Graduate Student Spotlight

The Office of Graduate Studies wants to recognize Cal Poly Humboldt’s outstanding graduate students. To nominate a graduate student for a graduate student spotlight, email More nomination details can be found here at 

The McConkey Awards are given in Memory of Patricia McConkey and her many years of service to Graduate Studies, and to graduate students, at Cal Poly Humboldt.

The McConkey Award recipients are selected by the faculty of their graduate programs, in recognition of excellence in their fields. McConkey Award recipients graduate with distinction on their transcript and are recognized in their commencement program.

sophia lemmos head shotSophia Lemmo

Natural Resources - FWWS
Thesis: Tree mortality and regeneration across competitive and geographic gradients in northern California
Advisor: Lucy Kerhoulas

Kristen Head ShotKristen Orth-Gordinier

Natural Resources - ESM
Thesis: Social Science Research to Help Advance Regional Coordination and Collaboration of Sea Level Rise Planning and Adaptation on Humboldt Bay
Advisor: Laurie Richmond

Crane Head ShotCrane Conso

Psychology - Academic Research
Thesis: Uncertainty, Populist Deprivation Rhetoric, and Extremism
Advisor: Amber Gaffney 

Evan Head ShotEvan Morden

Public Sociology 
Thesis: Organizing for Power: The Flow of Social Power in Community-Level Changes and Rural Community Organizing in Northern California
Advisor: Michihiro Sugata

Allison Iafrate headshotAllison Iafrate

English - Applied English Studies 
Thesis: Our Place in Research: Understanding Social Productions of Knowledge Using Digital Spaces
Advisor: Janelle Adsit