CSU Los Angeles -- October 15, 2003
Cal State L.A. Students Selected as Office of Naval Research Scholars
Three Cal State L.A. civil engineering undergraduate students have recently
been selected as Office of Naval Research (ONR) Scholars. They are Valerie
Nevarez (Los Angeles resident), Jonathan Janer (Covina resident), and Michael
Soto (Temple City resident).
Neveraz, Janer and Soto were chosen to participate in an ONR Research and
Education grant project conducted by Cal State L.A.'s civil engineering professor
Mark Tufenkjian (Pasadena resident). Over the next three years, the ONR Scholars
will assist Tufenkjian and engineers at the Naval Facilities Engineering Service
Center (NFESC) in Port Hueneme, California, with research topics in Seafloor
Engineering. A reception honoring the ONR Scholars was recently held at Professor
Tufenkjian's home in Pasadena.
All three selected students graduated from San Gabriel Valley high schools with
high academic achievements and have maintained at least a 3.3 G.P.A. as civil
engineering majors at Cal State L.A. Despite their busy academic schedules, the
ONR scholars are actively involved with campus and community activities. Nevarez
is a group leader for the Orientation Program at Cal State L.A., Janer devotes
time to coaching Little League Baseball in Covina, and Soto is a member of the
Cal State L.A. Track and Field Team.
The objective of the ONR Scholar program is to further the education of
undergraduate students by scholarship and participation in the research process.
The students enter into the program as freshmen or sophomores and continue
through their senior year. The students will receive a salary as well as a
stipend to cover tuition, books and research-related travel. A ten-week summer
internship at NFESC is included.
The Office of Naval Research coordinates, executes, and promotes the science
and technology programs of the United States Navy and Marine Corps through
schools, universities, government laboratories, and nonprofit and for-profit
organizations. It provides technical advice to the Chief of Naval Operations and
the Secretary of the Navy and works with industry to improve
technology-manufacturing processes. This year ONR awarded 11 Research and
Education grants. Professor Tufenkjian is the only grant recipient from the
Western U.S. and the only professor from the Civil Engineering discipline. The
award of $594,253 is the largest grant ever received by Cal State L.A.'s
Department of Civil Engineering.
Contact: Carol Selkin, Media Relations Director (323) 343-3044