Three doctoral students at UC Berkeley have been selected for prestigious 2018–2019 American Fellowships from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Fellows are recognized for their scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

Sam GebbSam Gebb is the recipient of a Selected Profession Fellowship. She is currently pursuing a masters in architecture. She is a designer, dancer, and educator studying architecture and landscape architecture. Her work explores kinesthetic agency in the built environment with the aims of fostering bodily awareness and affecting greater participation in the shaping of one’s environment. Deeply committed to interdisciplinary modes of inquiry, she aims to build connections with scholars throughout the humanities via the Global Urban Humanities Initiative.



Sylvia LewinSylvia Lewin is currently pursuing a doctorate in physics. Her research is focused on unusual materials that are at the limits of current theoretical understanding. She uses these materials’ responses to mechanical vibration to learn more about their internal electronic behavior and the changes they undergo with temperature. Her goal is to teach and conduct research at the university level.




Louise LyLouise Ly is the recipient of an American Fellowship. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in sociology. Her research focuses on an intersectional approach to gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, assimilation, and family. Through interviewing intermarried Asian and white Americans, her dissertation examines how couples manage racial and ethnic boundaries in their day-to-day lives from within the couple to child-rearing, extended family relations, and beyond.




American Fellowships is the AAUW’s largest funding program, dating back to 1888, making this one of the oldest and most prestigious fellowship programs in the world exclusively for women. These Fellowships support women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research. Overall, the AAUW has provided more than $115 million to more than 13,000 women and projects from all 50 states of the U.S. and more than 145 other countries. Learn more about fellowship and grant opportunities at the AAUW website.