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Michigan State University nominates five undergraduate students for prestigious awards

East Lansing, Michigan – Michigan State University has nominated five undergraduate students for prestigious awards.

One MSU undergraduate student has been nominated for the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program, a one-year paid research internship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace awarded to 14 graduating seniors or recent graduates. MSU has produced three James C. Gaither Junior Fellows.

Gabriel SandovalMSU’s nominee is:

  • Gabriel Sandoval, an Honors College senior majoring in comparative cultures and politics in James Madison College, and public and professional writing in the College of Arts and Letters with minors in Arabic, and Muslim Studies. He graduated from the Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Four undergraduate students have been nominated for the Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater Foundation seeks sophomores and juniors committed to a research career in STEM fields with the potential for significant future contribution in their chosen field. The award provides $7,500 per year in funding for 51 students for undergraduate tuition and living expenses. MSU has produced 52 Goldwater Scholars.

2023 Goldwater CollageMSU’s nominees are:

  • Emily England, an Honors College junior majoring in materials science and engineering in the College of Engineering. She is from Winfield, Illinois and attended St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Illinois;
  • Victoria (Toria) Fex, an Honors College junior majoring in neuroscience, with a minor in bioethics in Lyman Briggs College. She is from Pleasant Lake, Michigan and attended Northwest High School in Jackson;
  • Samuel Sanderson, an Honors College junior majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology-biotechnology with a minor in pharmacology and toxicology in the College of Natural Science. He is from Lansing, Michigan and attended Bath High School; and
  • Zhan (Jenny) Zhan, a junior majoring in advanced mathematics in the College of Natural Science. She is from Rochester, Michigan and attended Rochester Adams High School.

The National and International Fellowships and Scholarships (NIFS) Office, administered by the Honors College, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students pursue major national and international awards by providing information and direct support throughout the competitive application process.


Christopher P. Long, Ph.D.
MSU Foundation Professor
Dean of the Honors College
Dean of the College of Arts and Letters


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