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Top Ten Scholars

Recognizing Excellence in the Classroom

Top Ten Scholars

Presented by the Boise State Alumni Association and Boise State Honors College, the Top Ten Scholar Award is one of the highest academic honors granted to a Boise State University undergraduate student. Each spring the recipients are recognized, along with their honored faculty, at the annual Top Ten Scholars Award Ceremony.

What Makes a Top Ten Scholar?

May 6, 2021

2021 Virtual Award Ceremony

The honorees listed below, along with their honored faculty, will be recognized at our live-streamed virtual Top Ten Scholars Award Ceremony on Thursday, May 6 on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Fill out the form below to register and receive notifications about this live virtual event.

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2021 Honorees

  • Katie Carter-Cram

    Kate Carter-Cram

    College of Arts and Sciences, School of Public Service

    Hometown: Eagle, Idaho
    Degree:  Bachelor of Arts, Global Studies
    Future Plans: Carter-Cram would like to enroll in a Ph.D. program in international development economics and build economic development policy, with an emphasis on incorporating user research methods and gender inequality.
    Honored Faculty: Dr. Melissa Keith, Lecturer, Department of English; Director, Boise State Writing

    Hometown: Eagle, Idaho
    Degree:  Bachelor of Arts, Global Studies
    Future Plans: Carter-Cram would like to enroll in a Ph.D. program in international development economics and build economic development policy, with an emphasis on incorporating user research methods and gender inequality.
    Honored Faculty: Dr. Melissa Keith, Lecturer, Department of English; Director, Boise State Writing

  • Grace Coughlin

    Grace H. Coughlin

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Hometown: Bonners Ferry, Idaho
    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Biology
    Future Plans: Coughlin wants to apply to medical school and practice medicine while improving healthcare access.
    Honored Faculty: Dr. Don Warner, Professor, Department of Chemistry

    Hometown: Bonners Ferry, Idaho
    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Biology
    Future Plans: Coughlin wants to apply to medical school and practice medicine while improving healthcare access.
    Honored Faculty: Dr. Don Warner, Professor, Department of Chemistry

  • Sierra Kistler

    Sierra Kistler

    College of Health Sciences

    Hometown: Wasilla, Alaska
    Degree:  Bachelor of Science, Health Studies
    Future Plans: After pursuing a Master’s in Public Health, Kistler will attend medical school and return to her home state of Alaska to improve healthcare access for all.
    Honored Faculty: Dr. Sandina Begic, Researcher, Center for Health Policy

    Hometown: Wasilla, Alaska
    Degree:  Bachelor of Science, Health Studies
    Future Plans: After pursuing a Master’s in Public Health, Kistler will attend medical school and return to her home state of Alaska to improve healthcare access for all.
    Honored Faculty: Dr. Sandina Begic, Researcher, Center for Health Policy

  • Mia Klopfenstein

    Mia Klopfenstein

    College of Engineering

    Hometown: Meridian, Idaho
    Degree:  Bachelor of Science, Materials Science and Engineering
    Future Plans: Klopfenstein will pursue a Ph.D. in materials science to research energy solutions for climate change, and become an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow.
    Honored Faculty: Dr. Eric Jankowski, Associate Professor, Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering

    Hometown: Meridian, Idaho
    Degree:  Bachelor of Science, Materials Science and Engineering
    Future Plans: Klopfenstein will pursue a Ph.D. in materials science to research energy solutions for climate change, and become an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow.
    Honored Faculty: Dr. Eric Jankowski, Associate Professor, Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering

  • Karla Magaña

    Karla Magaña

    School of Public Service

    Hometown: Rigby, Idaho
    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Political Science
    Future Plans: Magaña’s next step is to pursue a Ph.D. in political science, examining the relationship between American democratic institutions and the Latinx farmworker experience.
    Honored Faculty: Dr. Isaac Castellano, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

    Hometown: Rigby, Idaho
    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Political Science
    Future Plans: Magaña’s next step is to pursue a Ph.D. in political science, examining the relationship between American democratic institutions and the Latinx farmworker experience.
    Honored Faculty: Dr. Isaac Castellano, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

  • Sophia Mitchell

    Sophia Mitchell

    College of Engineering

    Hometown: Eugene, Oregon
    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Materials Science and Engineering
    Future Plans: Mitchell plans to move to Philadelphia to work as a materials and process engineer at Boeing, and eventually earn a master’s degree in business administration and/or aerospace engineering.
    Honored Faculty: Dr. Paul Davis, Surface Science Lab Manager, Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering

    Hometown: Eugene, Oregon
    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Materials Science and Engineering
    Future Plans: Mitchell plans to move to Philadelphia to work as a materials and process engineer at Boeing, and eventually earn a master’s degree in business administration and/or aerospace engineering.
    Honored Faculty: Dr. Paul Davis, Surface Science Lab Manager, Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering

  • ShaKayla Moran

    ShaKayla Moran

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Hometown: Boise, Idaho
    Degree:  Bachelor of Science, Biology, with an emphasis in secondary education
    Future Plans: After graduating from Boise State, Moran wants to pursue an advanced degree in STEM education and address educational inequality, and go on to a career in academia as a teacher and researcher.
    Honored Faculty: Dr. Leslie Atkins Elliott,  Chair, Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Foundational Studies

    Hometown: Boise, Idaho
    Degree:  Bachelor of Science, Biology, with an emphasis in secondary education
    Future Plans: After graduating from Boise State, Moran wants to pursue an advanced degree in STEM education and address educational inequality, and go on to a career in academia as a teacher and researcher.
    Honored Faculty: Dr. Leslie Atkins Elliott,  Chair, Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Foundational Studies

  • Julianne Mori

    Julianne Mori

    College of Education, Alumni Legacy Scholarship Recipient

    Hometown: Boise, Idaho
    Degree:  Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, math endorsement
    Future Plans: Mori wants to pursue a career in education at an Idaho public school, and pursue master’s and doctoral degrees.
    Honored Faculty: Dr. A.J. Zenkert, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, & Foundational Studies

    Hometown: Boise, Idaho
    Degree:  Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, math endorsement
    Future Plans: Mori wants to pursue a career in education at an Idaho public school, and pursue master’s and doctoral degrees.
    Honored Faculty: Dr. A.J. Zenkert, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, & Foundational Studies

  • Olivia Thomas

    Olivia Thomas

    College of Innovation and Design, College of Engineering, Alumni Legacy Scholarship Recipient

    Hometown: Boise, Idaho
    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Computer Science; B.S., Games, Interactive Media and Mobile Technology (GIMM)
    Future Plans: Thomas will begin work at Microsoft as a program manager.
    Honored Faculty: Anthony Ellertson, Chair, Department of Gaming, Interactive Media & Mobile Technology

    Hometown: Boise, Idaho
    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Computer Science; B.S., Games, Interactive Media and Mobile Technology (GIMM)
    Future Plans: Thomas will begin work at Microsoft as a program manager.
    Honored Faculty: Anthony Ellertson, Chair, Department of Gaming, Interactive Media & Mobile Technology

  • Jason Ward, McNair, Studio Portrait

    Jason Ward

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Hometown: Boise, Idaho
    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Physics, with emphasis on biophysics and astrophysics
    Future Plans:  After receiving his Ph.D. in physics and biomolecular science, Ward would like to study membrane and cellular communication for drug-delivery applications, as well as early cellular evolution. He will pursue a postdoctoral position and a university appointment.
    Honored Faculty: Dr. Daniel Fologea, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

    Hometown: Boise, Idaho
    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Physics, with emphasis on biophysics and astrophysics
    Future Plans:  After receiving his Ph.D. in physics and biomolecular science, Ward would like to study membrane and cellular communication for drug-delivery applications, as well as early cellular evolution. He will pursue a postdoctoral position and a university appointment.
    Honored Faculty: Dr. Daniel Fologea, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

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.