Louise & Stephen Pahl Graduate Fellowship Endowment in Social Sciences

The Louise and Stephen Pahl Graduate Fellowship Endowment in Social Sciences is established through a generous gift from Stephen and Louise Pahl. Stephen and Louise are both members of UC Santa Barbara’s Class of 1977. Stephen was an undergraduate with majors in Business, Economics and Political Science; Louise majored in Sociology.

The Louise and Stephen Pahl Graduate Fellowship will help ensure, in perpetuity, that the Social Sciences Division continues its national and international contribution to scholarship and research. The Pahl Fellowship will support the research agenda of scholars who will address the inequities and challenges in our world.

Fellowship Recipients

Ziteng Lei

Ziteng Lei is the recipient of the Pahl Fellowship in the Department of Economics. The Pahl Fellowship is a five year fellowship with a stipend awarded to the recipient in academic years 2017-2018 through 2021-2022.

Ziteng who is originally from Xi'an, China joined the Economics Ph.D. program here at UC Santa Barbara in the Fall of 2017. Ziteng  earned his Bachelor Degree in Economics with a specialty in Finance from the Peking University (2017).

During his first year of the Ph.D. program, Ziteng earned a perfect 4.0/4.0 grade point average, with eight A+ grades out of nine core first year courses, and was awarded a score of Ph.D. Pass with Distinction on all three of his preliminary qualifying exams, a first in Economics program history.

Now in the second year in the Ph.D. program, his current research fields include Environmental Economics, Labor Economics and Econometrics. He focuses on the relationship between pollution and individual behavior in labor markets and households, as well as the underlying methodology to analyze data. He is also concerned about the policy implications of the empirical research.

In his spare time he enjoys playing badminton and table tennis, as well as Go game. He is also a good debater.

When we asked Ziteng what the Pahl Graduate Fellowship means to him, he said; “I would like to express my sincere gratitude towards the Pahl family and their generous support. I feel extremely honored to be the recipient of the Pahl Fellowship for 5 academic years. The award validates my choices as a graduate student, and encourages me to work harder towards academic goals. It is very important to me, and will inspire me to devote more effort to academic research in the future. Thank you so much for the recognition.”