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Emerging Scholars

Emerging Scholars Award for Excellence in
Research and Public Policy

The UC Center Sacramento announces its sixth annual Emerging Scholars Award for Excellence in Research and Public Policy. The award will recognize excellence in graduate student research with a direct impact on public policy. The recipients of the Emerging Scholars Award will receive a $500 prize and will deliver an invited policy lecture at the UC Center.

2020- Emerging Scholars Award Winner

Emerging Scholar 2020

Winner: Kristin Dobbin

Kristin Dobbin is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Group in Ecology at the University of California, Davis where her research focuses on the intersection of environmental justice and water governance. For her dissertation research, Kristin is looking at challenges and opportunities associated with California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) for Environmental Justice and the Human Right to Water. Prior to coming to Davis, Kristin served as Regional Water Management Coordinator at Community Water Center in Visalia. Kristin has a B.A. in Environmental Analysis from Pitzer College. 

Past Winners

Honorable Mentions (2020)

Magiana Petersen-Rockney, University of California, Berkeley- Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 

Matt Unrath, University of California, Berkeley-Goldman School of Public Policy 

Maysen Yen, University of California,Irvine-Department of Economics 

Winners (2019) 

Zachary Bleemer, University of California, Berkeley-Department of Economics 

Winners (2018)

Brittany Bass, University of California, Irvine - Department of Economics

Jacob Kirksey, University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Education 

Honorable Mentions (2018)

Adam Fine, University of California, Irvine  - Department of Psychology and Social Behavior

Tessa Provins, University of California, Merced - Department of Political Science 

Zachary Bleemer, University of California, Berkeley  - Department of Economics

Matt Barno, University of California, Irvine - Department of Criminology, Law, and Society 

Winners (2017)

Dallas Augustine, University of California, Irvine - Department of Criminology, Law, and Society

Jay Plasman, University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Education

Honorable Mentions (2017)

Michel Grosz, University of California - Davis - Department of Economics

Rylan Simpson, University of California, Irvine - Department of Criminology, Law, & Society

Winners (2016)

Rebecca Taylor, University of California, Berkeley - Agricultural & Resource Economics

Anne Brown, University of California, Los Angeles - Department of Urban Planning

Honorable Mentions (2016)

Matt Lesenyie, University of California, Davis - Department of Political Science

Raul Tadle, University of California, Santa Cruz - Department of Economics

Natalie Pifer, University of California, Irvine – Department of Criminology, Law and Society

Winners (2015)

Ann Hollingshead, University of California, Berkeley - Goldman School of Public Policy

Cameron Sublett, University of California, Santa Barbara - Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

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