Dr. Celina Barba-Simic Biology Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Steven Oppenheimer
(Spring 2020 Award) The Dr. Celina Barba-Simic Biology Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Steven Oppenheimer was created to support an undergraduate student with demonstrated financial need who is conducting laboratory research in the Department of Biology.
Applicants should be high-achieving undergraduate students with financial need. Must also be performing laboratory research in the Department of Biology.
*Preference will be given to students who come from disadvantaged economic and/or educational backgrounds and first-generation students who have been involved with or played leadership roles in campus activities and/or service to the community.
Dr. Celina Barba-Simic, M.D., is Co-Medical Director of Burbank Emergency Medical Group at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California. She and her husband Dr. John Simic, who is also an Emergency Medicine physician at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, have four children. Dr. Barba-Simic graduated from CSUN in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Cellular and Molecular Biology. As the eldest of four children, she was the first in her family to attend college, paying for it herself while living at home to help care for her siblings. While at CSUN, she received a MARC (Minority Access to Energy-Related Careers) Fellowship allowing her to work in Dr. Steven Oppenheimer’s lab and at the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory. She was an active member of Minority Achievers in Science and Chicanos in Community Medicine, served as a senator in the Associated Student Body, and was a representative to the Student Health Advisory Committee. Dr. Barba-Simic received multiple scholarships while at CSUN as well as the Graduating Student of the Year Award and the Minority Achievers in Science Student of the Year Award. She has generously created this scholarship in gratitude for the impact that CSUN had on her and in honor of Dr. Steven Oppenheimer and his extensive contributions to mentoring students in laboratory research.
*Must be an undergraduate student
*Must be enrolled in 6 units or more for the Spring 2020 term.
*Must be a Biology major.
*Must be performing laboratory research in the Department of Biology.
*Must have a current FAFSA or California Dream Act application on file.
*Must provide a personal statement, emphasizing your research participation in Biology at CSUN, as well as any information you deem relevant regarding your background and leadership in campus activities and/or community service.
- Letters of recommendation must be submitted on my behalf via the myMatador Scholarships portal.
One letter of reference must be submitted by applicants research advisor in Biology; and a second letter of support must be submitted from a CSUN faculty or staff member.
*Upload: A copy of your CSUN unofficial transcript.
*If selected as an opportunity recipient, you agree to write a thank-you letter to the donor(s) and must be willing to meet with the donor(s) or designee(s). Both to be coordinated by the College’s Director of Development.
Note: If you are receiving financial aid (including loans), your financial aid award may be adjusted if you receive this scholarship. Please speak to a financial aid counselor during walk-in hours to get a detailed overview about your individual situation.
Please contact Sonia Martinez at email@example.com should you have any questions regarding this scholarship opportunity.