Student Achievements

2016 Student Achievements

Jennifer Cruz has been selected by The Fulbright U.S. Student Program which will allow her to travel, live, and conduct public health research in India.

Cruz will conduct a two-part evaluation of electronic cancer-specific education tools developed by ICPO and RTI India intended to increase cancer literacy among community-based healthcare workers in India. “Cancer rates are skyrocketing in India,” Cruz said. “ICPO and RTI have developed a phone app and website to help rural doctors access critical information about cancer and cancer prevention. The research will determine its effectiveness.” She will conduct this research out of RTI India’s extension office located in New Delhi, India. In addition to her own research project, Cruz will assist the clinical research team in conducting women’s health outreach in rural communities outside of New Delhi. This will provide her with an opportunity to directly engage with the same community her project hopes to benefit. Cruz will help to educate women about cancer prevention and how to successfully navigate the healthcare system. To read more about Jennifer Cruz check out this article

Student Recognition Awards

Emma Creegan, Sophomore

The University Mission Awards:  Recognize students who have made outstanding contributions to the university community in areas central to the values in the Seattle University Mission Statement. There are six separate awards each honoring one recipient.  Students who are non-graduating are eligible for these awards.

  • Justice:  Recognizes a student who cares about justice for humans and all living things; is conscious of the far reaching effects of their actions; and works for justice at the local and/or global level through direct service and social change, such as political action, community organizing, or advocacy.     

Jen Cruz, Senior

  • The Blessed Peter Faber Integrity Award:  The Blessed Peter Faber Integrity Award is presented to up to two individuals who demonstrate a commitment to fostering citizenship, integrity, and ethical behavior. Recipients must be involved in activities that promote integrity through social justice, peace, religious, racial, and/or cultural harmony, have the ability to inspire and lead others to distill their values, actively display principles and ideals translating into actions, and are committed to the ethical dimensions as related to the core values fostered at Seattle University.

Katie Gallaher

  • Spirit of the Community Award: Recognizes a student who demonstrates service to the community with dedication, integrity, humility, thoughtful leadership, compassion and soul, and a deep understanding of social justice. Selection is based on a nomination from a faculty member or community partner and an essay written by the student describing how his/her service experience has affected their academic and personal development and contributed to the community. Nominations come from faculty, staff, and community partners.


    Katie Gallagher is a senior psychology major with aspirations to become a teacher. She is a leader within the Seattle University Youth Initiative and works with BaileyGatzert Elementary in the After School Program. She has served as a volunteer, station member and as the leader of the Brain Train Program. Through BrainTrain, she has learned to appreciate the immeasurable impact that teachers make in the lives of young people. She hopes that she can be a role model that cultivates creativity in young people, opens minds and nurtures knowledge.

Naef Scholars

First awarded in 1983 and named after Sue Naef, who left her estate to the university for scholarships upon her death in 1982. Those eligible for the award are nominated by any member of the university community and a full-time student in the Albers School, College of Arts and Science, School of Nursing and Matteo Ricci College. Students in the School of Science and Engineering were eligible for the Naef award until the school received a large endowment in 1995 for scholarship and research.

First year

  • Conner Chung
  • Zeena Rivera
  • Madelaine Pine

Second year

  • Margaret Chvilicek
  • Koji Clark

Ignatian Leaders

The Ignatian Leaders are a cohort of approximately 12 students is selected in recognition of their demonstrated academic, personal and spiritual integration.  These are some of our strongest exemplars of a Seattle University education. Members meet regularly with Seattle University leaders, serve as mentors for peers, meet bi-monthly as a cohort and select projects which contribute back to the university community.  

  • Koji Clark
  • Mariah Gibbs

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