Graduate Division

Chancellor's Club Fellowship

Section 1

Overview

CHANCELLOR'S CLUB FUND FOR EXCELLENCE FELLOWSHIPS

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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

Seven Chancellor's Club Fellowship recipients will be awarded a six-month stipend to total $12,000 for the period of January 2019 through June 2019. 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.

Eligibility

All Schools and the College of Health Sciences 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 2019
  • Have a minimum graduate-level UCI GPA of 3.7
  • If a doctoral student, be advanced to candidacy by October 19, 2018
  • 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 Celina Mojica, Director of Diversity, Extramural Funding and Postdoctoral Affairs, at cmojica@uci.edu or via phone, 949-824-5409

Deadline

  • All nomination materials must be received by the Graduate Division no later than Friday, October 19th at 12:00pm (noon). Schools should send a PDF of each nominee’s materials to Celina Mojica, Director of Diversity, Extramural Funding and Postdoctoral Affairs, at cmojica@uci.edu
  • 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 complete their degree by the end of Fall Quarter 2019. 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 2018-2019 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

Elizabeth Hemming-Schroeder

Elizabeth Hemming-Schroeder

Degrees:

  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2018 expected
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine, MSc, 2016
  • Biology with Certificate in Global Health, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2013

Research

Molecular epidemiology of malaria

Biography

Elizabeth Hemming-Schroeder received her BSc in Biology and Certificate in Global Health from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the lab of Dr. Guiyun Yan at the University of California, Irvine. Her doctoral research is focused on improving our understanding of how climatic, landscape, and social factors influence the spread and dispersal of malaria parasites and mosquitoes in Kenya. To achieve this, she uses genetic markers to measure dispersal, remotely-sensed landscape data, and spatial statistics to test the associations between organism dispersal and ecological factors. These findings have implications for achieving and sustaining local malaria elimination, as well as containing antimalarial drug resistance in malaria parasites and insecticide resistance in malaria mosquitoes.

Jessica Autumn Kemp

Jessica Autumn Kemp

Degrees:

  • Pharmaceutical Sciences, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2018 expected
  • Mathematics, California State University Long Beach, B.S., 2010

Research

Synthesis of multi-functional nanomedicine to treat leukemia, breast and lung cancer

Biography

Jessica graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a B.S. in Mathematics and minor in Chemistry. Since 2012, she has worked under the advisement of Dr. Young Jik Kwon while pursuing her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Jessica was a recipient of the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship (2012) and Faculty Mentor Program Fellowship (2013) through the UCI Graduate Division. Her research projects focus on engineering combinatorial nanomedicine and developing a novel, biocompatible polymer for the treatment of various cancers, such as leukemia and breast cancer. Using synergistic therapy and novel formulation, these nanomedicines can treat cancer more effectively while significantly decreasing toxic side effects. In addition to her educational endeavors, she is a full-time mother to her 10-month-old son and 4-year-old daughter. While balancing her time between motherhood and graduate school, she is also working to develop STEM learning tools for young children.

Kayleigh C. Perkov

Kayleigh C. Perkov

Degrees:

  • Visual Studies, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2018 expected
  • Visual Studies, UC Irvine, M.A., 2013
  • Art History, UC Los Angeles, B.A., 2009

Research

Studio craft and technology

Biography

Kayleigh Perkov is a Ph.D. candidate in Visual Studies, specializing in American art viewed through the lens of craft, design, and technology. She received her bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation “Giving Form to Feedback: Craft and Technological Systems circa 1968–1974,” focuses on American studio craftspeople who utilized the tools of the Information Age to visualize abstract technological concepts. This research has been supported by the Center for Craft Creativity & Design, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Newkirk Center for Science and Society. A portion of Kayleigh’s dissertation has been published in the Journal of Modern Craft. Kayleigh’s goal is to work within a museum setting in order to share art historical research with the broader public. To this end, she has acquired significant experience in museum and curatorial work, including positions at the National Gallery of Art, the Getty Research Institute, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2016, Kayleigh co-curated an exhibition on queer collage practice with Lucas Hilderbrand and David Evans Frantz. In 2016, she was selected to participate in the highly competitive Center for Curatorial Leadership/Mellon Seminar in Curatorial Practice, a two-week intensive program in New York.

Christopher Persichilli

Christopher Persichilli

Degrees:

  • Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2018 (expected)
  • Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, M.S., 2013
  • Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S., 2010

Research

Detection of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Neutrinos

Biography

After earning his master’s degree studying particle physics in Prof. Jim Napolitano’s lab at RPI, Chris transferred to UCI in 2013 to work with Prof. Steve Barwick on the ARIANNA experiment, an ultra-high energy neutrino detector on Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf. This project combines Chris’s loves for physics and the outdoors, hunting for elusive particles from outside our galaxy while experiencing the Antarctic wilderness. Chris’s research takes a hands-on approach, working closely with UCI Prof. Stuart Klienfelder’s electrical engineering lab, as well as ARIANNA’s international collaborators, to help develop and test custom data acquisition, power, and communication systems which can survive Antarctic conditions. He helped deploy, test, and maintain the ARIANNA pilot array over four Antarctic field expeditions, leading the field team during the 2016 and 2017 Antarctic summer seasons. Chris’s dissertation focuses on the search for neutrinos in the data from the ARIANNA pilot array, and analyzes the performance of a proposed full-sized ARIANNA array, which would help us gain insight into the nature of cosmic rays and their still enigmatic sources.

Crystal M. Reynaga

Crystal M. Reynaga

Degrees:

  • Biological Sciences, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2018 expected
  • Marine Biology, UC Santa Cruz, B.S., 2012

Research

Investigating extreme locomotor systems using physiological tools to inform design parameters for biologically inspired robotics and prostheses.

Biography

Crystal Reynaga received her B.S. in Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Currently, she is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Irvine in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP) and the UCI Graduate Opportunities Fellowship. Under the advisement of Dr. Manny Azizi, the broad aim of her research program investigates the tradeoffs of diverse modes of locomotion. She uses modern physiological tools to better understand how mechanical properties of the environment shape locomotor systems. Her work furthers our understanding of musculoskeletal function and potentially inform design parameters for prosthetics and biologically-inspired robotics.

Jamie Rogers

Crystal M. Reynaga

Degrees:

  • Comparative Literature, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2018 expected
  • Comparative Literature, UC Irvine, M.A., 2014
  • English, Western Washington University, M.A., 2006
  • Spanish, Western Washington University, B.A., 2008
  • Journalism, California State University, Long Beach, B.A., 2002

Research

Black feminist literature and film of the Americas

Biography

Jamie Rogers is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature. She received her master’s Degree in English from Western Washington University in 2006, and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish in 2008 and in Journalism in 2002 from Western Washington University and California State University, Long Beach, respectively. At UC Irvine, she has earned graduate certificates in Critical Theory, Visual Studies, Latin American Studies, and the Graduate Feminist Emphasis. Her research investigates the role of resistant, communal, and intersubjective labor as within African American and African diasporic literature and visual culture. Her chapter “Invisible Memories: Black Feminist Literature and its Affective Flights” is forthcoming in the anthology A Feel for the Text: Affect Theory and Literary Critical Practice, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan later this year.

Joshua Ross

Joshua Ross

Degrees:

  • Art, UC Irvine, MFA, 2018 expected
  • Fine Art Photography, Herron School of Art, BFA, 2015
  • Applied Science and Business, Vincennes University, AAS, 2011

Research

Photography, Drawing and Textiles

Biography

A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Ross received a BFA in Photography from Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and is currently an MFA candidate in Art at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on themes related to gender studies, critical race theory and poetry, primarily exploring institutional and bodily structures that organize and influence perception. During his undergraduate education he spent a summer abroad in Berlin, Prague and Vienna. In 2016, he spent a summer in China; there he was fully immersed in the southeastern culture.

While at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis Ross served as Community Service Chair for the Student African American Brotherhood, Student Coordinator for IUPUI Social Justice, organizing the Freedom Rides Trip, and worked as a Director for 4V Studios, a collective that created events that merged fashion, art, and music. Since relocating to Southern California in 2015, he has participated in numerous group exhibitions both in traditional and alternative art spaces, most notably Human Resources, LA and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Ross is a recipient of the Jesse H. and Beulah Chanley Cox Scholarship, IUPUI International Experience Scholarship, and the Robert S. Eccles Artist RISE Scholarship. Additionally, he received consecutive Research and Travel Grants while at the University of California, Irvine, which have supported both material and research projects throughout the United States.

Kyle Welker

Kyle Welker

Degrees:

  • Studio Art, University of California Irvine, MFA, 2018
  • Photography, Art Institute of Colorado, BA, 2008

Research

Bioart and the natural environment

Biography

Kyle Welker is an MFA candidate in Studio Art at the University of California, Irvine. His work focuses on research-based, interdisciplinary bioart projects pertaining to ecological issues within Southern California. His interdisciplinary approach to living systems and interactive environments merges botany, engineering, and scientific study into his creative practice. This allows him to investigate systems wherein human impact and interaction, result in long-term changes in the natural environment.

 

In addition to his own creative practice, he has worked extensively within public art and social practice spheres, to bring large-scale creative projects out of the museum and into the public realm. He has partnered with the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles in support of the Current LA: Water, Public Art Biennial, 2016, and currently helps to produce Art @ Tongva, an ongoing, public art series for the City of Santa Monica, which is now in its second season.

Justin Gregory Wilford

Justin Wilford

Degrees:

  • Public Health, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2018 expected
  • Geography, UCLA, Ph.D., 2010
  • Political Science, Arizona State University, M.A., 2003
  • Psychology, Arizona State University, B.A., 2000

Research

Social media health behavior interventions

Biography

Justin Wilford earned his Ph.D. in geography from UCLA in 2010, shortly before his 4-year-old son was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain tumor. His son’s treatment, recovery, and journey into survivorship led Justin to co-found a childhood cancer non-profit, the MaxLove Project, and return to earn a second Ph.D., this time in public health. His work aims to combine social scientific insights into group dynamics and social identity with health psychology, epidemiology, and health outcomes research. Justin’s primary goal is to design, implement, and disseminate effective, low-cost, and scalable social media health behavior interventions that use social support to improve quality of life and lower long-term health risks for cancer survivors.