ChrisStaffVice President of Research 

Dr. Chris Cate joined the professional staff of Student Veterans of America in September 2012, as Vice President of Research. Having several relatives who served -- a great-uncle in World War II, his father in the Marine reserves, uncles in Vietnam, and cousins in the Navy -- he grew up supporting and respecting service members and veterans.

After hearing his college friends’ stories of returning to civilian life and school, Dr. Cate's support and advocacy for veterans grew further when he realized that colleges and universities were not prepared for student veterans. He began advocating for them on campus by helping to provide information to administrators through his research. His position as Director of Measurement and Learning allowed him to continue his early work, using research to advocate for student veterans, on a larger scale.

Most recently, Dr. Cate served as Associate Director for the Center of Advanced Studies of Individual Differences (CASID) at the University of California at Santa Barbara.  While there, he continued to work with student veterans and school administrators to improve services and develop programs to benefit student veterans.

Dr. Cate graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Master of Arts in Research Methodology and a Doctorate in Special Education, Disability, and Risk Studies. His dissertation examined student veterans’ college experiences and academic performance.



Student Veterans of America Opens Registration for 8th Annual Conference


Washington, D.C. - Student Veterans of America (SVA), which provides military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education, opened registration for its 8th annual National Conference, scheduled to run January 7-10, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Early bird pricing is available through August 31, 2015. Attendees and media can register today



SVA Scholarships

Fall 15 Scholarships Nov 2 EditTogether with corporate partners, SVA offers a number of scholarships throughout the academic year. Our Fall 2015 scholarships will open for applications on September 1st and close on November 2nd at 11:59pm. Click here to learn more about the opportunities currently available.



VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship

16145451684 90d20d5d54 zIn 2014, Student Veterans of America (SVA) in partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), launched the inaugural VFW-SVA Legislative FellowshipIn early 2015, we welcomed 10 student veteran leaders to Washington, D.C. to meet face-to-face with U.S. legislators, advocating on behalf of the veterans' community. SVA and the VFW is currently seeking candidates to fill VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship positions.



2015 Institute hosted by General Dynamics at Gulfstream Aerospace!

2014liThe Leadership Institute is a cohort based, multi-day program where SVA brings a select group of emerging chapter leaders together for intensive, in-residence chapter leadership training. The curriculum teaches established chapter best practices and operational concepts designed to strengthen the core of SVA, the local chapter. Read more



 Local Leadership Summits

SD Summit

SVA's Local Leadership Summits bring student veterans together to exchange chapter best practices and to explore campus-level concepts that can ease a veteran’s transition from the military to higher education and then to the workforce. These one-day events are hosted in multiple locations throughout the country to maximize student veteran participation. SVA has previously hosted Summits in Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, California, Colorado, New York, Washington, DC, San Jose, Savannah, St. Louis, and Denver. Read More

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