Graduate Division

Chancellor's Club Fellowship

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The Chancellor's Club is a community of UC Irvine alumni, parents, faculty and friends who care deeply about this university and who have made a commitment to invest in its greatest needs. Established in 1972 by founding Chancellor, Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr., the purpose of Chancellor’s Club gifts are to support undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, and other areas of critical need as determined by the Chancellor.

Award Info

Three Chancellor's Club Fellowship recipients will be awarded a six-month stipend to total $12,000 for the period of January 2020 through June 2020. More information about this fellowship may be found in the Chancellor's Club Fellowship Call for Nominations. Please note that tuition and fees are not included in these fellowships. The awardees' Schools are expected to cover tuition and fees during the award period.


All Schools are invited to nominate a maximum of two outstanding graduate students that meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Plan to complete their Ph.D. or MFA degree by the end of fall quarter 2020
  • Have a minimum graduate-level UCI GPA of 3.7
  • If a doctoral student, be advanced to candidacy by October 18, 2019
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be willing to present their dissertation research at a Chancellor's Club dinner or other function
  • Exhibit excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities
  • Be a first-generation college student, with neither parent having received a four-year degree

Please note that AB540 eligible students may be nominated for this fellowship competition.

Application Process

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

  1. Completed Chancellor’s Club Fellowship Nomination Form.
  2. Completed Chancellor's Club Fellowship Student Information Form, including the financial need, student profile, and student research sections.
  3. The student's current curriculum vitae.
  4. A confidential letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor/mentor including the student's planned term of graduation and expressing the advisor's level of confidence in the student's ability to complete as planned.

Contact Info

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl, at or via phone, 949-824-0490


  • All nomination materials must be received by the Graduate Division no later than Friday, October 18th at 12:00pm (noon). Schools should send a PDF of each nominee’s materials to Turner Dahl at
  • Please note that Schools and Departments typically have earlier internal deadlines for fellowship submissions. Please contact your School or Department for details.


  • Students receiving this award are required to complete their degree by the end of Fall Quarter 2020. Award funds will be returned by the school to Graduate Division in the event that the student does not meet this requirement.
  • The student’s expected graduation date must be included in the faculty advisor's letter of recommendation.
  • If students have applied for and accepted Financial Aid loans or Work-Study awards and subsequently receive any fellowships, the additional support may affect their eligibility for need-based financial aid. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to determine if their eligibility will be affected.
  • Students should review the terms of any funding that they have accepted for AY 2019-2020 to ensure that they are eligible to receive additional fellowship funding.
  • Recipients of these awards may not be appointed as ASEs during the award period. They may be employed as GSRs. 
  • Please note that tuition and fees are not included in these fellowships. The awardees' Schools are expected to cover tuition and fees during the award period.

Chancellor's Club Fellows

Amanda M. Peterson, Criminology, Law and Society

Amanda M. Peterson, Criminology, Law and Society


Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine, Ph.D., 2020 expected
Criminology and Criminal Justice, Portland State University, M.S., 2014
Criminology and Criminal Justice, Social Science, Portland State University, B.A., 2012


Anti-Blackness in the U.S. legal system and theoretical approaches to severing this relationship


Amanda studies the relationship between anti-Blackness and the criminal-legal institutions such as policing and prisons, while also examining the work done by scholars, activists, and policymakers to sever this relationship. As an interdisciplinary sociologist of the law, she uses theoretical resources from sociology, criminology/criminal justice, Black studies, and critical theory to understand the relationship between anti-Blackness and the law. To do this, she uses a variety of methods from both the social sciences and humanities — from context analysis to close reading to quantitative data analysis. Amanda has received past fellowships through the Department of Criminology, Law and Society; the School of Social Ecology; the Graduate Division; and the Office of the Provost. Through her time at UCI, Amanda has served on her department’s student diversity committee and has been recognized by fellow-students with the Peer Mentor Award for excellence in mentorship. Upon graduation, Amanda will join the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. 


Megan M. Ringel, Psychological Science

Megan M. Ringel, Psychological Science


  • Psychological Science, University of California, Irvine, Ph.D., expected 2020
  • Psychological Science, University of California, Irvine, M.A., 2016
  • Psychology, Arizona State University, B.S., 2013


Megan’s research explores how attitudes toward health conditions and health behaviors can become moralized, and how these negative moral judgments can lead to important consequences such as blame and stigmatization of others.


Megan Ringel is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychological Science, under the mentorship of Dr. Peter Ditto. Her previous research investigated negative moral attitudes toward obesity and was recently published in Social Science and Medicine. In her dissertation, she has expanded this work to study the moralization of health more broadly. She developed a scale that distinguishes between a moral view of health and the personal importance people attach to health. Additional studies in the dissertation will explore some of the implications of health moralization, including whether people who engage in health behaviors are rated as morally superior to those who do not, and whether health moralization predicts a desire to punish those who are seen as violating a moral health norm, such as by assigning greater healthcare costs to individuals who have poor health habits. Through this program of research, she hopes to contribute to our understanding of weight and health stigmatization and connect these findings to real-world issues, such as policy preferences and relationships between healthcare providers and patients. In addition to research, Megan has pursued teaching and mentoring opportunities at UCI, including specialized training through the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation’s Pedagogical Fellows Program, teaching courses in the School of Social Ecology, and participating as a Leadership Coach in the DECADE PLUS program.

Reza Mohammadi, Materials Science and Engineering

Reza Mohammadi, Materials Science and Engineering


  • Materials Science and Engineering, UC Irvine, PhD, 2020 expected
  • Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University, M.Sc., 2012
  • Materials Science and Engineering, Amirkabir University, B.Sc., 2010




Reza Mohammadi received his MSc degree in Materials Science and Engineering with a concentration in Nanotechnology from Sharif University. He then joined Stanford University and further focused on interactions between nanomaterials and immune system. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering in the labs of Professors Jonathan Lakey and Weian Zhao. His current research is focused on insulin-producing cells transplantation to treat diabetes. Patients with Type 1 Diabetes can receive transplanted insulin-producing cells that are housed inside biomaterials, but these implants are often attacked and destroyed by the body’s immune system. Reza's research is focused to develop a biomaterial that regulates the local immune system around the implants, protecting the transplanted cells from immune insults. This biomaterial has enabled long-term treatment of Type 1 Diabetic mouse models without any drug or insulin administration.