Amandeep Kaur worked at UC Davis after her graduation as Chancellor’s Science Fellow from July 2014 – Dec 2016. She received her Ph.D. in physics from UC Davis in July 2014.
According to the folks who nominated her for the award, she is described as “a trailblazer whose many efforts to foster diversity and inclusion have inspired administrators, faculty, staff, and students.”
In the year 2013-14, as Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and Chancellor, she initiated the Diversity Dialogues on Graduate Education. Amandeep conducted surveys of various student populations — undocumented, international, LGBTQIA, veterans, students of color, graduate student parents and women in STEM — better understand their needs. She subsequently held forums with administrators, faculty and students to discuss the surveys and to brainstorm on how to improve representation and retention of underrepresented graduate students at UC Davis.
Kaur spearheaded a campaign to address the issue of Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition for international Ph.D. students which lead to a fund of $2M to provide non-resident supplemental tuition scholarships to international Ph.D. students.
Chancellor Linda Katehi awarded her the postdoctoral Chancellor’s achievement award for her efforts to represent minority students at UC Davis.
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