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2021-22 Call for Nominations

Purpose

Oceanids and its members have witnessed the birth and amazing growth of UC San Diego since 1952. Oceanids members share a common belief in the power of higher education, and awarding scholarships and fellowships beautifully underscores what they are about as a group, and as individuals. Each year thanks to generous gifts, Oceanids scholarship and fellowships enable students to step out into the world with a lighter financial burden. Learn more about Oceanids graduate fellowships here.

Eligibility

Bertha Lebus Fellowship - One (1) Award at $3,000

This fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student who is returning to UC San Diego and has had a break in their education of at least one year, preferably longer, from the completion of undergraduate studies. Nominees should have a long-range goal to become a teacher at any educational level. 

Each academic department may nominate one (1) student for this award.


Frieda Daum Urey Academic Fellowship - Four (4) Awards at $2,500 each

This fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student who has had a significant hiatus in their studies since undergraduate education, and subsequently enrolls in graduate or professional studies on the General Campus or The Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and for whom the award of the fellowship will make a critical financial difference in their ability to attend UC San Diego. The length of the hiatus will typically be at least five years, but may be as short as two to three years for students in science or engineering or resuming studies after military service.  Ph.D. students will be preferred, but master's and professional students are also eligible. SOM/SSPPS professional degree and graduate academic degree programs are not eligible.

Each academic department may nominate one (1) student for this award.


Freida Daum Urey Endowment/Matching Fellowship - Five (5) Awards at $2,500 each

This fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student who identifies as a woman has had a significant hiatus in their studies since undergraduate education, and subsequently enrolls in graduate or professional studies on the General Campus or The Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and for whom the award of the fellowship will make a critical financial difference in their ability to attend UC San Diego. The length of the hiatus will typically be at least five years, but may be as short as two to three years for students in science or engineering or resuming studies after military service.  Ph.D. students will be preferred, but master's and professional students are also eligible. SOM/SSPPS professional degree and graduate academic degree programs are not eligible.

Each academic department may nominate one (1) student for this award.


Oceanids Memorial Fellowship - Two (2) Awards at $3,000 each

This fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student who has exhibited academic excellence and financial need at the General Campus of UC San Diego or the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Nominees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  

Each academic department may nominate one (1) student for this award.


Sigma Delta Epsilon Tau Chapter Fellowship - Four (4) Awards at $2,500 each

This fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student participating in research in the sciences.

Each academic department may nominate one (1) student for this award.


All award recipients must meet all eligibility requirements for fellowship funding at the time of the award disbursement.

Nominations

  • To nominate students, please submit the following documents via this Google Form:

  • Please submit a separate Nomination Form for each nominee (Single Sign-On is required) and upload all required supporting documents as .pdf files at the end of the Google form.

    • Nomination Form submitted by department/program staff or faculty.
    • Letter from the Department Chair or Graduate Adviser covering the following about the nominee: 

      • The nominee's academic performance to date and potential for making significant contributions to research, teaching, and/or artistic activity.        
      • How the nominee meets the specific eligibility requirements of the award.  
      • The nominee's financial need.
    • Transcript If nominating a continuing student, submit a copy of the nominee's unofficial UC San Diego transcript. If nominating an incoming student, submit a copy of the nominee's unofficial undergraduate transcript.

    • Admission Materials If nominating an incoming student, submit a copy of the nominee's application for admission, including: statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and unofficial undergraduate transcript(s).

  • Emailed nominations will NOT be accepted.
  • Students cannot self-nominate; departments must nominate students for this award.
  • If you have trouble accessing the Google Form, please email tschaps@ucsd.edu for assistance.

Deadlines

Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. We will announce selected awardees shortly thereafter.

Past Recipients

Award YearAward Name

Amount

Student RecipientDepartment
2021-22Bertha Lebus Fellowship$3,000Isidro Perez GarciaVisual Arts
2021-22Frieda Daum Urey Academic Fellowship$2,500Jessica AguilarLiterature
2021-22Frieda Daum Urey Academic Fellowship$2,500Hyesoo KimChemistry & Biochemistry
2021-22Frieda Daum Urey Academic Fellowship$2,500Martina MapesEducation Studies
2021-22Frieda Daum Urey Academic Fellowship$2,500Maya RichardsLiterature
2021-22Frieda Daum Urey Endowment Fellowship$2,500Amanda BauerEconomics
2021-22Frieda Daum Urey Endowment Fellowship$2,500Anonymous StudentVisual Arts
2021-22Frieda Daum Urey Endowment Fellowship$2,500Heather PaulsonLiterature
2021-22Frieda Daum Urey Matching Fellowship$2,500Mia BorzelloCognitive Science
2021-22Frieda Daum Urey Matching Fellowship$2,500Angelica OrlovaChemistry & Biochemistry
2021-22Oceanids Memorial Fellowship$3,000Syeda (ShahBano) Ijaz

Political Science

2021-22Oceanids Memorial Fellowship$3,000Erick RamirezSociology
2021-22Sigma Delta Epsilon Tau Chapter Fellowship$2,500Dong LeMaterials Science & Engineering
2021-22Sigma Delta Epsilon Tau Chapter Fellowship$2,500Anh PhamBioinformatics and Systems Biology
2021-22Sigma Delta Epsilon Tau Chapter Fellowship$2,500Mariam SalibChemistry & Biochemistry
2021-22Sigma Delta Epsilon Tau Chapter Fellowship$2,500Suhan ZhongMathematics
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