Mortimer Andron Fellowship

In 1978, Mortimer Andron, UCSB Professor Emeritus of Economics, made a key gift that has over the years, allowed the department to provide fellowship support for 126 doctoral students. During his academic career, Professor Andron taught courses in finance and investments and served several years as Chair of the Academic Senate. He was also a highly successful individual investor, and it was this success that allowed him to establish the Andron Fellowship Fund.

Upon graduation, former Andron Fellows have joined a variety of prestigious academic, business and government organizations, including;

  • Abacus International (Australia)
  • Analysis Group
  • Bank of Korea
  • California Polytechnic Institute - San Luis Obispo and Pomona
  • Center for Naval Analysis (C.N.A.)
  • Chapman University
  • Charles River Associates
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Durham University
  • Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  • Hong Kong Shanghai Bank
  • Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
  • Montana State University
  • Office of Controller of the Currency Administrator of National Banks
  • Ohio State University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)
  • RTI International
  • Southwestern University
  • State of Colorado Department of Health Policy and Financing
  • Swedish Institute for Health Economics
  • The Vanguard Group
  • U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division
  • United States Department of Justice
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Colorado - Denver
  • University of Copenhagen
  • University of Exeter
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Virginia
  • US General Accounting Office
  • USAA (United Services Automobile Association)
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
  • Washington University (St. Louis)

Mort Andron with past Andron Fellows

Fellowship Recipients

Bao, Ken

Ken Bao earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance (minoring in Economics), from the University of Missouri at St. Louis, graduating (May 2014) Summa Cum Laude and he compiled a 3.85/4.0 cumulative grade point average. He also earned his Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Missouri at St. Louis (May 2017).

As for future research goals, Ken has plans to focus on environmental economics. His areas of interest include; showing how a sustainable economy would look like if all resources are non-renewable, and he wants to research the relationships between income and the propensity to pollute. Ken says that he chose UCSB because he can work with faculty and have the resources of both the Department of Economics and the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management.

In his free time he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing, and is looking forward to exploring the Los Padres National Forest. He’s also learning to enjoy the local beaches, which is new to him being born and raised St. Louis, Missouri.  He told me he plans on trying to learn how to surf too.


Nelson, Sarah

Sarah Nelson who is originally from Christchurch, New Zealand simultaneously earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Bachelors of Commerce majoring in Economics from the University of Auckland (November 2016), graduating with an A- average.

Sarah says she chose UCSB for a few reasons, namely the quality of the economics program and the close ties to the environmental school which played important roles in her decision to attend. She plans on focusing her research in the area of renewable energies and the distribution of electricity generation.

Back in New Zealand she also spent time as a research assistant for a professor involved in energy economics. Sarah said that she hopes to “assess how renewable energy technologies such as solar panels and battery storage will impact the conventional energy grid in the long run, and how to maximize benefit of widespread uptake of distributed generation”. She plans to look for a career in energy consulting.

In her spare time Sarah likes to explore the outdoors and enjoys camping, diving and hiking.


Robinson, Sarah

Sarah Robinson is the third recipient of the Andron Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year and before attending UCSB, completed her undergraduate work at Claremont KcKenna College. She triple majored in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and graduated (May 2013) Magna Cum Laude with a 3.91/4.0 cumulative grade point average. She also was on the Deans’ Honor List for all four years (2010-2013).

Upon graduating from Claremont McKenna, Sarah was offered and accepted a position with Deloitte Consulting in San Francisco as a Strategy & Operations Consultant. There she worked with clients such as healthcare providers, high technology, and consumer products companies, as well as in the social sector, including foundations and non-profits.  While at Deloitte she worked on projects such as consumer analytics and insight development, operational metric improvement and cost reduction, as well as conducted data analysis, financial modeling, and market analysis.

After working for four years, she recognized that she wanted to pursue a doctorate in Economics. She plans on researching how public institutions can improve the efficiency and equity of markets. She is especially interested in markets related to natural resources and healthcare.

In choosing where to attend for her doctorate and ultimately choosing our program, Sarah said that “UCSB was an excellent fit for me given the program's strengths in environmental economics and health economics, as well as the balance struck between theoretical tools and empirical analysis.”


Fitzgerald, Matthew

Matthew Fitzgerald joins us after having completed his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Riverside (May 2013), graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a 3.98/4.0 cumulative GPA.  Matthew graduated with graduated Summa Cum Laude and Highest Honors, both awarded by the university. He was also on the Dean’s Honors List every semester during his four years and was also on the Chancellor’s Honors List during two of those years as well.

Matthew was one of the top ranked applicants in his pool and in consequence we nominated him for the university-wide central graduate fellowship competition (of which only handfuls are given out across all graduate programs on campus).  I am pleased to say that him won this competition and was awarded by the Dean of the Graduate Division the Chancellor’s Fellowship in his first (1st), third (3rd) and fifth (5th) years. In his second (2nd) and fourth (4th) years we awarded him employment as a departmental Teaching Assistant.

Prior to starting his graduate studies at UCSB, Matthew worked as a Senior Research Assistant for the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, with LA-Plan’s Virtual Co-Laboratory for Policy Analysis in the Greater L.A. Region. The goal of this multi-year project is s to develop a virtual (online) co-laboratory, aimed at revolutionizing spatial policy analysis for the Greater Los Angeles Region by making it possible for metropolitan planning organizations and for urban, public policy, and environmental experts to collaborate productively using a best-practice microeconomic simulation model.  Matthew specifically worked on a tax project which had him researching taxes and transfer payments for citizens and corporations in the project’s six county areas.

Robertson, Emily

Emily Robertson joins UC Santa Barbara after having completed her undergraduate degree from Portland State University (June 2015), graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a 3.90/4.0 cumulative GPA. She earned a minor in Mathematics, was awarded Economics Honors from the Department of Economics, graduated Summa Cum Laude, awarded by the university, and she was awarded the Carl Campbell Award, which is one of the highest awards given by Portland State University.  In addition, she was able to present her undergraduate honors thesis at the Southern Economic Association conference in November 2015. Emily is doing very well in the Ph.D. program so far, passing all her Fall quarter  first year courses with a 3.66/4.0 cumulative GPA.

We are excited to have Emily in our program. When asked about future research and career goals, she explains that she has always been interested in how people make decisions.  Whether financial or personal, economics provides a thorough theoretical base for exploring these issues. Recently she’s been particularly interested in crowdfunding on platforms like Kickstarter, where backers pledge financial support to products which may not even exist yet.  Emily is hoping that the skills learned this year and beyond, will enable her to identify or formulate theories as to what motivates backer contributions.  She recognizes that her future research is related to many other topics in economics, from basic microeconomic theory to altruism, reciprocity and the provision of public goods.  Emily would like to focus her own research on the ways evolving technological environments, like that of Kickstarter can shed new insights on existing theory. While her primary career goal is an academic position, she believes this type of research could be extremely valuable in the technological sector.

Emily’s decision to attend UCSB was a big departure for her; as before graduate school she worked for nearly a decade as a professional baker. Although she still loves to bake, Emily says it’s now purely for fun, or to fuel weekend study parties with her classmates. When asked about what the Andron Fellowship means to her and if she would to include a note to you, Emily wrote me saying, “I can’t express how much this fellowship has helped me in continuing my education. As the first in my family to attend graduate school, I am extremely grateful for the support I’ve received from the department and from donors like you. Thank you so much for your kind contribution.”