White Family Graduate Fellowship

The White Family Graduate Fellowship Endowment Fund was established in 2015 through a generous donation from Philip and Ann White. Philip is the president of the Pacific View Foundation, a family foundation based in San Diego, California which provides funding and support to non-profit organizations in the San Diego region. Before entering the field of charitable foundations, Mr. White was a group president for QUALCOMM, a Fortune 500 telecommunications firm headquartered in San Diego. Prior to serving as group president, Philip held a variety of international and financial positions for QUALCOMM. He remains active in the telecommunications field, serving on advisory boards for a number of high-tech companies, including serving time as CFO of YBR Solar and Quanlight (2008-10) and CFO and SVP of Operations of Zeebo (2010-12), a Qualcomm Ventures backed wireless gaming, education, and data services start up. Philip, along with his wife, Ann, is active in the San Diego community, serving on the board and committees of several local charities. The Whites are life members of the UCSB Alumni Association. Philip graduated with high honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara with bachelor of arts degrees in Business Economics and History in 1984 and became a trustee of the UC Santa Barbara Foundation in 2002.

This fellowship supports new and continuing graduate students in the Department of Economics at UC Santa Barbara. It provides an important resource for the Chair of the department to recruit and retain deserving graduate students with financial need.

Fellowship Recipients

Renato Molina

Renato Molina is originally from Valparaíso, Chile joined the Economics PH.D. here at UC Santa Barbara in the Fall of 2014. Renato earned his Bachelor of Science in Fisheries Science from the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (2009). From the same university he also was awarded a Professional Degree in Aquaculture Engineering (2010). Before starting his doctoral studies, Renato first was accepted into the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management earning his Master’s degree with a specialization in Economics and Politics of the Environment (2013).

During his first year of the Ph.D. program, Renato earned a 3.63/4.0 grade point average and passed all three of his preliminary qualifying exams that all first year doctoral candidates must pass to continue on to the second year of the program, on the first attempt. During his second year in the Ph.D. program, Renato undertook field specialization classes in Econometrics, as well as Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.

The focus of his dissertation is the analysis of economic institutions and natural resources.  Renato is looking at how institutional settings and property rights determine the economic performance of natural resource extraction. Now in the fourth year of his doctoral studies, he is currently on the job market and plans to graduate in June 2018.

In his spare time Renato enjoys playing the guitar and photography.  He is also an avid cyclist and sailor.

Helo Sarmiento, Juliana

Juliana Helo Sarmiento who is originally from Bogota, Colombia, was awarded her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Los Andes (2007). From there she went on to earn with honors (Cum Laude), her Master of Arts in Economics (March 2009) also from the University of Los Andes, with a near perfect “A” grade point average.  She received the Juan Luis Londoño Award (2009), for the best publishable article of the program. In this work she evaluated the effect of an income generating program for internally displaced population in Colombia. Soon after Juliana came to the United States and enrolled in the Master of Arts in Economics program at the University of Pennsylvania, from which she graduated with a M.A. degree in December 2012.

During the first year of the doctoral program here at UCSB Juliana was ranked 2nd in her cohort of 15 new PHD students and pass all three qualifying exams on the first attempt, including the award of a rare “Ph.D. Pass with Distinction” score on the Macroeconomics Preliminary Examination.

Now in the second year of her doctoral candidacy, Juliana is undertaking field specialty courses in Econometrics, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, and Labor Economics. She is interested in learning the techniques and most recent literature, to eventually understand the effects of climate change on the well-being outcomes of individuals, especially on those most vulnerable.  Most recently she has found that she is interested in understanding the conditions under which open access natural resources, such as water, can be sustainably managed.

In her spare time she likes to travel to new places and discover different cultures. She also loves to cook and try new recipes from all over the world.