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Two MURP Students Named 2015-16 Climate and Food Fellows

December 2015

Sarah Geldmacher, a second-year MURP candidate focusing in environmental planning, has been named a Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow for her work with the UCI Regional Climate Resilience Project, seeking to better understand the matrix of existing activities regarding climate preparedness in Orange and Riverside Counties and their borderlands. 

 

 

 

Manny Preciado is a first-year MURP student with a focus in environmental policy. With his Global Food Initiative Fellowship, he will work to develop and carry-out the UCI Garden Project, a hands-on, experiential internship engaging the range of skills essential to urban agriculture, both inside the garden and as a community organizer.

Congratulations to Sarah and Manny for their awards and their continuing work in service of these goals.

The 2015-2016 Climate and Food Student Fellows program is sponsored by the UC Office of the President. The fellowships are on-campus internships to enable graduate and undergraduate students to contribute significantly to a select group of projects. The projects reflect some of the many ways UC Irvine is mobilizing to achieve the underlying goals of the UC President’s Global Food and Carbon Neutrality Initiatives.


Visit UCI's Sustainability Intiative website to find out more about these students, their projects, and the 2015 Climate and Student Fellows program.  

 

2015-2016 Watson Fellowship Recipient

December 2015

Deidre Carr is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Watson Fellowship in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program.

Deidre received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Urban Studies from the College of Charleston, South Carolina. She studied comprehensive planning, the culture of poverty, and sustainable urban design. She served as president of the Urban Studies Club and was School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Scholar.

As a MURP student at UCI, Deidre looks forward to gaining the experience and skills necessary to forge an impactful career in the fields of affordable housing development and planning, homelessness policy, and social services to support the re-integration of ex-offenders. She currently works as an Americorp VISTA with the Fullerton Homeless Collaborative, a group of nonprofits bringing awareness to the severity of homelessness and partnering with other agencies in the community to impact those that are experiencing poverty.

About the Watson Fellowship:
Original architect and urban planner for the Irvine Company, Raymond Watson played a key role in building the new city of Irvine and the University of California, Irvine. Since 2006 the Waston Fellowship Fund has been used to attract the best students to the MURP program, those committed to fostering strong and vibrant communities. In fall 2015, the Waston Fellowship gift was matched by the UCI Graduate Division. This important partnership enhances the recruitment abilities of MURP Program and benefits the University's goal to support graduate students.

 

2014-2015 Watson Fellowship Recipient

August 2014

Sarah Geldmacher, Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) student, is the 2014-2015 Watson Fellowship recipient.

Undergraduate School: Graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with BAs in anthropology and Environmental Thought & Practice, an interdisciplinary program.

As a MURP student, Geldmacher intends to focus on environmental planning to facilitate habitat conservation and design sustainable urban ecosystems.

Original architect and urban planner for the Irvine Company, Raymond Watson played a key role in building the new city of Irvine and the University of California, Irvine. Since 2006 the Watson Fellowship Fund has been used to attract the best and brightest students to the MURP program: those committed to fostering strong and vibrant communities.

 

 

2014-2015 Outstanding Continuing Concurrent Degree Award Recipient

August 2014

Priyoti Ahmed, concurrent Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) and Master's in Civil Engineering student, is the 2014-2015 Outstanding Continuing Concurrent Degree Student award recipient.

Undergraduate School: Graduated from UC Irvine with a major in Civil Engineering with a transportation concentration. Ahmed placed into Dean's honor's list for several quarters.

As a concurrent MURP/CEE student, Ahmed intends to gain a broader understanding of planning in order become a transportation engineer and planner. Ultimately, she hopes to identify transportation planning constraints and find solutions in order to touch people's lives and impact the broader community.

 

 

2013-2014 Watson Fellowship Recipient

August 2013

Calvin Mingione, Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) student, is the 2013-2014 Watson Fellowship recipient.

Undergraduate School: Graduated magna cum laude from Gonzaga University, where he double majored in sociology and criminal justice.

As a MURP student, Mingione intends to gain the education and skills that will allow him to enter the field of community planning. His future ambitions include working in community advocacy and educating underprivileged community members about resources that are available to them.

Original architect and urban planner for the Irvine Company, Raymond Watson played a key role in building the new city of Irvine and the University of California, Irvine. Since 2006 the Watson Fellowship Fund has been used to attract the best and brightest students to the MURP program: those committed to fostering strong and vibrant communities.

 

 

2013-2014 Advisory Board Fellowship Recipient

August 2013

Victoria Kim, Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) student, is the 2013-2014 Department of Planning, Policy, and Design (PPD) Advisory Board Fellowship awardee.

Undergraduate School: Graduated from UCLA, where she majored in sociology and minored in geography and urban studies.

As a MURP student, Kim intends to focus on international planning and to undertake research on development in Istanbul, Turkey.

The PPD Advisory Board is comprised of distinguished members of the community who hold leadership positions in public agencies and private sector organizations. The board helps the department leverage support for our students through scholarships, internships, career placement, and training opportunities.