Guam – Camarin Andrea Guerrero Meno, who will be graduating from the University of Guam with a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology this May, has received a full scholarship from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Ph.D. Program in Clinical-Community Psychology.
As part of her award package, she will receive full tuition for six years, a four-year Graduate College Distinguished Fellowship at $25,000 per year and two additional years of assistantship at $18,000 per year. The six-year full tuition and stipend package is worth over $330,000.
Meno, who also earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from UOG, was accepted by nine doctoral programs, and chose UIUC, which is one of the top schools in the nation for clinical psychology doctoral programs. According to Meno, “Being accepted into a doctoral program in clinical psychology is an incredible dream come true for me, and I am beyond grateful to all those who played a role in helping me achieve this goal.”
During her time at the University of Guam, Meno stood out for her academic achievements, professional work and dedication to community service. “Over the past seven years, I have watched Camarin grow from an eager and highly motivated undergraduate to a mature and highly accomplished graduate student,” said Dr. Iain Twaddle, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Micronesian Studies and Camarin’s thesis chair and academic advisor. “I can’t imagine a student more suited for the profession of clinical psychology.”
In her first year as a graduate student, Meno received the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLASS) Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award. She has had the opportunity to work in three community-serving programs at UOG: Isa Psychological Services Center, I Pinangon Campus Suicide Prevention Program, and the Violence Against Women Prevention Program. These programs provided her extensive experience in writing and managing grants, coordinating programs and working with a wide range of clients.
“When I conducted my doctoral program interviews, many faculty members were impressed by my grant writing and grant coordination experience,” Meno said. “This is really a testament to the strength of our college and to the wealth of opportunities offered by CLASS, and more broadly, the University of Guam. I am quite certain that had I attended another university, I would not have had the kinds of experiences that made me stand out in my doctoral applications.”
Meno advises her fellow students that similar opportunities are available to all UOG students, whereas in most stateside universities these activities are primarily reserved for graduate students or a select few undergraduates.
Meno will begin her doctoral program at UIUC this fall. After completing her doctoral studies, Meno hopes to return to Guam and join the UOG Psychology Program as a faculty member. “Teaching at UOG would fulfill a lifelong dream of coming back to Guam and serving my community,” Meno said.
For more on Camarin and other outstanding UOG students, visit www.uog.edu.