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Presidential Graduate Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) Fellowship

GOLD Fellowship Spring or Summer 2021 Application

The UC Center Sacramento (UCCS) is excited to announce that we will be continuing the Presidential GOLD Fellowship program for Spring 2021 and Summer 2021! This program offers doctoral-level graduate students in any academic discipline an opportunity to spend a quarter, semester or summer term in residence or virtually in Sacramento for the purpose of conducting public policy research on issues germane to California, engaging with state policymakers, and supporting undergraduate education at UCCS. Fellowship recipients receive support including assistance with in-state tuition and fees. Selection is based on a combination of demonstrated interest and experience in public policy and/or public service; academic accomplishment and evidence of exceptional communication skills.

Submissions should be made no later than February 1, 2021 and should include: 

Description of public policy research interests (500 words max)

Current CV

Teaching evaluations from last two quarters/semesters

Letter of recommendation from a supervising professor

Please submit all materials (letter of recommendation sent separately by professor) to Cindy Simmons, UCCS Associate Director, at csimmons@ucdavis.edu, with the subject line “GOLD Fellowship.”

 

 

GOLD Fellowship Recipients

Christopher Ozuna  

Christopher Ozuna, is a PhD candidate in Education Policy, Leadership, and Research Methods at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

During his time as a UCCS GOLD Fellow, Christopher interned for the state’s Government Operations Agency under Joy Bonaguro, Chief Data Officer. He conducted a comparative analysis of data strategies in both US and international contexts and worked on outlining a framework for a statewide data strategyAs part of UC Center Sacramento’s academic team, Christopher co-led extended curriculum workshops for UC Center Sacramento undergraduate students specifically focusing on organizational and academic writing. He provided mentorship to UCCS students, focusing on their career goals and research interest.

During his time as a GOLD Fellow, Christopher also collaborated on a project with California’s labor supply of new teachers and designed and piloted an instrument to measure features of teacher education programs.  

Emily Hentschke  

Emily Hentschke, is a PhD candidate in Social Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. During her time as a UCCS GOLD Fellow, Emily interned with California Department of Housing and Community Development.  With this internship, she explored the challenges and opportunities related to Projects Roomkey, which provided hotel rooms to people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also explored opportunities with Project Homekey which supported acquisition of motels to increase long term housing for people experiencing homelessness and mitigate the financial and public health effects of COVID 19.  

Emily interviewed city and county officials about their experiences with Projects Roomkey and Homekey. Based on the interviews, she was able to create case studies and a report highlighting barriers and tools for successfully developing political and community support for Projects Homekey, Roomkey, and future housing programs. She also wrote a chapter on the philosophy of basic income policy.  

During her time with UC Center Sacramento and as part of the Center’s academic team, Emily co- facilitated a writing workshop for UC Center Sacramento students which focused on organizational writing and academic writing tips. She also presented a lecture on Qualitative Research Methods for UC Center Sacramento undergraduate students.  

Hannah Palmer  

Hannah Palmer, is a PhD candidate in Geology at the University of California, Davis.

During her time with UC Center Sacramento, Hannah supported and mentored UC Center Sacramento undergraduate students by hosting weekly coffee hour with students to discuss research and career paths. Hannah also led and facilitated an extended curriculum session titled “Careers in Environmental Science and Policy Panel.”  

As a UCCS GOLD Fellow, Hannah interned at the California Council of Science and Technology. During her time as a UCCS GOLD Fellow, she attended weekly staff and project meetings. As a project, she co-authored a report on Costs and Losses of Wildfire in California. She wrote several chapters of the report. To learn and read the report, please click this link.  

Nhat-Dang Do

Nhat-Dang Do (Dang) is a PhD candidate in the Political Science Department at the University of California, San Diego.  During his time as a UCCS GOLD Fellow, Dang interned at the Assembly Office of Research and assisted them on research projects, primarily on completing their project on green energy policy and planning for research around voter turnout in California among racial minorities.

Dang led workshops for UCCS students which focused on preparation and applying to the Capitol Fellows Program and an introduction to R programming for social science research. He mentored and advised UCCS students on their research projects, particularly in policy research design and quantitative analysis.

During his time in Sacramento, Dang also collected data at the California State Archives for his own research projects and compiled and synthesized literature on racial minority political participation, and worked on creating a research design focused on minority voter turnout after new voting reforms.  Additionally, he wrote a descriptive paper regarding racial minority interest group activity in California state legislature.

Christopher Ozuna  

Christopher Ozuna, is a PhD candidate in Education Policy, Leadership, and Research Methods at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

During his time as a UCCS GOLD Fellow, Christopher interned for the state’s Government Operations Agency under Joy Bonaguro, Chief Data Officer. He conducted a comparative analysis of data strategies in both US and international contexts and worked on outlining a framework for a statewide data strategyAs part of UC Center Sacramento’s academic team, Christopher co-led extended curriculum workshops for UC Center Sacramento undergraduate students specifically focusing on organizational and academic writing. He provided mentorship to UCCS students, focusing on their career goals and research interest.

During his time as a GOLD Fellow, Christopher also collaborated on a project with California’s labor supply of new teachers and designed and piloted an instrument to measure features of teacher education programs.  

Emily Hentschke  

Emily Hentschke, is a PhD candidate in Social Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. During her time as a UCCS GOLD Fellow, Emily interned with California Department of Housing and Community Development.  With this internship, she explored the challenges and opportunities related to Projects Roomkey, which provided hotel rooms to people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also explored opportunities with Project Homekey which supported acquisition of motels to increase long term housing for people experiencing homelessness and mitigate the financial and public health effects of COVID 19.  

Emily interviewed city and county officials about their experiences with Projects Roomkey and Homekey. Based on the interviews, she was able to create case studies and a report highlighting barriers and tools for successfully developing political and community support for Projects Homekey, Roomkey, and future housing programs. She also wrote a chapter on the philosophy of basic income policy.  

During her time with UC Center Sacramento and as part of the Center’s academic team, Emily co- facilitated a writing workshop for UC Center Sacramento students which focused on organizational writing and academic writing tips. She also presented a lecture on Qualitative Research Methods for UC Center Sacramento undergraduate students.  

Hannah Palmer  

Hannah Palmer, is a PhD candidate in Geology at the University of California, Davis.

During her time with UC Center Sacramento, Hannah supported and mentored UC Center Sacramento undergraduate students by hosting weekly coffee hour with students to discuss research and career paths. Hannah also led and facilitated an extended curriculum session titled “Careers in Environmental Science and Policy Panel.”  

As a UCCS GOLD Fellow, Hannah interned at the California Council of Science and Technology. During her time as a UCCS GOLD Fellow, she attended weekly staff and project meetings. As a project, she co-authored a report on Costs and Losses of Wildfire in California. She wrote several chapters of the report. To learn and read the report, please click this link.  

Nhat-Dang Do

Nhat-Dang Do (Dang) is a PhD candidate in the Political Science Department at the University of California, San Diego.  During his time as a UCCS GOLD Fellow, Dang interned at the Assembly Office of Research and assisted them on research projects, primarily on completing their project on green energy policy and planning for research around voter turnout in California among racial minorities.

Dang led workshops for UCCS students which focused on preparation and applying to the Capitol Fellows Program and an introduction to R programming for social science research. He mentored and advised UCCS students on their research projects, particularly in policy research design and quantitative analysis.

During his time in Sacramento, Dang also collected data at the California State Archives for his own research projects and compiled and synthesized literature on racial minority political participation, and worked on creating a research design focused on minority voter turnout after new voting reforms.  Additionally, he wrote a descriptive paper regarding racial minority interest group activity in California state legislature.

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