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Top Ten Scholars

Watch the 2020 Virtual Award Ceremony

Ten outstanding Boise State University graduating seniors were recognized for their exceptional academic success at the annual Top Ten Scholars Award Ceremony on Thursday, May 7, 2020 in a first-ever virtual event held on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Watch the completely re-imagined ceremony below.

The Top Ten Scholars Award is presented by the Boise State Alumni Association and the Honors College.

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2020 Honorees

  • Chapman_Headshot-2 - Tyler Chapman

    Tyler Chapman

    College of Innovation and Design

    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Games, Interactive Media, and Mobile, Bachelor of Business Administration, Information Technology Management

    Future Plans: Chapman will begin working full-time as a software engineer in North Carolina, developing Virtual Reality collaboration tools for medical researchers.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Anthony Ellertson

    Hagerman, Idaho

    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Games, Interactive Media, and Mobile, Bachelor of Business Administration, Information Technology Management

    Future Plans: Chapman will begin working full-time as a software engineer in North Carolina, developing Virtual Reality collaboration tools for medical researchers.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Anthony Ellertson

  • Erica Korbel

    Erica Korbel

    College of Health Sciences

    Degree:  Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology with a pre-allied health emphasis

    Future Plans:  Korbel plans to gain exposure to healthcare systems working as a nursing assistant, with future plans to attend medical school.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Christopher Hyer

    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Degree:  Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology with a pre-allied health emphasis

    Future Plans:  Korbel plans to gain exposure to healthcare systems working as a nursing assistant, with future plans to attend medical school.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Christopher Hyer

  • Austin Lamb

    Austin Lamb

    College of Arts and Sciences, Alumni Legacy Scholarship Recipient

    Degree:  Bachelor of Science, Political Science, Public Law and Political Philosophy emphasis and Spanish

    Future Plans:  Lamb has accepted a fellowship to study Political Theory at Boston College, which he will attend after a year of service in AmeriCorps through Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. He aims to become a university professor.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Scott Yenor

    Fargo, North Dakota

    Degree:  Bachelor of Science, Political Science, Public Law and Political Philosophy emphasis and Spanish

    Future Plans:  Lamb has accepted a fellowship to study Political Theory at Boston College, which he will attend after a year of service in AmeriCorps through Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. He aims to become a university professor.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Scott Yenor

  • Tanya Lu, McNair Scholar, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

    Tonglin (Tanya) Lu

    College of Engineering

    Degree:  Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering

    Future Plans: Lu will be pursuing a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Kris Campbell

    Degree:  Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering

    Future Plans: Lu will be pursuing a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Kris Campbell

  • Arlen Donald, Engineering, facutly/staff, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla Grover

    Daniele Moro

    College of Engineering, Alumni Legacy Scholarship Recipient

    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Computer Science

    Future Plans: Moro will begin working full-time at Google as a software engineer conducting machine learning research for YouTube and Stadia. He plans to do a part-time master’s degree in machine learning, and a Ph.D. in natural language processing in the near future.

    Honored Faculty: Kate Huebschmann

    Avezzano, Italy

    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Computer Science

    Future Plans: Moro will begin working full-time at Google as a software engineer conducting machine learning research for YouTube and Stadia. He plans to do a part-time master’s degree in machine learning, and a Ph.D. in natural language processing in the near future.

    Honored Faculty: Kate Huebschmann

  • Kendra Noneman

    Kendra Noneman

    College of Engineering

    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Materials Science and Engineering

    Future Plans: Noneman will pursue a Ph.D. in neural computation and machine learning at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and possibly compete in Olympic weightlifting competitions.

    Honored Faculty: Eric Jankowski, PhD

    Eagle, Idaho

    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Materials Science and Engineering

    Future Plans: Noneman will pursue a Ph.D. in neural computation and machine learning at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and possibly compete in Olympic weightlifting competitions.

    Honored Faculty: Eric Jankowski, PhD

  • Novich_Kaelee_Headshot - Kaelee Novich

    Kaelee Novich

    College of Engineering

    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

    Future Plans: Novich plans to earn a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering with an emphasis in nuclear engineering and policy management at Boise State.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Brian Jaques

    Nampa, Idaho

    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

    Future Plans: Novich plans to earn a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering with an emphasis in nuclear engineering and policy management at Boise State.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Brian Jaques

  • Emily Pape

    Emily Pape

    School of Public Service, Alumni Legacy Scholarship Recipient

    Degree:  Bachelor of Arts, Global Studies and Economics

    Future Plans: Pape will attend the University of Chicago to pursue a master’s degree in public policy.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Brian Wampler

    Boise, Idaho

    Degree:  Bachelor of Arts, Global Studies and Economics

    Future Plans: Pape will attend the University of Chicago to pursue a master’s degree in public policy.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Brian Wampler

  • Savannah Willits

    Savannah Willits

    School of Public Service

    Degree:  Bachelor of Arts, Urban Studies and Community Development

    Future Plans:  Willits will continue to strengthen ties across disciplines, communities, and eras by pursuing a joint master’s degree in architectural history and a law degree in historic preservation.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Samia Islam

    Boise, Idaho

    Degree:  Bachelor of Arts, Urban Studies and Community Development

    Future Plans:  Willits will continue to strengthen ties across disciplines, communities, and eras by pursuing a joint master’s degree in architectural history and a law degree in historic preservation.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Samia Islam

  • Georgia-Zacest

    Georgia Zacest

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts, History and English Literature

    Future Plans: Zacest will begin law school in the fall 2020, with hopes to pursue a legal career focused on expanding social justice through public interest and human rights law.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Shelton Woods

    Auckland, New Zealand

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts, History and English Literature

    Future Plans: Zacest will begin law school in the fall 2020, with hopes to pursue a legal career focused on expanding social justice through public interest and human rights law.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Shelton Woods