Munich, Germany.
Recent graduate Ryan Johnson ’11 was the inaugural Huaqiao Fellow during the 2012-2013 academic year, enrolling in a master’s-level Chinese immersion program at the University in Xiamen, China. Johnson’s fellowship was renewed for 2013–2014; he will be joined by Poonam Narewatt ’13, who begins her Huaqiao Fellowship in September. Johnson and Narewatt are working to achieve fluency in Chinese as they prepare for international careers in business and politics.
Leading tours at the Richard M. Nixon ’34 Presidential Library in Yorba Linda and teaching 10-year-olds about the former president gave Mario Obando ’13, the 2012-13 Whittier College Nixon fellow, great insight into the political career of Whittier’s most famous alumnus.
During her 2011 visit to Whittier College, Linda Biehl '65 challenged students to devote themselves to service and invited them to intern with the Amy Biehl Foundation, an organization she currently directs.
Dozens of Whittier College students were bestowed with various honors from departments and college heads for their dedication to academics and service at the 2013 Spring Honors Convocation. Of note, more than 60 students were recognized for securing academic fellowships and research internships. Click here to see a full list of student honorees. Professor of History and the 2012 Harry W. Nerhood Teaching Excellence Award recipient Elizabeth Sage delivered the keynote address.
Spending a semester cataloging hundreds of photos related to the Richard M. Nixon presidency Melissa Samarin ‘11 found that each of these historical images was a piece to the larger puzzle illustrating his administration.
Three Whittier College seniors have been chosen for top academic fellowships.
Environmental science major Amanda Edwards '13 (right) has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact — a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.
Bryanna Benedetti ‘11 is heading off to Sri Lanka this fall to conduct research on the role that youth organizations play in achieving lasting peace in a post-war Sri Lankan society as part of her 2011 Fulbright Fellowship.
With increasing support from a number of different foundations, organizations, and individuals, Whittier College has seen the number of awarded student fellowships grow significantly over the last few years.
As Whittier College endeavors to strengthen its curricula in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines, securing resources for student fellowships has become a key priority. Two donors have recently partnered with the College to help it provide valuable summer research opportunities to some of its most promising students in the sciences.
Standing shoulder to shoulder from 3:30 a.m. until noon in freezing temperatures, Richard M. Nixon Fellows Daniel Jacob Kulick ’13 and Carlee Shults ’14 patiently awaited a moment that would mark American history. That moment: the 2013 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama.
"Culture can be one of the most sensitive and private topics, but to share it is possibly one of the most rewarding things." HOMETOWN: Kingston, Jamaica MAJOR: English & Child Development MINOR: Psychology
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Fascinated with Argentine history and culture, Veronica Moreno '12 will be headed south in spring 2013 to participate in the Fulbright Teaching Assistantship program, which involves spending at least 20 hours a week helping teach English language at an assigned foreign school.