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Student Veteran Organization


2018-2019 Officers:

Co-President: Kristen Vescera
Co-President: Katie Carlson
Vice President: Jessica Collazo
Secretary: Elizabeth Savarese
Treasurer: Rachel Ward
Public Relations Officer: Joe Razo
Faculty Advisor: Matt Cordova, Ph.D.
Staff Liaison: Lisa Harris 


The Student Veterans Organization aims to support military veterans and their families by providing advocacy and the resources needed to succeed beyond their military career.

Program Counselors:

William Snow, Ph.D.     
(831) 246-2440

Matthew Cordova, Ph.D.
(408) 430-8300

The purpose of SVO is to provide PAU's military veteran students with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation; to provide veteran and non-veteran students with information on veterans' issues, including behavioral health related research and military/veteran cultural concerns; and to link veteran and non-veteran students with the local veteran community through events and volunteering opportunities.

SVO is open to anyone interested in the unique issues facing service members and their families – we do not require that you be a service member, only that you have a passion for, or curiosity about, veteran support, services and research.

The Student Veteran Organization is an official Chapter of the Student Veterans of America

Incoming Students:

If you are an incoming student and would like to talk with a student about their experience, please contact:

            Undergraduate students: J.T. Bikul -

            Graduate students: Christina Rincon -

SVO Travel Awards

The Student Veteran Organization would like to announce our annual student travel awards. The SVO is not just an organization that advocates for student veterans. We are also committed to expanding education on topics related to military and veteran psychology. Part of this education includes research into these relevant areas. In the spirit of this commitment, the SVO is offering three awards as incentive towards research related to military and veteran populations and to help offset the cost of sharing this research with other professionals.  These awards are open to all PAU students. To be eligible the applicant must have been accepted to present at a conference that requires the applicant to travel a distance greater than 150 miles. Only one applicant per poster or presentation. Applicant must be the presenting author.

Kevin Coughlin Student Travel Award (1 award for $250)

SVO is proud to offer this travel award in memory of PAU undergraduate student Kevin Coughlin, who passed away in March of 2013. Kevin was a proud Marine and a Vietnam War veteran who was dedicated to helping his fellow veterans in need. After graduation from PAU, Kevin planned to serve his fellow veterans by becoming a chaplain for the Veterans Administration Health Care system. This award is designated for student veterans or for research into areas that Kevin was most passionate about.

To be eligible the applicant themselves must be a veteran, or their research must be on the topic of trauma, substance abuse/use, and/or spirituality and they must use a military sample (Active, Reserve, Guard, Dependents, Veterans).

SVO Student Travel Award (2 awards @ $250 each)

To be eligible the applicants must use a military sample (Active, Reserve, Guard, Dependents, Veterans) or the applicant themselves must be a veteran.

To apply please submit your CV, poster abstract or a summary of your presentation, proof of acceptance, and a short statement of why your research is important to  Please identify the award you are applying for in the subject line.  Applications are due by 5pm on May 16. The recipients of the SVO travel awards will be presented with their awards at the SVO Spring Meeting the first week of June.

SVO Pacific Research Symposium Award:

The SVO is happy to offer an award for Research in Military Psychology at the Annual Pacific Research Forum. To be eligible for this award the student must use a military sample (Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, Veterans, or Dependents).

For more information contact



1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Phone: (800) 818-6136 Fax: (650) 433-3888





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