Two Social Ecology Ph.D students awarded prestigious NSF fellowships

April 2017

Two Social Ecology students recently received Graduate Research Fellowship Program scholarships from the National Science Foundation. They were among 2,000 awardees selected from more than 13,000 applicants, and will receive $34,000 annual stipends and a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for UCI.

Jose Torres is a second year doctoral student in the department of Criminology, Law and Society. His research focuses on the criminalization of the Latino undocumented community in the United States, specifically the Central American community. He authored an article published in La Ceiba Undergraduate Student Journal titled “Masculinity in Salvadoran Gangs: The Normalization of Violence.” He has also presented at several regional and national conferences, including the American Society for Criminology, the Western Society of Criminology and the West Coast Law and Society Conference.

Jared Celniker is a first year doctoral student in the department of Psychology and Social Behavior. His research focuses on political and moral psychology, specifically on why people favor the policies shared by others in the group, and how to mitigate those partisan influences on political decision making. As an undergraduate, he presented at conferences for the International Positive Psychology Association, the National Honors Collegiate Council, the Western Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. He also writes a blog for Psychology Today.