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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?

Watch the 2022 Top Ten Scholars Award Ceremony

2022 Honorees

  • Emma Cameron

    Emma Cameron

    College of Engineering

    Degree: Mechanical Engineering with a Mechanical Design Certificate

    Future Plans: Begin a job in the Development at Program at 4 Wheel Parts in San Diego, CA and work with the production of aftermarket off-road parts. The program rotates through the Quality, Manufacturing and Engineering departments.

    Honored Faculty: Sarah Haight, Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

    Scholarships: GLO Scholarship Fund, Gem Scholarship, The Paula B and Oliver W, Jones Family Foundation, Stephen Bufton Memorial Fund, Brown Engineering Scholarship, ISTS Scholarship

    Escondido, California

    Degree: Mechanical Engineering with a Mechanical Design Certificate

    Future Plans: Begin a job in the Development at Program at 4 Wheel Parts in San Diego, CA and work with the production of aftermarket off-road parts. The program rotates through the Quality, Manufacturing and Engineering departments.

    Honored Faculty: Sarah Haight, Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

    Scholarships: GLO Scholarship Fund, Gem Scholarship, The Paula B and Oliver W, Jones Family Foundation, Stephen Bufton Memorial Fund, Brown Engineering Scholarship, ISTS Scholarship

  • Grace Hall

    Grace Hall

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with minors in Arabic, Political Science, and Global Studies

    Future Plans: Teach English abroad in Jordan through the Fulbright Scholarship program and pursue a career in diplomacy in the Middle East with a focus on development, women, and education

    Honored Faculty: Kate Huebschmann, Fellowship Advisor, Boise State Honors College

    Scholarships: Dean’s Scholarship, GLO Scholarship, Frank Church Scholarship

    Meridian, Idaho

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with minors in Arabic, Political Science, and Global Studies

    Future Plans: Teach English abroad in Jordan through the Fulbright Scholarship program and pursue a career in diplomacy in the Middle East with a focus on development, women, and education

    Honored Faculty: Kate Huebschmann, Fellowship Advisor, Boise State Honors College

    Scholarships: Dean’s Scholarship, GLO Scholarship, Frank Church Scholarship

  • Chi Nguyen

    College of Business and Economics

    Degree: Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Human Resource Management with a minor in Psychology

    Future Plans: Pursue a Ph.D. in Organizational Behaviors at Oklahoma State University doing research on how women of color manage their identities in the workplace and how this opens doors to people with subordinating identities

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Liam Patrick Maher, Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Boise State College of Business and Economics

    Scholarships: International Student Scholarship, Khang and Friends Scholarship, Global Excellence Scholarship, COBE Advisory Board Scholarship, Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley Renda Sullivan Memorial Scholarship, Dean’s Excellence Fund Scholarship

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Degree: Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Human Resource Management with a minor in Psychology

    Future Plans: Pursue a Ph.D. in Organizational Behaviors at Oklahoma State University doing research on how women of color manage their identities in the workplace and how this opens doors to people with subordinating identities

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Liam Patrick Maher, Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Boise State College of Business and Economics

    Scholarships: International Student Scholarship, Khang and Friends Scholarship, Global Excellence Scholarship, COBE Advisory Board Scholarship, Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley Renda Sullivan Memorial Scholarship, Dean’s Excellence Fund Scholarship

  • Ally Orr

    Ally Orr

    College of Business and Economics

    Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration
    in Marketing

    Future Plans: Business Intelligence Analyst at Applied Materials, later on Law School

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Michal Temkin Martinez, Chair and Professor, Linguistics

    Scholarships: Gem Scholarship, ISTS Scholarship, Scholarship America, Spirit Squad

    Vancouver, Washington

    Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration
    in Marketing

    Future Plans: Business Intelligence Analyst at Applied Materials, later on Law School

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Michal Temkin Martinez, Chair and Professor, Linguistics

    Scholarships: Gem Scholarship, ISTS Scholarship, Scholarship America, Spirit Squad

  • Audrey Parker

    College of Engineering

    Degree: Bachelor of Science in materials science and engineering with an emphasis in chemistry and sustainability

    Future Plans: Pursue a Ph.D. in environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to research advanced strategies for greenhouse gas removal

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Paul Davis, Surface Science Lab Manager, Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering

    Scholarships: Presidential Scholarship, Capital Scholars Textbook Scholarship, Alumni Legacy Scholarship, Scholarship America, Brown Engineering Award, Materials Science and Engineering Award

    Boise, Idaho

    Degree: Bachelor of Science in materials science and engineering with an emphasis in chemistry and sustainability

    Future Plans: Pursue a Ph.D. in environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to research advanced strategies for greenhouse gas removal

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Paul Davis, Surface Science Lab Manager, Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering

    Scholarships: Presidential Scholarship, Capital Scholars Textbook Scholarship, Alumni Legacy Scholarship, Scholarship America, Brown Engineering Award, Materials Science and Engineering Award

  • Annika Valerie Rift

    Annika Rift

    College of Engineering

    Degree: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

    Future Plans: Become a professor and pursue a career in computer science research

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Cathie Olschanowsky, Associate Professor, Computer Science Department and Principal Investigator of Adapt Lab

    Scholarships: Presidential Scholarship

    Boise, Idaho

    Degree: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

    Future Plans: Become a professor and pursue a career in computer science research

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Cathie Olschanowsky, Associate Professor, Computer Science Department and Principal Investigator of Adapt Lab

    Scholarships: Presidential Scholarship

  • Sierra Sandison

    Sierra Sandison

    College of Engineering

    Degree: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Computer Science, Minor in Biomedical Engineering, Minor in Applied Mathematics, Certificate of Mechatronics, Certificate of Mechanical Design

    Future Plans: Expand her current 3D printing company, 3D PrinTcess, LLC and hire her first employee.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Krishna Pakala, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

    Scholarships: Presidential Scholarship, Capital Scholars Textbook Scholarship, ID Robert R. Lee Promise, Miss Idaho Scholarship Program, Spirit Squad

    Twin Falls, Idaho

    Degree: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Computer Science, Minor in Biomedical Engineering, Minor in Applied Mathematics, Certificate of Mechatronics, Certificate of Mechanical Design

    Future Plans: Expand her current 3D printing company, 3D PrinTcess, LLC and hire her first employee.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Krishna Pakala, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

    Scholarships: Presidential Scholarship, Capital Scholars Textbook Scholarship, ID Robert R. Lee Promise, Miss Idaho Scholarship Program, Spirit Squad

  • Cade Michael Solich

    Cade Solich

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Degree: Bachelor of Science in biology with a cellular, molecular, and biomedical emphasis

    Future Plans: Apply to medical school and practice medicine while working toward improving healthcare access

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Ken Cornell, Professor, Department of Chemistry

    Scholarships: Presidential Scholarship, Capital Scholars Textbook Scholarship

    Eagle, Idaho

    Degree: Bachelor of Science in biology with a cellular, molecular, and biomedical emphasis

    Future Plans: Apply to medical school and practice medicine while working toward improving healthcare access

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Ken Cornell, Professor, Department of Chemistry

    Scholarships: Presidential Scholarship, Capital Scholars Textbook Scholarship

  • Claire Joan Vaage

    Claire Vaage

    School of Public Service

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Biology

    Future Plans: Pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences to study and inform the conservation of threatened and endangered Pacific salmonids.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Jared Talley, Clinical Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

    Scholarships: Dean’s Scholarship, Langroise Honors Scholarship, Capital Scholar Textbook Scholarship, Philanthropic Education Organization STAR Scholarship, Ruth McBriney, Idaho Opportunity Scholarship, GLO Scholarship, Robert & Brenda Atkinson

    Boise, Idaho

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Biology

    Future Plans: Pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences to study and inform the conservation of threatened and endangered Pacific salmonids.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Jared Talley, Clinical Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

    Scholarships: Dean’s Scholarship, Langroise Honors Scholarship, Capital Scholar Textbook Scholarship, Philanthropic Education Organization STAR Scholarship, Ruth McBriney, Idaho Opportunity Scholarship, GLO Scholarship, Robert & Brenda Atkinson

  • Kate Alexandra Weis

    Kate Weis

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Degree: Bachelor of Science from the Honors College with a degree in Sociology with a minor in Gender Studies and a certificate in Human Rights

    Future Plans: Pursue her Masters of Human Rights at Columbia University or the University of Minnesota in the fall to gain more knowledge to continue to advocate for all people to help make our communities more equitable, diverse, and inclusive.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Lisa McClain, Professor, Department of History and Gender Studies

    Scholarships: Gem Scholarship, Steve Patrick Memorial Scholarship in Sociology, Patrick Sociology Scholarship, Dorman Women’s Studies, Drs. Ed and Mary Ann, Reynolds Honors College Scholarship, PEO Star Scholarship Recipient, Ford Salute to Education Scholarship Recipient, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Scholarship Recipient 

    Encinitas, California

    Degree: Bachelor of Science from the Honors College with a degree in Sociology with a minor in Gender Studies and a certificate in Human Rights

    Future Plans: Pursue her Masters of Human Rights at Columbia University or the University of Minnesota in the fall to gain more knowledge to continue to advocate for all people to help make our communities more equitable, diverse, and inclusive.

    Honored Faculty: Dr. Lisa McClain, Professor, Department of History and Gender Studies

    Scholarships: Gem Scholarship, Steve Patrick Memorial Scholarship in Sociology, Patrick Sociology Scholarship, Dorman Women’s Studies, Drs. Ed and Mary Ann, Reynolds Honors College Scholarship, PEO Star Scholarship Recipient, Ford Salute to Education Scholarship Recipient, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Scholarship Recipient