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Samantha Miles

University of Colorado Denver

Student Support Services

Nominated by Teresa De Herrera

Samantha is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver majoring in Communications and minoring in Political Science. Samantha began her academic studies at the University as a transfer student in spring 2010. She applied and was accepted to the CU Denver TRIO Student Support Services Program at that time. Through the TRIO program, she was assisted in applying to the prestigious Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) program funded through the United Negro College Fund. She was one of 25 fellows selected out of approximately 400 applicants nationwide. Through IIPP, Samantha had the opportunity in summer 2010 to participate in the Howard University, Sophomore Summer Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. taking a highly intensive academic track of classes in international relations, economics and political sciences. She spent the following spring semester 2011 in a study abroad program in Morocco and Tunisia. She was there during the Tunisian revolt and handled the difficulties of that situation with grace and fortitude. While in Tunisia, Samantha facilitated discussions amongst Tunisian women which developed into a research paper on “Women’s capacity building in the democratic transition.”

Upon her return to the United States, Samantha spent her next summer 2011 in the IIPP sponsored “Leadership Institute” at the University of Maryland Graduate School for Public Policy where she engaged in an intensive graduate school level program in policy analysis, economics and leadership training. The following fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters were devoted to her studies at CU Denver. In summer 2012, Samantha participated in a CU Denver sponsored study abroad and service learning program called the “Nobel Cause: Peace and Justice in Guatemala,” where she taught English to junior high and high school students. Currently, Samantha works as a Peer Mentor for our TRIO SSS program. In addition to her mentoring duties, she leads the TRIO SSS sponsored Study Abroad and Scholarship workshops. She also is one of two students selected to sit on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advisory committee. Most recently, she was awarded the 2013 Sonja K. Foss Award for Academic Excellence for her research, “Women’s Voices Will Be Heard: The Global Feminization of Poverty.” Additionally, she was recently nominated for the CU Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences outstanding undergraduate award.

Samantha has been accepted to participate in the Mills College Middlebury Arabic Program in Oakland, CA in summer 2013. She has also applied to the American University in Cairo, Egypt for graduate studies for fall 2013 where she plans to study Television and Digital Journalism. In addition, she is applying for a Fulbright scholarship to begin a project in Morocco to allow for strengthened economic empowerment for women and youth, partnering with the non-profit Greenside Development Organization.


Long San

Long San

University of Colorado Denver

Student Support Services

Nominated by Teresa De Herrera

Long San, a former participant and Peer Mentor/Tutor for the University of Colorado Denver TRIO Student Support Services Program, graduated in spring 2010 with a 3.685 GPA earning a BS degree in Chemistry.  Upon graduation from CU Denver, Long was admitted directly into a Ph.D. program in Chemistry at Colorado State University, which he began in fall 2010.

As a child, Long never really thought about going to college.  His parents were immigrants and knew very little about the educational system in the United States.  With their limited English speaking ability, low-income and first-generation status, the fact that their children were pursuing even a secondary school education was a blessing to them.

Through involvement in the pre-collegiate Bridge Project program, Long decided to try college and was assisted in acquiring a Daniel’s Fund Scholarship for his entire time at CU Denver.  He took Chemistry in his first semester, not because he particularly liked the field, but because he had just completed a Chemistry class in high school and thought it was best to get it out of the way.  What he discovered however, is that he had a real affinity for Chemistry.  As he pursued this field as a major, it soon lead to an opportunity to spend a summer studying abroad in Thailand, participating in independent research, working as a teaching assistant, and the motivation to graduate at the top of his class with honors.  This in turn led to the opportunity to be accepted directly into the Ph.D. program at CSU, with a scholarship and assistantship that funds his educational expenses.

As a Peer Mentor and tutor, Long was in high demand by students in the program, especially our engineering and health sciences students.  Along with his skills in this area, Long has been a committed and dedicated staff member and alumnus of the program and his contribution is tremendous.