Each year, twenty highly qualified, academically talented undergraduates are chosen for the Haas Scholars program. Participants receive close mentoring from members of the UC-Berkeley faculty, seminars and workshops to assist them in the research and writing process, the opportunity to present their work at a professional conference, and up to $13,800 each in financial support.
We are proud to announce that Geography undergraduate, Tohar Zamir, has been chosen for this year's cohort! Tohar's research project, based on archival, interview, and geospatial research, will clarify the formation of the dense, walkable Pico-Robertson Jewish ethnic enclave in Los Angeles – defying LA’s suburban sprawl – and the origin of the community’s status by studying the relationship between de jure segregation, intrinsic “pull-factors'' for immigrant communities, racialization in Los Angeles, and the oil industry’s pervasive resource extraction. Jovan Scott Lewis will serve as the faculty advisor for Tohar's research.