Congratulations to Jonathan Robinson Anthony for Pre-Doctoral Scholarship!

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 10:28

Congratulations to Jonathan Robinson Anthony on being chosen as a Scholar in the prestigious Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Program! Jonathan is a second year graduate student in the CD graduate program who is conducting his thesis research on phonological development in Spanish/English-speaking bilingual children. He offered the following Q & A about the Pre-Doctoral experience and advice for other CD students who might be interested in applying for the scholarship.

1. What is the CSU Pre-Doctoral Program?

The Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the diversity of potential university faculty from which the California State University draws its faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of students. A special emphasis is placed on increasing the number of CSU students who enter graduate programs at one of the University of California campuses and pursue a doctoral program in their field of study.

Each student selected is designated a Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar and works closely with a CSU faculty mentor to develop a plan which leads to enrollment in a doctoral program. The plan is tailored to the specific career objectives of the student. 

The program provides travel funds for the student to visit U.S. doctoral-granting institution and/or attend professional meetings. Additionally, the program provides funds for related activities, such as student membership in professional organizations and subscriptions to journals, graduate school application and test fees, GRE preparation, and the cost of minor research materials. The program also fully funds a Summer Research Experience at a University of California or other doctoral granting research university so that the scholar can participate in doctoral-level research.


2. What are your goals as a scholar in the Pre-Doctoral Program?

As a Sally Casanova Scholar, I intend to continue research in the field of bilingual language development and disorders. It is my goal to contribute to the field of communicative disorders as a researcher and an educator. My immediate goals, however, include finishing my master’s thesis on bilingual phonological development, visiting doctoral granting universities, and gaining hands on experience in applied research through the Summer Research Experience. Ultimately, I hope to continue my studies and research at the doctoral level. 


3. How has your experience been so far?

This has been a life changing experience. It has provided me with amazing opportunities to network and travel. I have had the opportunity to present my research interests to recruiters from several top universities across the US at the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education, and I have enjoyed one-on-one time with recruiters at the CSU Pre-Doctoral dinner and reception. Recently, I have traveled to my first choice school and spoken with potential faculty mentors for doctoral studies; I felt well equipped with my CSU Pre-Doctoral business cards and fully funded Summer Research Experience on hand.


4. What advice would you give to other students in the CD program who might be interested in applying for the Pre-Doctoral Program?

The best advice I have is to start early with the application and utilize the feedback from faculty mentors and program coordinator. Applications are typically due in late February, so start writing the required essays early enough to make multiple revisions. The committee takes into consideration multiple aspects of all applications, including academic record, written communication skills, letter from sponsor, and realistic budget for scholarship funds; however, gain an edge in writing strong letters explaining research interests, teaching interests, and personal journey to such interests. Additionally, talk to current and previous scholars about their experiences, and of course, consult the Fellowship Office and website for important links, forms, and deadlines.