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 Information Form, 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 Schools and Departments typically have earlier internal deadlines for fellowship submissions. Please contact your School or Department for details.

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

Cristina Bejarano

Cristina Bejarano

Degrees:

  • Anthropology, UCI, Ph.D., 2014 expected
  • Anthropology, UCI, M.A., 2009
  • Applied Anthropology, CSULB, M.A., 2007
  • Anthropology, CSULB, B.A., 2000

Research

Science and technology studies

Biography

Cristina T. Bejarano is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology in the School of Social Sciences. Her dissertation examines the ways in which the multiple temporalities and spatialities of science affect scientific knowledge production and practices. She argues that the manifold experiences and constructions of time and space among scientists affect such things as the way science is envisioned, the kinds of research questions that are posed at particular moments, and how research trends eventually take shape. Her dissertation research project was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Her long-term goals include continuing her research in Science and Technology Studies and pursuing a career in academia.

Seema Ehsan

Seema Ehsan

Degrees:

  • Chemical Engineering, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2014
  • Chemical Engineering, UC Irvine, M.S., 2011
  • Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley, B.S., 2008

Research

Tissue engineering

Biography

Seema Ehsan received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. She completed her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine in 2014. Her dissertation research focused on developing tissue-engineered models of the tumor microenvironment for anti-cancer drug development. She is a recipient of the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology Graduate Research Fellowship, UC Irvine’s Public Impact Fellowship, and the NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship. She is currently an Institute for Genomic Biology Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Sandra Holden

Sandra Holden

Degrees:

  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCI, Ph.D., 2014
  • Biology, Gonzaga University, B.S., 2009

Research

Ecosystem responses to global climate change

Biography

Sandra received a B.S. in biology from Gonzaga University in 2009. She completed her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from UC Irvine in 2014. Her research interests lie broadly in the fields of ecosystem ecology and global change. For Sandra’s dissertation she studied how soil microorganisms respond to climate change in boreal forests of Alaska, and how these responses feedback to alter the amount of carbon stored in boreal forest soils. She received a Department of Energy Graduate Fellowship, Howard Schneiderman Fellowship, and Newkirk Center Fellowship to fund her graduate research. She is currently a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow in the Earth System Science Department at UC Irvine.

Kristin Keating

Kristin Keating

Degrees:

  • Drama, UCI, Ph.D., 2014
  • Theatre History and Criticism, Catholic University, M.A., 2009
  • English Literature, University of Maryland, College Park, B.A. 2005
  • Secondary Education-English, University of Maryland, College Park, B.A. 2005

Research

Anatomy theaters

Biography

Kristin is a doctoral candidate in the Drama Department in the School of the Arts (Spring 2014). Her dissertation focuses on the performances of anatomy theatres from the Early Modern period to the present day. She holds B.A. degrees in English Literature and Secondary Education from the University of Maryland and a M.A. degree in Theatre History and Criticism from Catholic University. Prior to enrolling in the PhD program at UCI, she worked as high school English teacher. In 2012, she was selected as a university-wide Pedagogical Fellow with the responsibility of training and mentoring new graduate student teaching assistants. In addition to her interests in anatomy theatres and new media, she has an interest in Shakespearean studies and has published a book chapter with Drama Professor Bryan Reynolds on this subject. She plans to pursue a faculty career in higher education.

Phu Nguyen

Phu Nguyen

Degrees:

  • Water Resources Management, UCI, Ph.D., 2014 expected
  • Water Resources Management, University of Melbourne, M.Sc., 2008
  • Civil Engineering, Bach Khoa University - Hochiminh City, B.S., 2003

Research

Water resources management

Biography

Phu Nguyen is a Ph.D. candidate in Hydrology and Water Resources working with Distinguished Professor Soroosh Sorooshian at the Center for Hydrometeorology & Remote Sensing (CHRS) at the University of California, Irvine.  He received a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (2003) from Bach Khoa University – HCMC Vietnam and a Master's degree in Engineering Science (2008) from the University of Melbourne under the Australian Government Scholarship. In 2010, he was among the young scientists receiving a 2-year Vietnamese International Educational Development fellowship to pursue his Ph.D. program at UCI. His research interests include flash flood warnings, satellite precipitation estimation and global crowdsourced precipitation observation. Phu Nguyen is the current Secretary General of the Association of Vietnamese Students and Professionals in the United States.

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