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Dan David Solar Fellowship

In 2007, Sarah R. Kurtz was one of the prestigious awardees of the Dan David Prize Laureate for her work toward the development of concentration solar power systems using multi-junction solar cells.  Kurtz helped pioneer the multi-junction solar cell used by most space satellites and NASA’s Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. It was her desire to establish the Dan David Solar Fellowship, the first of its kind, to support graduate students working in the area of concentrating solar power systems.


Eligibility Requirements & Standards

  • Preference will be given to continuing graduate students in a solar energy field, specifically concentrating on solar power systems using multi-junction solar cells.
  • Preference will be given to those who show academic excellence and a clear desire to pursue a career in solar energy.
  • All continuing graduate students are eligible, regardless of citizenship.
  • Currently be enrolled in 12 units in one of the graduate programs, GPA ≥ 3.0 and good academic standing.

Financial Support

  • Two or more fellowship awards will be made each academic year.
  • Each award will be up to $2,000 for this current academic year, depending on funds available.  Funds will disburse by the middle of Spring 2018.

Student Loan Impact

  • Per federal guidelines, all fellowship and tuition support is taken into consideration when determining student loan eligibility.  If the student will receive federal student loans during the same academic year as this award, please note that this award could, and most likely will, reduce their student loan eligibility.

Application & Review Procedures

  • Apply by completing an online application.
  • Each application must include a one-page personal statement that speaks to your solar research, accomplishments to date, and long-term goals.
  • Must include one letter of recommendation from a UCM faculty member, CV and unofficial UCM transcripts.
  • The fellowship committee will review all complete applications based on the criteria above.  However, please note, incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

* The Graduate Division reserves the right not to make an award in any given year for which a call for applications/nominations has been issued.

 

Deadlines

See the Internal Fellowships page for current deadlines associated with this fellowship.


Dan David Solar Fellows

2016/17

Jonathan Ferry
 

Ali Hassanzade
 

Christine Hoffman
Applied Mathematics

Som sarang
 

2015/16

Benaz Colabewala
Physics

Christine Hoffman
Applied Mathematics

Melissa Ricketts
Physics

Bennett Widyolar
Environmental Systems

2013/14

Moe Christian
Mechanical Engieering

2011/12

Lun Jiang 
Environmental Systems

Moe Christian
Mechanical Engieering

2010/11

Tara Backman
Mechanical Engieering

Lun Jiang
Environmental Systems

Andrea Rodarte
Physics

Benett Widyolar
Mechanical Engieering   

2009/10

Kevin Balkoski
Mechanical Engieering

Heather Poiry
Mechanical Engieering

Chunhua Wang
Environmental Systems

2008/09

Udaydeep Bali
Mechanical Engieering 

Kevin Balkoski 
Mechanical Engieering