Claire Kunesh (Wayne Gressett Memorial Minority Scholarship Award), Miami University, Oxford, OH
Claire Kunesh is currently pursuing a Master's and Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology at Miami University. Claire earned her Bachelor's degree from the American University of Paris, where she double majored in Psychology and Economics. Her interests include improving the academic and social outcomes of students who are ethnic, linguistic and/or socioeconomic minorities. She is also interested in the role of sports in enhancing the well-being of young girls. After graduating from Miami, she hopes to work with a multilingual community and eventually pursue doctoral studies.
Karina Ortega (NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program Award), University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
Karina Ortega is currently pursuing her Master of Education degree in School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stanford University in 2006. While there, Karina helped coordinate a tutoring program for low-income children and obtained her teaching credential with an emphasis in bilingual education. In recent years, Karina worked as a behavioral consultant with parents of children with autism. Her future goals are to help bridge cultural and linguistic divides across home and school settings and to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their highest potential through education.
Ho Yan “Bomly” Tsuen (The Pearson Minority Scholarship Award), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Bomly is an immigrant from Hong Kong and a first-generation college student. Her professional aspirations consolidated during her undergraduate research involvement with projects that aimed to increase at-risk students’ and ELLs’ literacy skills. Her aspiration is to lessen the gap between research and practice in attempts to help all children obtain a high-quality education, particularly students from low socioeconomic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds. Additionally, she intends to infuse diversity and cultural awareness in school-based settings. Bomly is currently attending UNC-CH and working as a research assistant on the “Center for Early Care and Education Research: Dual Language Learners” project.
Ellina Xiong (Deborah Peek Crockett Minority Scholarship Award), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN
Ellina Xiong received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Macalester College in 2009. Currently she is attending the University of Minnesota where she is pursuing an Educational Specialist degree. At the University of Minnesota, she works as a graduate research assistant under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer McComas. As a graduate research assistant, she conducts interventions to improve the reading fluency of students. She finds the research project stimulating and highly rewarding. Her career aspirations are to work as a practitioner in an urban school district and conduct research on improving the educational outcomes of Hmong American students.