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UC Davis Faculty Mentors, Grad Students Receive Wakeham Mentoring Fellowships

UC Davis Assistant Professor Katerina Ziotopoulou with students.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 (All day)

Faculty and their graduate students receive $10,000 fellowships

UC Davis Graduate Studies has selected three UC Davis professors and their students as the recipients of this year's Wakeham Mentoring Fellowships, an honor given to faculty and their mentees to support the exploration of mentoring best practices. 

Formerly called the MCT Wakeham Fellowship, the Wakeham Mentoring Fellowship Program is a competitive awards program for UC Davis academic mentors. Up to five $10,000 fellowships are awarded annually for mentors to help support one or more of their graduate student mentees. 

The 2018-2019 Wakeham Mentoring Fellowship recipients include:

Assistant Professor Barbara Blanco-UlateBarbara Blanco-Ulate

Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences

Graduate Students:

Jaclyn A. Adaskaveg (Plant Biology)
Christian J. Silva (Plant Biology)


Karen Zito

Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior and the Center for Neuroscience

Graduate Students:

Nicole Claiborne (Neuroscience)
Juan Carlos Flores (Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology)


Katerina Ziotopoulou

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Graduate Students: 

Maya El Kortbawi (Civil and Environmental Engineering
Francisco Humire (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Sumeet Sinha (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Renmin Pretell (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

All three honorees attended seminars and workshops in last year's Mentoring at Critical Transitions Faculty Seminar Series. The events were designed to enhance the preparedness of UC Davis faculty in areas affecting the mentoring, academic socialization, and overall success of the diverse graduate student population and featured expert speakers such as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Diversity Raquel Aldana and internationally-recognized lecturer Hugh Kearns

This year, Graduate Studies is just one of a number UC Davis departments who will host workshops and seminars focused on topics pertaining to faculty-graduate student mentorship. Other event content providers include Academic Affairs, the Office of Research, and the Internship and Career Center. Workshops will be focused on topics such as graduate student mental health and experiential education. 

For more information about the Wakeham Mentoring Fellowship, visit the Graduate Studies mentoring page or email Elizabeth Sturdy, senior academic advisor and mentoring workgroup chair, at

About Graduate Studies at UC Davis

Graduate Studies at UC Davis includes 99 dynamic degree programs and a diverse and interactive student body from around the world. Known for our state-of-the-art research facilities, productive laboratories and progressive spirit – UC Davis offers collaborative and interdisciplinary curricula through graduate groups and designated emphasis options – bringing students and faculty of different academic disciplines together to address real-world challenges.

UC Davis graduate students and postdoctoral scholars become leaders in their fields – researchers, teachers, politicians, mentors and entrepreneurs. They go on to guide, define and impact change within our global community.

For information on Graduate Studies’ current strategic initiatives, visit the Graduate Studies strategic plan page.