Yao Yuan Sze Fellowship


With the generous support of the Yao Yuan Sze Foundation, Whittier College has established the Yao Yuan Sze Fellowship, dedicated to providing financial and mentoring support to two students interested in conducting Kinesiology research with a faculty member.

This fellowship provides funds for students in their junior or senior year to enter into a supervised research project and earn an augmenting scholarship for the fall or spring term following the completion of the summer research project. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Current Sophomore or Junior standing
  • Majoring in Kinesiology
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrate academic ability.
  • The ability to conduct and complete the proposed research project.
  • Previous experience with research is welcome, but not necessary.

Program Benefits

  • A stipend of $3,000.00 for research activities
  • A research supplies budget of $500.00
  • Upon completion of the project, a scholarship $1000.00 will be applied towards tuition.

Applying to the Program

The application will be due the second Friday in March. A complete application consists of:

  • Unofficial academic transcripts
  • Current semester Academic Progress Report.
  • Student Contract with project mentor sign-off.
  • Signed Mentor Agreement
  • A written recommendation letter from the faculty mentor for the project.
  • A reference contact from someone outside of the applicants major and project’s area of focus. This can be a Faculty member or when applicable to the project a personal reference (e.g., employer, internship supervisor, volunteer coordinator).
  • A 500-word essay explaining how you became interested in the project, why you want this fellowship opportunity, how you will benefit from the fellowship both personally and professionally, and what personal qualities (skills, attributes, and/or abilities) you possess that will ensure a successful fellowship experience. 
  • A 1000-word essay indicating the primary objective of your project, discuss why is it important, explain the methodology(ies)/ approach(es) that will be used to accomplish your objective, present a time line for the project during the fellowship period, and identify the end result(s) of your project (e.g., a public presentation at URSCA or other conference, a paper, art work, play, etc.). 
  • Selected semi-finalists may be interviewed.

Fellowship Advisors

Professor Patricia Van Oosbree

Professor Kathy Barlow

Past Fellows

Nikki Vargas '21 (2019)
Jaycob Delbarrio (2018)
Weston Dewitt (2018)
Jasmine Tong (2017)
The rise e-Sports and its effects on the sport industry and economy
Katrina Wong (2017) Balance training associated with reducing fall risks in aging adults
Jordan Carter (2016) The power of food: Implementation of a school-based nutrition program
Esther Leon (2015) Custom vs. prefabricated foot orthoses: A study of biomechanical and perception differences