Overview

Chancellor's Club Fund for Excellence Fellowship

Chancellor's Club LogoAs one of the oldest and largest support groups at the University of California, Irvine, the Chancellor's Club was founded in 1972 and celebrates over 35 years of service to UC Irvine. Members include community leaders, alumni and parents of students. Funds raised through the Chancellor's Club are used to fund the prestigious Chancellor's Fund for Excellence Fellowships. These fellowships are awarded to the best graduate students at UCI who also show great promise as future leaders. Nominations are made by Deans for scholars in their schools.

Chancellor's Club Fellowship

Award Info

 $10,000 (six-month stipend) from January 2015 through June 2015

Eligibility

 Each school may nominate two outstanding graduate students who meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Plans to complete their Ph.D. degree by the end of fall quarter 2015
  • Has a minimum graduate-level UCI GPA of 3.7 through spring quarter 2014
  • Be advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree
  • Shows financial need (provide a statement)
  • Be willing to present their dissertation research at a Chancellor's Club dinner or other function
  • Exhibits excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities

Application Process

 All individual student nominations must consist of a single PDF file and contain the following scanned items in order:

  1. Completed UCI Chancellor’s Club Fellowship Nomination Form.
  2. Completed Student Biographical Profile, along with a brief (100-word) student biography and a statement of student need.
  3. Current curriculum vitae.
  4. A 1 page statement from the nominee describing their research project, written for a committee of non-specialists in the field. The statement should include progress to date and plan for completion.
  5. A confidential letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor.

More information about this fellowship may be found on the Chancellor's Club Call for Nominations document.

Contact Info

 Questions should be directed to Kate Triglia, Graduate Academic Programs Manager, or via phone, 949-824-9031.

Deadline

The deadline for e-mail receipt of completed/signed nomination PDF packages is Friday, November 7, 2014.

(Please note that each school may have their own earlier internal deadline).

Stipulations

  • Students receiving this award are required to file their dissertation by the end of fall quarter 2015. This must be stipulated in the letter of nomination. Award funds will be returned by the school to Graduate Division in the event that the student does not meet this requirement.

Current Fellows

Michelle Allen-Sharpley

Michelle Allen-Sharpley

Degrees:

  • Medicine, UCI, M.D., 2015 expected
  • Neurobiology and Behavior, UCI, Ph.D., 2013 expected
  • Systems Physiology, SJSU, B.S., 2006

Research

Neural development

Biography

Michelle is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior.  She worked in Patient Services (1995-2000) and Human Resources (2000-2006) until completing her B.S. degree at San Jose State University.  In her graduate research of neural development, she investigates axon guidance cues in auditory circuit formation, reflecting her interest in human developmental, neurological and inner ear disorders.  As a current student of the Medical Scientist Training Program, Michelle's long-term goal is to perform translational research that helps advance medical care for patients.  Also a mother of three, she regularly volunteers for K-12 events and community public health outreach.

Teishan Latner

Teishan Latner

Degrees:

  • History, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2013 expected
  • History, Temple University, M.A., 2008
  • Cultural and Interdisciplinary Studies, Antioch College, B.A., 2000

Research

Transnational relationship between Cuba and the broad U.S. left, from the sixties era to the end of the Cold War

Biography

Teishan is a doctoral candidate in History in the UCI School of Humanities. He holds an M.A. in History from Temple University, and a B.A. in Cultural and Interdisciplinary Studies from Antioch College. His interests lie in the intersections between U.S. foreign relations, social change movements, and racial-ethnic history and theory, with a special emphasis on the influence of Third World social and political movements on their counterparts in the U.S. An affiliate of the UC-Cuba Academic Initiative, Teishan’s dissertation examines the transnational relationship between Cuba and the broad U.S. left, from the sixties era to the end of the Cold War. He is a Teaching Assistant in the Program in African American Studies and Department of History and plans to pursue a faculty career in higher education.

James M. Leonhardt

James M. Leonhardt

Degrees:

  • Marketing, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2013 expected
  • Philosophy, UC Berkeley, B.A., 2006

Research

Consumer welfare and decision making

Biography

James is a doctoral candidate in Marketing at the Paul Merage School of Business at UCI. His research aim is to enhance consumer welfare by identifying ways to help consumers understand information and make better decisions. Recently, James found that parents are better able to understand the risks associated with child vaccines when side-effect probabilities are presented graphically rather than only numerically. His research has been published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, Tobacco Control, Perception and Psychophysics, and Visual Cognition. After graduation, James will pursue a career in academia.

Joanne Randa Nucho

Joanne Randa Nucho

Degrees:

  • Anthropology, UCI PhD, 2013 expected
  • Anthropology, UCI MA 2009
  • Islamic Studies, UCLA MA 2007
  • Film and Television Production, New York University, BFA, 2001

Research

The notion of sectarianism in Lebanon

Biography

Joanne is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology in the School of Social Sciences.  Her dissertation is a reexamination of the notion of sectarianism in Lebanon. In it, she looks at the way in which infrastructures, services and municipal planning create a sense of community as well as the conditions of possibility for various forms of conflict along sectarian lines. Her long-term goals include continuing her research in Lebanon and pursuing a career in higher education. Joanne is also a documentary filmmaker, and would like to use film to communicate her work to wider audiences.

Jessica Dawn Pratt

Jessica Dawn Pratt

Degrees:

  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCI, Ph.D., 2013 expected
  • Zoology, North Carolina State University, M.S., 2005
  • Biology, Grand Valley State University, B.S., 2003

Research

Plant response to environmental change

Biography

Jessica received a B.S. in Biology from Grand Valley State University in 2003 and a M.S. in Zoology from North Carolina State University in 2005 where she studied the conservation value of shaded coffee plantations for resident birds in Puerto Rico. She is currently a PhD candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Jessica's interests lie broadly in the fields of habitat conservation and ecological restoration, and she is currently conducting research to assess how plant responses to environmental change scale up to affect animal communities. Jessica is also a founding member of the Orange County Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), and enjoys working through SCB to conduct local education and outreach related to her research.

Adam C. Sheppard

Adam C. Sheppard

Degrees:

  • Education, UCI, Ph.D., 2013 expected
  • Education, UCI, M.A., 2011
  • Kinesiology, CSU Fullerton, M.S., 2008
  • Physiological Science, UCLA, B.S., 2001

Research

The design and implementation of organized youth activities

Biography

Adam is a doctoral candidate with an emphasis in Educational Policy and Social Context in the School of Education. Currently, his work focuses on the design and implementation of organized youth activities. In particular, he is interested in the characteristics of the adult staff organizing these activities and their role in supporting positive experiences for youth. In April of 2012 Adam was awarded an Emerging Scholar Award for Out-of-School Time research from the American Educational Researchers Association.

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