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

Shea Garrison-Kimmel

Shea Garrison-Kimmel

Degrees:

  • Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2015 expected
  • Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine, M.S., 2010
  • Astronomy and Physics, Haverford College, B.S., 2009

Research

Galaxy formation

Biography

Shea Garrison-Kimmel completed his undergraduate work at Haverford College in Pennsylvania in 2009 with a B.S. in Astronomy and Physics.  He will complete his Ph.D. in Physics & Astronomy in 2015.  His research at UCI has focused on using large numerical simulations to help understand how galaxies form and evolve, with a particular focus on the small “dwarf” galaxies near the Milky Way.  These dwarf galaxies are among the least luminous in the Universe, and consequently place stringent constraints on the standard model of galaxy formation.  Shea was recently awarded the Price Prize from Ohio State University for outstanding graduate student work in the field of astronomy.

Jin Kyoung Hwang

Jin Kyoung Hwang

Degrees:

  • Education, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2015 expected
  • Education, Harvard University, Ed.M., 2009
  • English Language and Literature, Sookmyung Women’s University, B.A., 2007

Research

Second language acquisition

Biography

Jin Kyoung is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education studying how adolescent students from non-English speaking families learn academic language in school. As an English as a second language student, her interests in supporting students from non-dominant language households was sparked when earning her master’s in Education at Harvard University. Since coming to UC Irvine, she has published four journal articles and given numerous presentations at national and international conferences. She was recently awarded a doctoral dissertation grant from the International Research Foundation for English Language Education and was a finalist for the National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship.

Nick Petersen

Nick Petersen

Degrees:

  • Criminology, Law & Society, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2015 expected
  • Social Ecology, UC Irvine, M.A., 2012
  • Psychology, UC Santa Cruz, B.A., 2008

Research

Racial and geographic disparities within criminal justice institutions

Biography

Nick Petersen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society. His current research interests include homicide, capital punishment, racial disparities within the criminal justice system, and media representations of race and crime. Nick’s research examines racial biases within criminal justice institutions as a means for advancing understandings of racial inequality and the structural processes that underpin it, as well as contemporary challenges to achieving fairness and justice. In this vein, his dissertation explores issues of racial and geographic disparities within southern California’s criminal justice system. Nick’s work has been presented at various conferences as well as published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Homicide Studies, Race and Justice, and Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books. These research projects have been funded by various private and public agencies, including the Proteus Foundation, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Newkirk Center for Science and Society, School of Social Ecology, and Department of Criminology, Law and Society.

Sierra Powell

Sierra Powell

Degrees:

  • Political Science, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2015 expected
  • Political Science, UC Irvine, M.A., 2011
  • Government and Philosophy, University of Redlands, B.A., 2009

Research

American Politics (Political Behavior)

Biography

Sierra Powell is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. She also holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine and a B.A. in Government and Philosophy from the University of Redlands. Her dissertation research examines the mechanisms behind the low voter turnout of Americans with disabilities. Other research she has carried out assesses policy voting, campaign effects, and ex-felon disenfranchisement. Sierra has presented her research at regional, national, and international conferences and is a recipient of the Harry Eckstein Scholar Award from UC Irvine’s Political Science Department. She was a 2012-2013 Pedagogical Fellow with UC Irvine’s Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center and received UC Irvine’s School of Social Sciences Order of Merit Award for Outstanding Service in 2012. She is currently an Associate Dean’s Fellow in UC Irvine’s School of Social Sciences and is expected to complete her Ph.D. in 2015.

Eugene Smelyansky

Eugene Smelyansky

Degrees:

  • History, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2015 expected
  • History, San Francisco State University, M.A., 2009
  • History, San Francisco State University, B.A., 2007

Research

Religious persecution in medieval Europe

Biography

Eugene Smelyansky received a B.A. and a M.A. in History from San Francisco State University (2007, 2009), before entering the doctoral program in History at the University of California, Irvine in 2009. His dissertation looks at the constellation of factors—social, political, cultural, and religious—involved in the persecution of heretics (religious communities at odds with the Catholic Church) in later medieval Central and Eastern Europe. He is a recipient of the Thyssen Pre-Dissertation Fellowship from the Institute of International, Comparative, and Area Studies at the University of California, San Diego (2012), and Charles & Ann Quilter Graduate Student Award in History from the University of California, Irvine (2014).

Christina M. Spiker

Christina M. Spiker

Degrees:

  • Visual Studies, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2015 expected
  • Visual Studies, UC Irvine, M.A., 2010
  • East Asian Studies, Ursinus College, B.A., 2007

Research

Japanese modern art and visual culture

Biography

Christina M. Spiker is a doctoral candidate in the Visual Studies Ph.D. Program in the School of Humanities. She received a B.A. in East Asian Studies with a minor in Japanese from Ursinus College in 2007. Her dissertation research brings together approaches from art history and visual anthropology to discuss nineteenth and twentieth-century visual representations of the Ainu, a northern indigenous people of Hokkaido, Japan. Her research in Japan and the United States has been funded by an Advanced Graduate Research Fellowship from the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program and a research residency from the Spencer Baird Resident Scholar Program at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. She is also the recipient of the 8th Annual Chino Kaori Memorial Essay Prize from the Japan Art History Forum. Her long-term goals include continuing her career in academia, and promoting interdisciplinary research and teaching.

Sophia Lin – Honorary Awardee

Sophia Lin – Honorary Awardee

Degrees:

  • Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2015 expected
  • Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, UC Irvine, M.S., 2011
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, UCLA, B.S., 2010

Research

Silica Structures for Enhanced Fluorescence Detection with Applications in Point-of-Care Diagnostics

Biography

Sophia Lin is a Ph.D. student obtaining her degree in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Her research is in the biomedical engineering field and is focused on engineering technologies for improved disease detection capabilities.  She is a NSF-funded Biophotonics, Energy, Space, and Time (BEST) trainee. Sophia is highly involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) outreach, leading hands-on student workshops and co-founding A Hundred Tiny Hands, which develops educational STEM toys based off technology developed in the laboratory. She also leads the ChEMS GSA student group at UCI. She holds an M.S. from UC Irvine and a B.S. from UCLA.

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