Graduate Division

Chancellor's Club Fellowship

Section 1

Overview

CHANCELLOR'S CLUB FUND FOR EXCELLENCE FELLOWSHIPS

Chancellor's Club Logo

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

Danilo Caputo, English

Danilo Caputo, English

Degrees:

  • English, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2019 (expected)
  • English, UC Irvine, M.A., 2016
  • English, CSU Long Beach, M.A., 2013
  • English, CSU Long Beach, B.A., 2011

Research

Shakespearean drama, environmental criticism, and resilience discourse

Biography

Danilo Caputo is a Ph.D. candidate in English, specializing in Shakespearean drama. Prior to transferring to UC Irvine, he received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English from CSU Long Beach. Under the advisement of Dr. Julia Lupton, Danilo’s dissertation “Shakespearean Resilience: Disaster and Recovery in the Late Romances” examines Shakespeare’s late plays through the interdisciplinary lenses of ecocriticism and resilience discourse. Danilo’s interdisciplinary research is informed by his collaborative work across campus. In 2016, he was among the first cohort of UCI Climate Action Fellows led by Dr. Steven Allision and supported through a Climate Action Champion Grant from the UC President’s Office. He has also held GSR positions in the School of Medicine, the Office of Sustainability, Humanities Commons, and the Center for Medical Humanities.

Stephanie Hachey, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Stephanie Hachey

Degrees:

  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2019 expected
  • Biomedical and Translational Science, UC Irvine, M.S., 2014
  • Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, UC Santa Cruz, B.S., 2009

Research

Microphysiological systems for cancer research and personalized medicine

Biography

Currently Stephanie is working toward the Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Dr. Christopher CW Hughes in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at UC Irvine. The Hughes lab focuses on the development and validation of microphysiological systems, or physiologically relevant tissue engineered microscaled organ constructs. Stephanie’s research specifically aims to validate the vascularized microtumor (VMT) model developed in the lab for drug screening, disease modeling and personalized medicine applications. In addition to research, Stephanie participates in professional development events through the GPS-Biomed program and an internship through UC Irvine Applied Innovation Technology Transfer Office. Stephanie has received accolades for her academic performance (ARCS Scholar Award 2017-2019), public speaking ability (semi-finalist GradSlam 2016), and publications (critical review selected as top 10% of articles in journal); she also has a proven track record of securing funding for her research.

Bridgette Blebu, Public Health

Bridgette Blebu

Degrees:

  • Public Health, University of California, Irvine, Ph.D, 2019 expected
  • Biostatistics/Epidemiology, University of Southern California, M.P.H, 2012
  • Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, University of Southern California, B.S, 2010

Research

Neighborhood social contexts and premature birth among black immigrant women

Biography

Bridgette Blebu received her B.S. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and her master’s degree in public health at the University of Southern California. She is currently a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Program of Public Health. Her dissertation focuses on neighborhood social context and prematurity among infants born to black immigrant women in the state of California. In her work, she examines whether neighborhoods contribute to risk of premature birth by considering the intersections of factors in the receiving context (e.g. racial residential segregation) and migration factors unique to black immigrants in the United States. Beyond her research, Bridgette is committed to fostering inclusive campus experiences for graduate students through her work with the Program in Public Health DECADE student council. Bridgette is a recipient of the Program in Public Health Excellence in Research Award, DITA Power of Sight Fellowship Award, and the UC President’s Dissertation Year Honorable Mention Award.

Andrea Ordaz, Dance

Andrea Ordaz

Degrees:

  • Dance, UC Irvine, MFA, 2019 expected
  • Performance and Choreography, UC Irvine, BFA, 2015

Research

Choreography and Female Mexican-American Ethnic Identity

Biography

 

Andrea Ordaz is a contemporary choreographer and well-rounded dance artist who speaks from a place that brings forth a unique and diverse perspective to contemporary choreographies. Currently a Master in Fine Arts candidate in Dance, Ordaz is specializing in Choreography in relation to artistic process and ethnic identity. She received her Bachelors Degree in Performance and Choreography from the University of California, Irvine. Her Senior thesis “A Place of Thought” explored the journey of a single person, depicting the interior monologue between her philosophical mind and physical body as it makes its way through the world. Ordaz’s process-based, non-linear concert style works, investigate feelings and intuitions celebrating the complexity of human experience in the context of the modern world. Through deep and responsive somatic-based movement exploration, Ordaz developed her understanding and approach to art making as a rich and vibrant form of cultural expression through self-examination. In her continued research, Andrea has been focusing on the historical manifestations of these ideas and has published in Dance Major Journal. Learning from Limón is an article that touches on the historical aspect of Mexican-American heritage and modern dance. Ordaz’s creative goals are centered around further exploration of her approach to embodiment and the further evolution of her method for creative expression. In addition to work performed at the Claire Trevor Theater at UC Irvine, she has premiered new works such as Fotos Antiguas at choreographic festivals in Los Angeles, California. Internationally, Ordaz has worked alongside one of her mentors, Lisa Naugle, to research personal creative processes and improvisational skills, working collaboratively with other artists, fostering creative environments, and performing at various institutions such as Conservatorio “Santa Cecilia” di Roma, Italy.

Monique Kelly, Sociology

Monique Kelly

Degrees:

  • Sociology, University of California-Irvine, PhD, 2019 (expected)
  • Social Science with a concentration in Demography and Social Analysis, University of California-Irvine, M.A., 2013
  • Psychology, Johnson C. Smith University, B.A., 2012

Research

Race/ethnicity, colorism, immigration, inequality, stratification, and identity specifically within the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora

Biography

A native of Jamaica, Monique received a B.A. in Pschology from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC, a M.A, in Social Sciences from UCI and is currently an PhD candidate in the Sociology Department her at UCI. She was a recipient of the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship (2013) through the UCI Graduate Division. Her research broadly focuses on racial and ethnic identities, attitudes, and inequality, as well as on immigration processes connected to those social dynamics. More specifically, Monique’s dissertation, “Jamaican Ethnic Oneness: Race, Colorism, and Inequality,” analyzes racial and skin color stratification in Jamaica, the impact of an ideology of racial mixing on Jamaican’s explanation for that inequality, and racial and nation-based identification. A chapter of her dissertation is published in Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, with others currently under review.

Throughout her graduate school career, she has and continue to serve as a mentor for Sociology graduate students. As a member of the UCI’s Social Sciences’ Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) committee, Monique has co-organized various workshops on navigating micro-aggressions in academia for graduate students. These workshops include providing a space for graduate students to share their experiences and learn strategies to handle these situations in the classroom (both as a student and teaching assistant). She enjoy binge watching anime, spending time with friends and family, and international travel.

Allison Moreno, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Allison Moreno

Degrees:

  • Biological Sciences, University of California Irvine, Ph.D., 2019 expected
  • Biological Sciences, University of California Irvine, M.Sc, 2018
  • Marine Science, California State University Monterey Bay, B.S., 2014
  • Natural Sciences, East Los Angeles College, A.A., 2010

Research

Quantifying the influence and impact of climate change on marine biogeochemical cycling

Biography

Allison Moreno received her B.S. in Marine Science at California State University, Monterey Bay. Currently, she is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Irvine in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology under the advisement of Dr. Adam Martiny. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP) and the UCI Oceans Graduate Fellowship. Her research ambitions are to use marine microbial information to disentangle and resolve discrepancies in biogeochemical patterns and cycles. She has sought to investigate the controls of variation in marine elemental composition (stoichiometry), the impact of this variation on atmospheric CO2 and deep ocean O2 concentrations, and lastly to create a novel method of quantifying marine organic matter stoichiometry. Her work has demonstrated the importance of understanding, utilizing, and quantifying marine stoichiometry as a metric of ocean health to better improve modelling efforts in a changing climate.

Melinda Nicewonger, Earth System Science

Melinda Nicewonger, Earth System Science

Degrees:

  • Earth System Science, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2019 (expected)
  • Earth System Science, UC Irvine, M.S., 2015
  • Meteorology, Texas A&M University, B.S., 2013

Research

Reconstructing fire emissions using trace gases in polar ice cores

Biography

Melinda Nicewonger received her B.S. in Meteorology from Texas A&M University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at UC Irvine in the Department of Earth System Science in the lab of Dr. Eric Saltzman and Dr. Murat Aydin. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP). Her doctoral research is focused on reconstructing fire emissions over the last 2,000 years. To achieve this, she measures the abundance of trace gases (like ethane) in the air bubbles trapped inside ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica and uses global chemistry models to interpret fire emissions from the results. Her work aims to address the pressing question of how climate controls fires on long timescales. Ultimately, the knowledge gained from this research can aid in improving our projections of future climate change. The highlight of her doctoral career has been traveling to and working at the South Pole for two fields seasons as a member of the South Pole Ice Core project. This ice core was used as part of her doctoral research project.