Admins

Trinh K. Pham, Ph.D.
Director, Honors College

Trinh PhamDr. Pham earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from UC Irvine, and joined the Mechanical Engineering department at Cal State LA in 2007. In addition to teaching and being actively engaged in aerospace and sustainable energy research, she was the Director of the Professional Practice Program for over three years, developing and implementing an industry-sponsored capstone program for the ECST College.

Dr. Pham joined the Honors College in September 2013, as Associate Director. Having been a product of accelerated education in primary and secondary school, she highly values and understands the need to provide gifted students with the mechanism to thrive in a challenging academic environment, surrounded by like-minded peers and mentors. She has carried these values with her into her current role as director of the Honors College.

Scott Wells, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Honors College

Scott WellsDr. Scott Wells is the Associate Director for the Honors College.  He is also a Professor with the Department of History at Cal State LA, where he has taught medieval and early-modern European history, world history, history of science, and comparative religious studies.  He has taught the upper-division social sciences course for the Honors College students.

Dr. Wells received his BA from Columbia University and his PhD in history from New York University.  He researches medieval monastic thought, including how monks and nuns wrote about world history, embodiment, and the meanings of human difference over time.

Richard Maddox, Ed.D.
Director, Early Entrance Program

maddox profileRichard Maddox is the Director and principal advisor for the Early Entrance Program. He has 20 years of experience working with highly gifted early entrants and holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from USC. His research centers on the importance of engagement, motivation and self-regulation in student achievement and on the important roles played by peers, parents, faculty in the development of gifted adolescents into involved citizens and scholars.


 

Marylu Castillo
Academic Advisor and Admissions Coordinator, Honors College

Marylu Ms. Castillo earned her BA in Psychology and her MS in Counseling, with an option in School Leadership and Counseling, from Cal State LA. Prior to becoming an academic advisor, she worked as a research assistant for the Psychology Department and as a student assistant at the University Academic Advisement Center. Her expertise in advisement encompasses general education requirements, university requirements, and university policies and procedures. As a result of her passion to promote student success on campus, she helped establish, and is a member of, the Academic Advisement Council (AAC). In addition, she sponsors several student organizations on the Cal State LA campus.

Jessica Rodriguez
Program Coordinator, Honors College

jessicaJessica is the Program Coordinator for the Honors College. Jessica works closely with the director, faculty, students, and staff of the Honors College to make sure all operations and projects are scheduled, planned, and implemented effectively. Jessica enjoys seeing the development and high quality results of projects/events completed from beginning to end. As a proud alumna of Cal State LA, with a passion for history, all-things Game of Thrones, photography, and design, Jessica enjoys being a part of the campus community.

 

Isabelle Garcia
Program Assistant, Early Entrance Program

isabelleIsabelle is the Program Assistant for EEP and oversees the day-to-day operations of the office. She coordinates all events for the program, including the biannual (SEAA) Search for Exceptional Academic Achievement talent search program. Isabelle has been a part of Cal State LA for 4 years, and joined the EEP and Honors College in April 2011. In the spirit of growth and success within her person and the program, Isabelle has recently completed her Master's in Public Administration at Cal State LA.

 


Sadie Rubalcava
Honors Student Assistant

SadieSadie is a Student Assistant for the Honors College. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in History. Sadie is also the Steering Committee Representative for the Academic Honors Association, the Treasurer for The Young Americans for Freedom, and along with a group of peers is creating a Young Americans for Liberty chapter. She aspires to one day be an American Government teacher at a high school or work for the federal government. She regularly engages in political debates and enjoys spreading her views to students who might have never heard of them. In the Honors College, Sadie assists the administration and Honors faculty with daily tasks, in addition to, events, recruitment, and inter-department communication.

Lillie Nally
EEP Student Assistant

SadieLillie is the Student Assistant for the Early Entrance Program. She is currently in her last year of undergrad and pursuing a degree in Nutritional Science. Her goal is go to graduate school and become a Registered Dietitian. She is a member of the Student Dietetic Association and she volunteers weekly at AIDS Project LA. In the Early Entrance Program, Lillie helps the EEPsters, assists administration with daily tasks, including events, recruitment, and inter-department communication.
 

 

Elan "Violette" Studebaker
Honors Student Assistant

ElanElan is a student assistant for the Honors College and is also an honors scholar. She is working towards a Bachelor of Arts in History, and aspires to become a museum curator or archivist. She has an interest in ancient history. She is on the executive board of her sorority, Delta Zeta, and is currently the Secretary of her chapter. In the Honors College, Elan assists the administration and Honors faculty with daily tasks, in addition to, events, recruitment, and inter-department communication.

 

 

Caitlin Zarate
Honors Student Assistant

CaitlinCaitlin is a Student Assistant for the Honors College. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, aspiring to be a Forensic Anthropologist. She is the Marketing Director for the Academic Honors Association, where she works to unite the Honors College community through various events throughout the school year. Caitlin is very passionate about painting, science, anything Steven Universe, and engagement within the campus community, especially the Honors College. Caitlin assists the administration and Honors faculty with daily tasks, in addition to, events, recruitment, and inter-department communication.

Benjamin Lundblade
Honors Student Assistant

BenBenjamin Lundblade is a Student Assistant for the Honors College. He is an Honors Scholar, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with the goal of working in the ER in a major hospital. He is a leader in the co-ed service Fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, where he actively serves the  campus, community, and nation. In the Honors College, Ben assists the administration and Honors faculty with daily tasks, in addition to, events, recruitment, and inter-department communication.