Janet A. Alpert Fellowship in Economics

Janet A. Alpert graduated from UCSB with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1968, and earned her MBA from the University of Connecticut, Stamford in1978. She retired as president of LandAmerica Financial group in 2004, having previously spent 20 years as a senior executive with Lawyers Title Insurance. Ms. Alpert sits on the governing boards of many business, professional and charitable organizations, including serving as a national committee member for The Campaign for UC Santa Barbara, a member of the Legacy Circle and Chancellor's Council, a life member of the UCSB Alumni Association, and beginning in July 2008 will be a Trustee of the UCSB Foundation.

The Janet A. Alpert Fellowship in Economics shall support a qualified graduate student in Economics, with preference for a female student to the extent possible under State and Federal law and UC policy.

Fellowship Recipients

Sumeyye Yildiz

Sumeyye Yildiz started the doctoral program in Economics at UC Santa Barbara in the Fall quarter of 2014. Originally from Kahramanmaras, Turkey, Sumeyye graduated from Bogazici University with her Bachelor of Arts in Economics (July 2009), and also a Master of Arts in Economics (September 2011). She then came to the USA and attended the University of Rochester from which she earned a Master of Arts in Economics (August 2013). Her Masters thesis was titled, “Welfare Implications of Competition in a Vertical Market Structure: A Case of Accumulator Industry”

During the first year of doctoral studies, Sumeyye earned a 3.88/4.0 grade point average and also earned scores of Ph.D. Pass all three preliminary qualifying examinations on the first attempt. During the second year of her studies she undertook and complete field specialization courses in Macroeconomics (her main field of study and research), Econometrics, and Labor Economics.

Now in the 4th year of doctoral candidacy, Sumeyye is focusing her dissertation research and writing on household portfolio allocation and consumption variation over the business cycle.



Molly Schwarz

Molly Schwarz joined the doctoral program in Economics here at UC Santa Barbara in the Fall quarter of 2016. Molly is originally from Illinois and went to college in Oklahoma, where she graduating from the University of Tulsa in the spring of 2016 with two Bachelor of Science degrees; in Economics and Mathematics. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.89 cumulative GPA.

During her first year of the Ph.D. program, Molly earned a 3.93/4.0 grade point average and was awarded the rare score of Ph.D. Pass with Distinction on the Microeconomics preliminary qualifying exam, which is one of three qualifying exams that all first year doctoral candidates must pass to continue on to the second year of the program.

Now in the second year of the PHD program Molly is undertaking field specialization classes in Econometrics, as well as Labor and Experimental Economics.  Molly said that she chose to attend UCSB for many reasons, but one of the main ones was that it offered several fields of study that peaked her interest. Although she is not sure which fields she’ll end up completing, she is enjoying the opportunity to learn more about these topics and start forming research ideas for her future dissertation writing.

Molly wanted you to know that; I am very grateful to have received the Janet A. Alpert Fellowship in Economics this year. My first year in the program was challenging in many ways, and I feel very fortunate to have my academic achievements acknowledged after lots of hard work. Thank you so much for your generosity, which is helping to further my graduate studies."


Christine Braun


Christine Braun is one of three co-recipients the Janet A. Alpert Fellowship in Economics for the 2014-2015 academic year, the started the doctoral program in Economics here at UC Santa Barbara in the Fall quarter of 2012. Christine, who was born in Munich, Germany, moved with her family to San Diego, California when she was 6 years old. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Applied Science from UC Los Angeles in the Spring of 2012 and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.84 cumulative GPA.  She completed the first year of the Ph.D. program earning a 3.96/4.0 grade point average and was awarded the rare score of Ph.D. Pass with Distinction on the Econometrics preliminary qualifying exam, which all first year doctoral candidates must pass to continue on to the second year of the program.

During the second year of her doctoral candidacy Christine completed coursework in three areas of research; Macroeconomics, Econometrics and Labor Economics. In her third year she began research focusing on labor market conditions and crime rates, specifically how changes in the labor market such as minimum wages, can effect crime rates. Christine is a wonderful addition to our doctoral program here at UC Santa Barbara and we look forward to where her research will take her.



Jacqueline Dodd

Jacqueline Dodd, one of the other co-recipients of the Janet A. Alpert Fellowship in Economics for the 2014-2015 academic year, also started the doctoral program in Economics here at UC Santa Barbara in the Fall quarter of 2012. Jacquie earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics (with honors) and Mathematics degree from the University of Oregon in June 2008, graduating Cum Laude with a 3.85 cumulative GPA.  Before coming to UCSB she worked as an economics research analyst at ECONorthwest and Quant Economics, where she collected, documented and analyzed data with the understanding and application of relevant economic theory mainly related to ip litigation.

During the second year of her doctoral program Jacquie completed field coursework in Environmental & Natural Resource Economics, Labor Economics and Econometrics earning a 3.74 grade point average for her field classes.  Now in the third year of her doctoral candidacy she is finishing up her course work by taking on a full class schedule along with pursuing her own individual research and working full-time as a Teaching Assistant and private tutor.

Jacquie plans to research topics in Resource Economics, with a current emphasis on the timber and forest industries in the Pacific Northwest.


Corey Lott

Corey Lott, the third co-recipients of the Janet A. Alpert Fellowship in Economics for the 2014-2015 academic year, also started in the UC Santa Barbara doctoral economics program in Fall 2012. She comes to us from the University of Nevada at Reno where in May 2008 she earned her Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) in Economics and Mathematics and in May 2011 she was awarded her Master of Science in Resource Economics and Mathematics also from the University of Nevada at Reno, graduating with a 3.79/4.0 GPA.

She completed the first year of her doctoral candidacy here at UC Santa Barbara with a 3.75 cumulative GPA. During the second year in the Ph.D. program Corey completed field coursework in Environmental & Natural Resource Economics, Econometrics and Experimental Economics, ending the year with a 3.84 field coursework GPA.

During the third and fourth years of doctoral candidacy her research was in the area of natural resource economics, focusing on the problem of scarce water resources in the arid southwestern U.S.  She furthermore undertook research on urban water demand management and in doing so was looking into ways to improve the efficiency of urban water use.

Corey graduated with her Ph.D. in June 2017 and is now an Economist with Christiansen Associates in Madison, Wisconsin.