Each year a select number of students will be chosen to serve as Institute Fellows. The Fellows will assist with Institute projects and will be assigned a faculty mentor to conduct local research. Fellows will be expected to present their research at the Central California Research Symposium or another research conference.

Fellowship Opportunities

The Institute for Leadership and Public Policy is seeking applications for its Institute Fellows program. Check out the links below to learn more about eligibility and the application.

Spring 2018 call for applications for institute fellows.

Application is available here.

About Our Fellows:

Shelby EliaShelby Elia is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration and holds a Bachelors of Science in Criminology with an emphasis in Victimology. Her career aspirations include serving those who suffer from PTSD as a result of sexual assault or military service. Particularly, she hopes to continue researching these subjects and influence corresponding policy at the local, state and national level. Shelby's research, alongside Mentor Dr. Jenna Kieckhaefer, examines the factors influencing the perceptions of wrongfully- convicted individuals exonerated from the criminal justice system.




SheilaSheila Her hopes to obtain a PhD in International Relations and contribute her knowledge to the scholarly archive of journals. She discovered her passion in research while studying Political Science, American Government and International Relations in which she learned about different countries and how their regimes affect their population. Her's interests are in global migration, refugee settlement and forced migration. Her research topic compares Hmong refugees during the Vietnam War to the current Syrian refugees and the way trends from the Hmong refugee crisis in past decades can predict trends of the current Syrian refugee crisis. 




Cheenou Xiong will be graduating this semester with a Bachelor degree of Science in Criminology with an emphasis in Law enforcement. After graduation, he plans to pursue a Masters degree in Student Affair and College  Counseling. His career goal is to become a college guidance counselor and eventually become a professor. Last semester Cheenou decided he needed experience in research and applied to the fellowship program. With his mentor, Dr. Keith Clement, he completed his research on AB 109 and its impact in the California criminal justice system.