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Outstanding Students

These Gender Studies students not only exhibit academic excellence, but also serve as examples of the mission of College of the Pacific. They have excelled in the classroom and beyond, whether it's through multiple degrees, research, study abroad or service to their communities. They are the epitome of excellence and champions of the liberal arts. Take a glimpse at some of the Gender Studies program's outstanding students:

Outstanding Gender Studies student Ashley ColomboAshley Colombo

Ashley Colombo is graduating with a BA in English and a minor in Gender Studies. She is a Pacific Humanities Scholar, editor for the literary and arts magazine, Calliope, and the secretary of two Greek organizations, Omega Eta Epsilon and Sigma Tau Delta. Learn more about Ashley>>





Congratulations to our 2016 Outstanding Student

Each year, the Gender Studies program recognizes outstanding students who demonstrate academic excellence.

This May, we recognized the exceptional work of one student with the 2016 Outstanding Student award:

  • Xiaoshan (Vida) Bao

Danielle Cummings receives Phi Beta Kappa prize

Danielle Cummings

Danielle Cummings, who minored in gender studies, was presented with the 2015 "Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Paper Prize" by History Professor Jennifer Helgren.



John Langton

John Langdon  

Congratulations to our Gender Studies student, John Langdon, for receiving the 2014 Fulbright-Nehru Grant! He will be conducting research on the untold story of jazz in India and the African American musicians who left the United States to pursue music careers in the 1920s and 30s. 






Two outstanding Gender Studies alumni, Monica and Theresa Cortez-Guardado, made a film with classmates while obtaining their Master's Degrees in Applied Women's Studies at Claremont Graduate University. The film was for their Visual Research Methods course and explores different views on feminism and how it plays a role in their personal and professional lives.  

Meet Our Outstanding Senior for 2013!

At the end of the year, each of the academic departments and interdisciplinary programs in the College of the Pacific 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.

Chynna Andeola developed her interest in Gender Studies after being introduced to the study of gender in her Sociology courses. Her research projects as a student at Pacific explored gender inequality in the workplace, the visual representation of gender in art, and the social construction of gender. In Spring 2012 she presented her research, "Children's Books as Gender Role Socialization for Preschool-Aged Children," at the Annual Western Departments of Anthropology and Sociology Undergraduate Research Conference at Santa Clara University. Her goal is to begin graduate study in Sociology in Fall 2014 to pursue her research interests in class stratification, feminist theory, and social psychology.