The Yao Yuan Sze Fellowship in Kinesiology


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

This fellowship provides financial support for rising juniors or seniors to conduct a supervised research project and earn an augmenting scholarship upon completion of the summer research project.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Sophomores or juniors in good academic standing
  • Open to Kinesiology majors
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA

Selection Criteria

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

  • A stipend of $3,000 (to be used for research activities).
  • A budget of $500 (to be used for research supplies). 
  • A scholarship of $1,000 will be applied towards tuition upon completion of the fellowship.

Applying to the Program

The application is due March 4, 2024. Use this guide to gather your application documents. Please request these items two weeks prior to the fellowship deadline.

A complete application consists of:

  • Unofficial academic transcripts
  • Current semester Course Progress Report for each 3-4 credit course you are enrolled in
  • Signed sample Student Contract
  • Signed Mentor Agreement
  • A written recommendation letter from the faculty mentor for the project.
  • A reference contact from someone outside your major and the project’s 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 timeline 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 conferences, etc.).
  • Semi-finalists may be interviewed.

Fellowship Advisor

Professor Ann Hickey

Past Fellows

Samantha Grijalva & Jorge Orozc (2020)
Jasmine Cheung & Nicole Vargas (2019)
Jaycob Delbarrio & Weston Dewitt (2018)
Jasmine Tong & Katrina Wong (2017)
Jordan Carter (2016)
Esther Leon (2015)