Call for Nominations: Siebel Scholars in Energy Science Class of 2021 - Energy & Biosciences Institute

Call for Nominations: Siebel Scholars in Energy Science Class of 2021

POSTED: 15th Jul, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of Tsu-Jae King Liu, Dean of the College of Engineering, and

Shankar Sastry and Costas Spanos, Siebel Energy Institute Faculty

Director and Berkeley Campus Director respectively, I am forwarding

the call for nominations for the Siebel Scholars in Energy Science

program for 2020-2021.  At UC Berkeley, one outstanding Berkeley

student entering the final year of Ph.D. studies who is ranked in the

top of their class academically, who exhibits leadership, and whose

research is focused on energy science will be selected to receive a

one-time award of $35,000.

More information on the nomination process and selection criteria are

below and in the attachments. Information on the Siebel Scholars

program is available at

Faculty members are invited to submit nominations no later than this

Friday, July 17, 2020.  The information requested should be sent by

e-mail to Mr. Larry Rohrbough, Executive Director, Siebel Energy

Institute, at

Nominating Class of 2021

Overview, Criteria & Required Information


The Siebel Scholars Program was founded in 2000 to recognize the most

talented students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business,

computer science, bioengineering, and energy science including

Carnegie Mellon University; École Polytechnique; Harvard University;

Johns Hopkins University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology;

Northwestern University; Politecnico di Torino; Princeton University;

Stanford University; Tsinghua University; University of California,

Berkeley; University of California, San Diego; University of Chicago;

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of

Pennsylvania; and University of Tokyo.

Each year, outstanding graduate students from each institution are

honored as Siebel Scholars based on academic excellence and

leadership. Each Siebel Scholar receives a merit-based award of

$35,000 in the final year of his or her graduate studies. The award is

granted in addition to any other financial aid, assistantships,

fellowships, loans, or other awards he or she may receive.

Today, over 1,300 of the world’s brightest minds are Siebel Scholars.

This exceptional group has the unique opportunity to directly

influence the technologies, policies, and economic and social

decisions that shape the future. Siebel Scholars serve as key advisors

to the Siebel Foundation, guiding the development of innovative

programs the Foundation initiates. The Siebel Scholars community is

also integral to a highly outcome-driven Siebel Scholars conference to

explore critical social issues.


The Siebel Scholars award is based solely upon academic achievement

and excellence and is not need-based financial aid. A committee

comprised of the Dean and three (3) faculty members or senior staff

shall nominate five outstanding students as nominees for this

merit-based award. Each of the five nominees must meet all of the

following criteria at the time of selection:

  • Nominee ranks within the top 10% of their graduating class based on

academic results

  • Nominee has a track record of distinguished research focused on

energy science

  • Nominee demonstrates excellence, in terms of leadership qualities,

in the University of California, Berkeley community and in experience

prior to graduate program

  • Nominee has completed at least one year at University of

California, Berkeley and is reasonably expected to have only one year

remaining in the Ph.D. program

All awardees must be registered and attend classes at an affiliate

Siebel Scholars campus in a degree-seeking program. If a student is

not currently enrolled in classes, or transfers to a non-affiliated

Siebel Scholars campus, the Foundation must be notified, and the award

may be rescinded.

Required Information

For each nominee, please submit the following information:

  • Completed Nomination Form (attached)
  • Completed Nominee Contact Sheet (attached)
  • Nominee resume or CV
  • Nominee 100-150 word biography (written in the third person)
  • Nominee high-resolution, digital, color headshot


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