UOG Graduate Receives Full Scholarship to Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program
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.
More with Camarin Meno
Why did you decide to pursue the MS in Clinical Psychology?
When I first heard that the University of Guam was creating a master’s program in clinical psychology, I knew immediately that I would apply to the program. I was so excited to have the opportunity to study clinical psychology with local clinical psychologists who understood the unique mental health needs of our island community. Furthermore, I knew that the MSCP Program would give me tons of experience, skills, and knowledge in the field of clinical psychology, allowing me to develop personally and professionally and make me an attractive candidate at the doctoral level upon completion of the program.
Why did you choose UOG?
Choosing UOG was not difficult for me. As the alma mater of my parents, aunts, and uncles, I always knew that I would one day attend the University of Guam myself. When I was in high school, I looked forward to starting UOG and pursuing higher education in a familiar place with people who knew and understood Guam’s people and culture.
How have your experiences and education at UOG prepared you to further your education and to be a professional?
UOG has provided me with so much and has been a very important part of my academic and professional development starting in my undergraduate years. At UOG, I had the chance to learn from local faculty members who approached their classes with an understanding and appreciation of our region and its unique features.
At UOG, I also had the chance to work closely with faculty and take part in their projects, from writing and presenting research papers at international conferences to writing grants and coordinating grant programs ever since my undergraduate years. Moreover, I also had the chance to work on campus and be immersed in the University environment, not only as a student, but also as a professional staff member coordinating education, training, and outreach for the University community through the grant programs in which I was involved. These experiences helped me stand out when I applied to graduate school, and will continue to guide my studies at the doctoral level.
I frequently tell other people, especially undergraduate students, that these opportunities are virtually available to all UOG students, where in most stateside universities they are primarily reserved for graduate students or a select few undergraduates. These types of opportunities are truly unique to the University of Guam and are among some of the greatest strengths of our University.