Peter J. Frenkel Foundation Fellowships

These fellowships are made possible by the generous support of the Peter J. Frenkel Foundation.  These highly competitive awards recognize outstanding graduate research in energy or energy efficiency by two students per academic year who have advanced to doctoral candidacy.

The award is administered through a quarterly stipend of $1000, for a total amount of $4000.  This award is meant to be additive to the student’s existing funding, but may also be used in cases where support for the student has been exhausted towards the end of his or her candidacy.

Institute faculty members can submit a nomination, or students may self-nominate for this award. Nominations for 2014-2015 Frenkel Fellows will be due in early summer 2014. 

Please contact meaghan [at] iee [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Meaghan Shaw) with any questions. 

2013-2014 Peter J. Frenkel Foundation Fellows

Ben CurtinBen Curtin
Electronics and Photonics Solutions Group

Ben Curtin is a PhD candidate in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department. His dissertation is on the use of silicon nanowires in thermoelectric materials and is being completed under the supervision of Professor John Bowers.

 

 

Kristin DenaultKristin Denault
Lighting Solutions Group

Kristin Denault is a PhD candidate in the Materials Department. Her dissertation is on inorganic phosphors for solid state white lighting applications and is being completed under the supervision of Professor Ram Seshadri. 

 

 

 

2012-2013 Peter J. Frenkel Foundation Fellows

Mingzhi Lu
Electronics and Photonics Solutions Group

Mingzhi Lu is a PhD candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.  He is completing his dissertation on the use of optical phase-locked loops in coherent optical receivers under the supervision of Professor Larry Coldren. 

Chris Takacs
Production and Storage Solutions Group

Chris Takacs is a candidate in the Physics Department. His dissertation is on long-range organic photovoltaics and is being completed under the supervision of Professor Alan Heeger. 


2011-2012 Peter J. Frenkel Foundation Fellows

Florian Dorfler
Buildings and Design Solutions Group

Florian Dorfler is a PhD candidate in the Mechanical Engineering department. He is completing his dissertation on the Synchronization of Power Networks under the supervision of Professor Francesco Bullo.

Alexander Sztein
Production and Storage Solutions Group

Alexander Sztein is a PhD candidate in the Materials Department. His dissertation is on III-Nitride Materials for Thermoelectric Applications and is being completed under the supervision of Professor Shuji Nakamura. 

From left to right: Ingrid Koslow, 2010-2011 Frenkel Fellow, Lighting Solutions Group; Alex Sztein; donors Steve and Terri Frenkel; Florian Dorfler.

Additional information for applicants:

Eligibility:

• Recipients must have advanced to PhD candidacy and be in excellent academic standing.

• Recipients must maintain continuous full-time enrollment at UC Santa Barbara throughout the entire tenure of the award.

• Recipient’s research must be conducted under the direction of an Institute for Energy Efficiency faculty member.

Submission:

• Institute faculty members can submit nominations or students may nominate themselves.

• Nominations must be submitted online during the summer. An abbreviated one-page curriculum vitae, specifically calling out relevant publications, and a letter of recommendation (optional) should also be submitted with the application.

• A committee comprised of the Institute’s Solution Group Heads, the Institute Director and the Executive Director will select awardees.

• Selection criteria emphasize initiative, contribution and accomplishment in energy or energy efficiency research and will take into consideration statements of financial need.

• Award recipients will be announced mid-September.

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