Nov. 3, 2017
Jonathan Malacarne is the recipient of the prestigious Provost’s Dissertation-Year Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for 2017-18. Originally from DuBois, Pennsylvania, Jonathan is a development economist, focusing on the ways in which risk, subjective expectations, and classical economic constraints lead households in poor and marginalized communities to under-invest in the future. His dissertation is (tentatively) titled "Locus of Control and Economic Decision Making: The Role of Perceptions of Self-Efficacy on Learning and Investment." His research focuses on the role of perceptions of self-efficacy on learning and investment in a production process, with particular application to rainfed maize agriculture in Mozambique and Tanzania. In this situation, if farmers believe that production is driven completely by the weather then it is perfectly rational for them to invest little in improved seed and fertilizer. Early results indicate that farmers who attribute more of the variation in production to their own actions have an increased likelihood of using improved seed varieties.
Steve Boucher and Michael Carter are co-chairs of Jonathan’s dissertation committee. Once his dissertation is complete, Jonathan plans to pursue a career in academia, balancing both teaching and research.
Provost's Undergraduate Fellowship (PUF)
The Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship (PUF) supports undergraduate students doing research or creative projects under the guidance of UC Davis faculty members. Students from all discipline areas are eligible to apply. Past projects have involved laboratory research, field studies, survey research, film production, design and creation of art elements, music composition, fine arts performances, travel to library or research collections, and many other endeavors. Group projects are not appropriate, however, separate (but linked) projects may be considered. The maximum award is $1,800 toward approved costs directly related to the project.
Application Deadlines for 2017-18
Fall Quarter (for projects to be carried out in Winter/Spring 2018)
Monday, November 6, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. (CLOSED)
Spring Quarter (for projects to be carried out in Summer/Fall 2018)
Monday, April 16, 2018 by 5:00p.m.
Provost's Undergraduate Fellowship Information Sessions
The following Sessions will be held at the Undergraduate Research Center Conference Room,
2300 Student Community Center:
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 4:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4, 20 18, 2018, 12:10 - 1:00 p.m.