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, 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
ShaKayla Moran knows it takes more than good grades to be a Top Ten Scholar at Boise State. Backing her up are her research and outreach efforts.
Through several fellowships and a National Science Foundation grant, she has studied strengthening engineering curricula, presenting her research at several conferences and in a lightning talk during the 2021 Undergraduate Research Conference.
As an Honors College student, Moran has participated in two TRIO programs and the National Science Foundation Gateway Scholars Program in biology, taking on leadership roles and mentoring other students.
Moran is a first-generation college student, and the first in her family to earn a degree. She has held three student jobs while attending classes full-time, and taught science to at-risk youth for three summers through the TRIO Upward Bound program. Through it all, she learned perseverance and developed an interest in topics she will pursue in her graduate studies: inequities in education, and STEM curricula that meet the needs of a diverse set of learners and the next generation of scientists.
2021 Virtual Award Ceremony
The honorees listed below, along with their honored faculty, will be recognized at our 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.