tom angell fellowship

Awarded annually at the Office of Inclusive Excellence’s Mentoring for Achievement and Excellence event, this fellowship is intended to honor Tom Angell’s contributions as the UCI Graduate Counselor to graduate student wellness and retention. Awards are open to graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars. Award recipients demonstrate outstanding mentorship by going above and beyond their normal duties to create new opportunities to mentor UCI students.

Graduate Student Awardee

Nima Yolmo - Tom Angell Graduate Student AwardeeNima Yolmo

Department of Anthropology
School of Social Sciences

Nima L Yolmo is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the University of California-Irvine. Building upon her earlier research on the complexity of digital money usage in New Delhi, her dissertation project examines the relationship between currency, governance, and relational identities in North-East India.  Her broader research interests relate to money infrastructures, mutual-aid, and transnationalism. She is the founding member of the Interrogating South Asia Working Group at UC-Irvine and serves as a mentor for the Graduate Undergraduate Mentoring Programme at the Department of Anthropology, UCI

Postdoctoral Scholar Awardee

Victor Pham

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
School of Medicine

Victor Pham is currently working as a Postdoctoral scholar in the department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) studying infectious diseases and HIV latency. He had recently received the 2021 Tom Angell Postdoctoral Fellowship for his mentorship of excellence. Dr. Pham graduated from UCI in 2020 with his PhD in the department of Pharmaceutical Sciences studying cancer and stem cell biology and was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship. In addition to his education and research, Dr. Pham is also a biology professor at local colleges, including Santiago Canyon College,  Irvine Valley College, and California State University of Fullerton.  Dr. Pham is committed and is passionate to help student’s future success and career endeavors. He has been working with the Orange County Biotechnology Educational program (OCBE) since 2014 and has been a valuable member in that program as he provides internship sites to many OCBE students ever since.

Faculty Awardee

Franklin Dollar

Department of Physics and Astronomy
School of Physical Sciences

Professor Dollar is the Vice-Chair of Inclusive Excellence for the Department of Physics & Astronomy, and is the founding faculty advisor for the Physics & Astronomy Community Excellence (PACE) program. In addition to research on laser driven particle acceleration and light sources, he is involved with a variety of recruitment and retention efforts for underrepresented students in STEM fields, with a particular focus on American Indians.

Congratulations!

2020 Awardees

Graduate Student Award:

Martín Jacinto

Department of Sociology
School of Social Sciences

Postdoctoral Scholar Award:

Mehdi Abouzari

Department of Otolaryngology
School of Medicine

Faculty Award

Renée Link

Professor of Chemistry
School of Physical Sciences

2019 Awardees

Graduate Student Awards:

Ariana Brown

Department of Physics & Astronomy
School of Physical Sciences

Katy Rodriguez Wimberly

Department of Physics & Astronomy
School of Physical Sciences

Postdoctoral Scholar Award:

Guadalupe Diaz

School of Education

Faculty Award

Belinda Campos

Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies
School of Social Sciences

2018 Awardees

Graduate Student Awards:

Christopher Chamberlin

Department of Culture & Theory
School of Humanities

Postdoctoral Scholar Award:

Aude Segaliny

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Faculty Award

Donald Dabdub

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering

2017 Awardees

Graduate Student Awards:

Alexandra Raleigh

Department of Political Science
School of Social Sciences

Liz Clark

Department of Anthropology
School of Social Sciences

Faculty Award

Anita Casavantes-Bradford

Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies and History
School of Social Sciences

Honorable Mentions:

Miguel Abad

Graduate Student, School of Education

Timmy Ma

Graduate Student, Department of Mathematics
School of Physical Sciences

Edwin Amenta

Professor of Sociology
School of Social Sciences

2016 Awardees

Graduate Student Awards:

Nayna Sanathara

Department of Pharmacology
School of Medicine

Postdoctoral Scholar Award:

Houman Yaghoubi

Department of Chemistry
School of Physical Sciences

Faculty Award

Daphne Lei

Professor of Drama
Claire Trevor School of the Arts

2015 Awardees

Graduate Student Awards:

Jessica Kizer

Department of Sociology
School of Social Sciences

Postdoctoral Scholar Award:

Dana Rose Garfin

Department of Psychological Science
School of Social Ecology

Faculty Award:

Roxane Cohen Silver

Professor of Psychological Science, Medicine, and Public Health
School of Social Ecology

Honorable Mention:

Cathery Yeh

Graduate Student, School of Education
School of Social Ecology

To find out more about this fellowship program, please visit the webpage for UCI Graduate Division Internal Fellowships.