Chancellor's Club Fellows

Featured Fellows

These fellowships are awarded to the brightest and the best graduate students at UCI who also show great promise as future leaders. Nominations are made by Deans for scholars in their respective schools. The support and generosity of the Chancellor's Club members has allowed promising graduate students to be designated as Chancellor's Club Fund for Excellence Fellows.





 
Sandra L. Blair

Sandra L. Blair

Degrees:

  • Chemistry, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2016 expected
  • Chemistry, UC Irvine, M.S., 2014
  • Chemistry, CSU Chico, B.S., 2010

Research: Photochemistry of Atmospheric Aerosols

Biography
Sandra Blair is a doctoral candidate in the School of Physical Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. She holds an M.S. degree in Chemistry (2014) from the University of California, Irvine and a B.S. degree in Chemistry (2010) from the California State University, Chico. Her Ph.D. thesis work focuses on the chemical composition, chemical evolution, and light-absorption properties of anthropogenic and biogenic organic aerosols studied using various state-of-the-art techniques. The main emphasis of this research is the effect of solar radiation on the aerosol chemical and physical properties. While gas-phase photochemistry is well understood, condensed-phase reactions in aerosols are poorly known. The experiments conducted by Sandra Blair will contribute to reducing the uncertainty in the role of aerosols in the Earth’s climate and understanding of the detrimental health effects of particulate matter pollutants. As a first generation student, Sandra’s experiences strongly motivate her to pursue a career in academia. Sandra’s long-term goal is to establish a research group in atmospheric chemistry to contribute to the scientific understanding of atmospheric aerosols and other air pollutants


Adam Ghazi-Tehrani

Adam Ghazi-Tehrani

Degrees:

  • Criminology, Law & Society, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2016 expected
  • Criminology, Law & Society, UC Irvine, M.A., 2012
  • Criminal Justice, CSU Long Beach, M.S., 2010
  • Political Science, UC Davis, B.A., 2007

Research: Cyber warfare

Biography
Adam Ghazi-Tehrani completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Davis in California in 2007 with a B.A. in Political Science and minor in Philosophy. He will complete his Ph.D. in Criminology, Law & Society in 2016. His research at UCI has focused on white-collar crime issues in China and cyber crime issues in the U.S., China, and Thailand. Adam argues that current cyber criminological research tends to be too narrowly focused on things such as attack vectors, while ignoring larger issues such as inadequate legislation, minimal IT staffing and a lack of "defensive" funding. He has recently returned from Asia, where he conducted a number of interviews with cyber security researchers, journalists, and government officials.


Anna Kryczka

Anna Kryczka

Degrees:

  • Visual Studies, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2016 expected
  • Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago M.A., 2009
  • Art History and Anthropology, Knox College, 2007

Research: Mid-twentieth century American art, design, media and material culture, and architecture with an emphasis on issues of taste, technology, display, labor, and domesticity.

Biography
Anna Kryczka completed her undergraduate work at Knox College in Illinois in 2007 and received a Master’s in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009.  She will complete her Ph.D. in Visual Studies in 2016. Her research focuses on American art, architecture, design, and media of the Cold War era. Kryczka's work has appeared in the Journal of Visual Culture and History and Technology. Her book, Learning by Doing at the Farm: Craft, Science, and Counterculture in Modern California, co-written with Robert J. Kett was published in 2014.


Joyce Lin

Joyce Lin

Degrees:

  • Education, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2016 expected
  • Education, UC Irvine, M.A., 2014
  • Sociology, UCLA, B.A., 2011

Research: Culture & Parenting

Biography
Joyce Lin is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education and is specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development. She received her M.A. in Education from the University of California, Irvine and her B.A. in Sociology and minor in Education Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on environmental and contextual influences, such as culture and poverty, on parenting and what implications these have for child development. Joyce strives to identify various factors that serve as risk or protective factors for child development, in hopes of designing prevention and interventions programs that promote healthy child development. Her dissertation project is a cross-cultural, mixed-method study exploring how cultural values and beliefs serve as risk or protective factors for parental physical aggression (e.g., corporal punishment and physical abuse). She will look at these relationships across different cultural groups and is interested in exploring the role that generation status and acculturation play. Joyce has presented her research at regional and national conferences and is a recipient of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Student and Early Career Committee (SECC) Dissertation Funding Research Award. She has also been a Teaching Associate since January 2014 and has engaged in extensive service in the School of Education as well as with community partners.


Suman Kumar Mitra

Suman Kumar Mitra

Degrees:

  • Transportation Science, UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2016 expected
  • Urban and Regional Planning, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, M.U.R.P, 2008
  • Urban and Regional Planning, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, B.U.R.P, 2005

Research: Travel Behavior Analysis on Social Justice Issues in Urban Transportation Planning.

Biography
Suman Kumar Mitra is a PhD candidate in Transportation Science at the University of California, Irvine. He earned his Bachelor and Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He is currently working on his PhD dissertation research under the guidance of Professor Jean-Daniel Saphores.  His dissertation research has three parts: Part 1 explores how transportation facilities influence property value in developing countries with an application to Rajshahi, Bangladesh; Part 2 analyzes the travel behavior of voluntary and involuntary carless households in California, both for social justice and environmental reasons; and Part 3 it explores characteristics of long distance travel in California. His research interests are unified by a desire to find viable ways to reduce our dependence on automobile travel.  He is the recipient of a 2015-2016 Public Impact Fellowship from the University of California, Irvine and of a 2014 Phi Beta Kappa International Scholarship also from the University of California, Irvine.


Mohammad Rafi

Mohammad Rafi

Research: German Ideological Influence on the Development of Iranian Nationalism

Degrees:

  • European Languages and Studies (German), UC Irvine, Ph.D., 2016
  • German Literature& Philosophy, UC Los Angeles, M.A., 2008
  • Political Science (International Relations), UC Los Angeles, B.A., 2005

Biography
Mohammad Rafi received a B.A in Political Science in 2005 and a Master’s Degree in German Philosophy in 2008 both at the University of California, Los Angeles. He will complete his Ph.D. in the European Languages and Studies department in 2016. His research at UC Irvine focuses on Germany’s ideological influence on the development of Iranian nationalism throughout the twentieth century. He looks at what role Germany played since the First World War in shaping Iranian national ideology. Ideological currents such as the myth of a shared common Aryan identity influenced Iranian national self-understanding. Other anti-Modern currents, originating in Germany, were adapted by central Iranian intellectuals and made in accordance with Political Islam, playing a central role in the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The evolution of Iranian nationalism is connected to its sovereignty and of interest to the International Community due to a recent nuclear agreement. Mohammad has previously been awarded the Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies Pre-Dissertation Fellowship from the University of California, San Diego and the Zarrinkelk Fellowship from the Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies at UC Irvine. Additionally, his work on Iran and Germany has been published with TELOS and also translated into German, Norwegian and Persian.


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