Santa Clara University

Points of Excellence

2011-12 Highlights

According to U.S. News & World Report, SCU was No. 1 among master’s universities in the West for retention rate, or the percentage of freshmen who return for their sophomore year, with 94 percent compared with the national average of 75 percent.

SCU ranked at No. 2 on U.S. News & World Report “Best Undergraduate Teaching” list for master's universities in the West.

The School of Engineering celebrated 100 years of education.

The University celebrated the 50 year milestone of being the first Catholic co-educational institution of higher learning in California to enroll women in the undergraduate program.

The Center for Science,Technology, and Society received funding for two new programs: a $2 million grant from the Noyce Foundation for the Global Social Benefit Fellowship program, and $199,983 from the World Bank Development Marketplace to pilot an online Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™) program.

Ahmed Amer, Computer Engineering, received $109,989 from the National Science Foundation to improve the reliability and scalability of data storage systems.

Mike Carrasco and Amelia Fuller, Chemistry and Biochemistry, received $159,159 from the National Science Foundation to purchase a mass Spectrometer for the analysis of peptides and proteins, facilitating faculty research with undergraduates.

Rose Marie Beebe, Spanish, received a full-year research fellowship award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete an annotated translation and biographical study Mariano Vallejo's 1875 History of Spanish and Mexican California.

Michael Kevane, Economics, received a Fulbright Scholar award to study the development impact of literacy gains in Burkina Faso in West Africa for the 2012-13 school year. He will measure how increased reading of fiction by young people affects certain character traits which are considered vital to spurring economic development.

Sara Soledad Garcia, Education and Counseling Psychology, received an award for a short-term, intensive working visit to a university in Bogotá, Colombia, through the Fulbright Specialist Program. Her work at Universidad Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca focused on incorporating ethics and value systems into teaching, assessment, and research.

Biology Major Nick Fling ’12 received a Fulbright award to analyze the effectiveness of the health care system in El Salvador to guide the impending national reorganization of services.

Athletics received full certification without condition from the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I for the third time running.

Men’s Tennis reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history; and Women's Tennis Player Katie Le ’14 became the first Bronco to play in an NCAA Women's Singles Championship match.

School of Engineering


Michael Kevane


Katie Le '14


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