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Students Win Prestigious Fellowships

Two UCR Students Win Prestigious Fellowships for Graduate Study

Chien-Ju Lin and Gabriela Jauregui receive grants for advanced degrees in journalism and fine arts.

(June 4, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( - Two UC Riverside students have won prestigious fellowships for graduate study.

Senior Chien-Ju Lin has been awarded a Newhouse Graduate Newspaper Fellowship and Apprenticeship for Minorities, one of two presented nationally.

Graduate student Carolina Gabriela Jauregui won a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, one of 31 awarded nationally.

Lin’s fellowship provides full tuition for a master’s degree at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, living expenses, health insurance, moving and travel expenses, and other academic expenses. It also includes an internship at The Post-Standard, a daily newspaper with a circulation of about 120,000, during the academic program, followed by a one-year paid position at a Newhouse newspaper after completion of the master’s degree.

Lin, an English major, was news editor of Highlander, UCR’s student newspaper, this year and is a math tutor for elementary school students.

Journalism is a family tradition. Lin’s paternal grandfather was a journalist in Taiwan. Her parents met as crime reporters in Taiwan, where Lin was born, and her father, Jih-Hsi Lin, works in Monterey Park for the World Journal, a Chinese-language newspaper serving Chinese living in North America. Her family lives in Monterey Park.

Lin, 21, hopes to work in newspaper or online journalism as a crime or investigative reporter.

“It’s exciting and never the same,” she said. “It’s challenging. I’m looking for opportunities to better myself and challenge myself.”

Jauregui is a second-year student in UCR’s Master of Fine Arts program for creative writing and a Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature at the University of Southern California. She was one of 31 fellowship winners out of more than 800 applicants.

The fellowship pays half of the tuition for her graduate studies and $20,000 a year for two years for living expenses. Jauregui expects to complete both graduate degrees in 2008.

Jauregui, 28, was born and raised in Mexico City, immigrating to the United States in 2000. She holds a B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount and an M.A. in English and comparative literature from UC Irvine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, performance artist Yoshua Okón.

Her first book of poetry, “Controlled Decay,” is scheduled for publication in spring 2008 by Akashic Books/Black Goat Press in New York. She is writing a three-narrative novel about jai alai with the working title “Ball Game.”

“The Soros fellowship buys me time to do my writing,” she said. “It allows me to have a community of experienced writers to share with and get advice from. Without it, my novel would not do as well.”

While at UCR Jauregui worked as poetry editor of Crate, journal of literary borders and boundaries, organized readings at the Sweeney Art Gallery in downtown Riverside, and will host a series of arts podcasts the UCR/California Museum of Photography launches in June with Los Angeles public television station KCET. She also was a Gluck Fellow, teaching poetry at area secondary schools.

Jauregui hopes to become a published writer and teach in the U.S. and Mexico.

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