Cheng Yu, CSU Trustees Award Winner

Kaz Okada, Associate Professor, Computer ScienceThe Division of Graduate Studies congratulates Cheng Yu, master’s student in Social Psychology, and San Francisco State's winner of the CSU Trustees’ Award! Cheng has been named this year’s Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar, an honor bestowed on the highest scoring awardee from among all CSU campuses, accompanied this cycle by a $15,000 scholarship. Cheng emigrated from China where he we was marginalized as a deaf person, and subjected to conversion therapy for his sexual orientation. He took charge of his destiny by learning spoken English, moving to the U.S., and obtaining his BA in Psychology from University of Oregon. Proud of his identity as a deaf gay man, Cheng is currently conducting research on gendered mannerisms in Dr. Charlotte Tate’s Social Perception, Attitudes, Mental Simulation Lab. A first generation college student, Cheng aspires to enter a Ph.D. program in his field, to become a university professor, and to found a university-based nonprofit to advocate for GLBTQ rights internationally. In applying to the CSU Trustees’ Award, Cheng worked closely with Dr. Joy Viveros, Director of the Fellowships Office, and he is continuing to work with her office to identify fellowships to support his academic and professional ambitions.

If you are interested in the CSU Trustees’ Award, or in going on for a Ph.D., feel free to make an appointment with Dr. Viveros ( to explore what opportunities might be a good match for you.

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