First Year Scholars Program

The First Year Scholars program supports the intellectual and professional development of first year doctoral students in the Division, further building our community of scholars. Participating students will also have the opportunity to engage in supported and mentored summer research experiences. A link to the application to join the program will be sent to all incoming PhD students within the Division.

Goals and Objectives:

The goals of SSD Scholars Program:

  1. Empower students to strategically plan and take control for their graduate education, and build intellectual community.
  2. Foster a strong cohort among first year students across the Division of the Social Sciences.

To achieve these goals, the program:

  1. Provides academic, social, and professional development opportunities.
  2. Eases the transition of incoming graduate students in SSD.
  3. Builds awareness of university resources.
  4. Promotes mental health wellbeing and raise awareness of mental health resources.
  5. Helps students find community in and outside of the university.

Students will come together monthly for workshops, meetings, and socials with faculty and other doctoral students. Programing will also draw on resources from UChicagoGRAD, Student Health and Wellness, and the Center for Civic Engagement. 

All participating students can apply for mentored summer research grants in the summer following their participation in the program.

For more information, contact Chaevia Clendinen, Associate Dean for Student Advancement and Diversity.

2022 First Year Scholars

Jessie Alperin, Committee on Social Thought

Monica Barbosa, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics

Annastasia Conner, Department of History

Juan Curiel, Department of Political Science

Quanyi Dai, Department of Sociology

Zaria El-Fil, Department of History

Farhia Farah, Department of Comparative Human Development

Daniel Fernandez, Department of History

Xiaohan Guo, Department of Psychology

Zi Yun Huang, Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science

Joseph Kupferberg, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics

Zikai Li, Department of Political Science

Alyssa Mendez, Department of Anthropology

Sebastian Ortega, Department of Sociology

Le Vi Pham, Department of History

Joseph Rathke, Department of History

Nak Won Rim, Department of Psychology

Nicolo Rizzotti, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics

Diana Sandoval Siman, Department of Sociology

Adam Saxton, Department of Political Science

Sofia Shchukina, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of   Economics

Katherine Vasquez, Department of Psychology

Jessica Waltmon, Department of Psychology

Alexander Weinberg, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics

Alaina Wibberly, Department of Anthropology