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GradPathways Institute Names 2021-2022 Professors for the Future Fellows

Over a dozen graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from the University of California, Davis, have been named the 2021-2022 fellows in the Professors for the Future (PFTF) program.

Professors for the Future is a competitive fellowship program designed to develop the leadership skills of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who have demonstrated their commitment to professionalism, integrity, and academic service.

The year-long program prepares participating to face the future challenges of graduate education, postdoctoral training, and the academy. Professors for the Future is designed to prepare UC Davis doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars for a rapidly changing university environment through monthly seminars, an annual retreat, and courses on teaching pedagogy and ethics and professionalism in higher education. 

Fellows also receive a stipend in recognition of their selection to this highly competitive program.

“We have 15 amazing incoming fellows from a variety of disciplines and we are excited to welcome them to the program,” said Teresa Dillinger, director of the GradPathways Institute for Professional Development and co-director of the Professors for the Future program. “They have proposed a number of innovative projects to support their peers.  Projects range from increasing support for underrepresented and 1st generation graduate students and postdocs to providing practical skills trainings such as communicating research, effective use of Python and LaTeX and more.  We look forward to a productive and enriching year for all involved.”  

The 2021-2022 Professors for the Future fellows are:

  • Chloe Brotherton
    Ph.D. Candidate, Linguistics
    Project: “Virtual Community-Building for LGBTQ Graduate Students”
  • Rachael Coon
    Ph.D. Candidate, Animal Biology
    Project: “Improving Science Communication through Improv Theater”
  • Rose De Kock
    Ph.D. Candidate, Neuroscience
  • Project: “Empowerment And Education For Scholars Against Sexual Harassment In Academia”
  • Mason del Rosario
    Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Project: “LaTeX 101: Making Publication-Quality Papers and Professional-Grade Presentations”
  • Aisha Faruqi
    Ph.D. Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Project: “Addressing the Needs of BIPOC Graduate Students”
  • Alyssa Griffin
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth & Planetary Sciences
    Project: “Now Hiring: Resources and Support for STEM Ph.D.s Seeking Competitive Academic Positions”
  • Tyler Kline
    Ph.D. Candidate, Linguistics
    Project: “We Are First: Continuing Resource-Building for First-Generation Graduate Students of All Experiences, Backgrounds, and Aspirations”
  • Alba Ledesma
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Animal Science
    Project: “Inspiring Womxn and Femmes in STEM Symposium”
  • Kaisen Lin
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Air Quality Research Center
    Project: “Serve as a Peer-Reviewer for Scientific Journals”
  • Gwyneth Manser
    Ph.D. Candidate, Geography
    Project: “Developing a Community-Engaged and Public Scholarship Toolkit for Graduate Students”
  • Deniss Martinez
    Ph.D. Candidate, Ecology
    Project: “UndocuGrad Student Toolkit”
  • Margaret Miller
    Ph.D. Candidate, English
    Project: “How to do Mutual Aid: Best Practices for Graduate Students”
  • Danielle Stevens
    Ph.D. Candidate, Integrative Genetics and Genomics
    Project: “Simple Steps to Turn Sketches into Digital Communication”
  • Eric Tymstra
    Ph.D. Candidate, Ecology
    Project: “GRASP: Graduate Resources, Accountability and Structure Partnerships”
  • Nathan Yoshino
    Ph.D. Candidate, Chemistry
    Project: “Python Bootcamp for Incoming Graduate Students”

For more information about PFTF, visit the Professors for the Future page on the GradPathways Institute website.

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