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Professors and GPS students at COP26 posing together in a group.

Student Support

The Deep Decarbonization Initiative helps to support unique opportunities for students across UC San Diego in projects and programs designed to help understand and guide the global economy as it moves toward net-zero carbon emissions.

UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties

This year a cohort of alumni, students and faculty attended the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) held from Oct. 31-Nov. 13, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Four GPS students, all part of environmental tracks in their graduate programs, were selected to attend COP26 – an annual opportunity managed through GPS Career Services. Once students are selected, their plane tickets, hotel stays and other transportation expenses are reimbursed through professional development funding. Read about their experiences here.

2022 Summer Fellows

For several years, the initiative has funded a summer internship fellows program at the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS). The program assists students at the school in conducting high-caliber summer internships related to research on decarbonization at the intersection of science, technology and policy. Each year we fund approximately two students and awards range from partial to full support, and are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

This year the initiative is supporting two GPS students interning at the Center for Community Energy, an NGO based in Solana Beach, which aims to bring San Diego carbon emissions down to net zero and implement sustainable energy policies in the county. The NGO interacts with the community to make policy and regulatory suggestions in the energy sector.

  • Sophie Hargrave, MIA ‘23

    Sophie Hargrave, MIA ‘23

    Hargrave is working as a public policy intern where she will conduct research and community outreach to assist the organization in its project to motivate owners of rental properties to replace gas water heaters with electrical heat pumps.
  • Yutin Wan, MIA ‘23

    Yutin Wan, MIA ‘23

    Wan is responsible for the market research and survey design, mainly helping the research team to build up an economic model for persuading electricity businesses to sell their product to San Diego EV owners.