UC’s Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship Program funds student-generated research, related projects or internships that focus on food issues. All 10 UC campuses plus UC Agriculture and Natural Resources and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are participating in the program.

The program began in fall 2014, with the fellows participating in an April 2015 tour of an organic peach farm near Fresno and a July 2015 symposium in San Francisco. The second class of fellows was announced in 2015 and participated in an April 2016 tour of an organic farm in the Capay Valley and a June 2016 symposium in Fullerton. The third class of fellows was announced in 2016 and this cohort wrapped up their GFI fellowship with a trip to the San Joaquin Delta to learn about the work of UC ANR Cooperative Extension and participating in the Fullerton symposium. The fourth class of cohorts was announced in June 2017 whose experience culminated in a field trip to UC San Diego to experience the campus farms and local community gardens and participated at the symposium held at UC Santa Barbara. The 2018 class of fellows represented the fifth cohort and traveled to UC Santa Cruz to learn more about their CASFS program and campus farms as part of their year end activity. In July 2019, the sixth cohort was announced and this cohort of fellows participated in a virtual conversation with then-President Napolitano and the first virtual symposium. The application process takes place in late spring and the program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, and administered at each location to ensure that student efforts align with local needs.

For questions about the GFI Student Fellowship Program, email studentservices@ucop.edu

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Kristal Caballero

Community outreach and education

Elsbeth Sites

Mexican American juvenile obesity

Sonya M. Zhu

Analysis of the Healthy Communities Study


Mackenzie Feldman

Student Ambassador

Will Payne

Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley

Maria Balcazar Tellez

UC System Basic Needs

Katelynd E. Todd

UC Food and Beverage Choices policy


Gwen Marie Chodur

Reducing food insecurity on campus

Dana Jane Ng

Student Ambassador

Natalie Faith Pang

Basic needs marketing

Zachary Pierce

Increase CalFresh enrollment and reduce food waste


Emily Makini

Food recovery

Melissa Mulengwa

Student Ambassador

Emanuel Preciado

UC Irvine Garden Project

Gracie Wong

Reducing food waste on campus

Los Angeles

Mark Biedlingmaier

Promote community building and address food insecurity on campus

Shelly Dieu

CalFresh Initiative and community gardening

Evelin Escobedo

Student Ambassador

Katy Eyberg

Responding to Proposition 64

Jasmine Fong

Swipe Out Hunger and the Hunger Project

Jessica Huang

Student Ambassador

Shiyu Ji

Chinese foodways chemistry and traditional farming

Caryssa Lim

The Seeds to Plate Program and middle school education

Gray Zeldes

Filming UCLA's food culture


Isabella Beltran

Student Ambassador

Katie Lynn Cantwell Butterfield

Health Campus Network

Joseph Camaddo

Water salinity and crops

Susana Canela

Farm desertification

Alexander Li

Dining Services sustainability


Audrey Lim

R'Pantry support

Raymond Iu

Water consumption data collection

Holly Mayton, Ph.D.

Student Ambassador

Lihua Xu, Ph.D.

UC Riverside Initiative on Photovoltaics for Light, Energy And Farming

San Diego

Tricia Dutton

Student Ambassador

Kara Kirkpatrick

Soilless urban agriculture

Belinda Ramirez

Improving urban farming

Fatima Alcantara Valadao

Edible Plant Sampling and Analysis Program

San Francisco

J. Daniel Kelly

Impact of food insecurity on Ebola-related infections

Briton Lee

Student Ambassador

Tammy Nicastro

Integrated HIV care and agricultural livelihood intervention in Kenya

Jason Parad

Student Ambassador

Emily Tuthill, Ph.D., RN

Chronic food insecurity

Santa Barbara

Emily Hall

Student Ambassador

Audrey Horn

Humane standards and vegan options

Hannah Thomas Pullen

University food service healthy snack options

Gabe Runte

AS Food Bank student farm

Santa Cruz

Camille Addleman

Student gardening and experiential learning

Halie Kampman

Promoting high-nutrient crops in The Gambia

Bryan Montes

Cal Fresh outreach and enrollment

Diane Villalba

Student Ambassador

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Salma Elmallah

California food and energy use

Adam Jadhav

Agroecological and farmland change