Endowed Fellowship Recipients 2017-18

Alexander & Lydia Anderson Fellowship

Preference given to students who have completed either a bachelor's or a master's degree at the University of Minnesota and who are currently pursuing a graduate degree in the plant or animal sciences.  Alexander Anderson worked his way through the University of Minnesota studying mechanical drawing and chemistry. He graduated in 1894 and later completed an M.S. at the University. After receiving a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Munich, he served as an assistant professor of botany at the University of Minnesota (1899). In subsequent years he taught at Clemson and Columbia Universities. The inventor of the process for puffed wheat and puffed rice, Anderson spent most of his life on research to improve the process.

Camila Alves
Applied Plant Sciences
Regulation of pollen tube growth in Nicotiana
Advisor: Alan Smith

Mara DeMers
Plant Biological Sciences
Local adaptation of fungal endophytes to host populations
Advisor: Georgiana May

Amanda Gorton
Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
Examining the genomic basis of local adaptation in common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)
Advisors: David Moeller and Peter Tiffin

Charles J. Brand Fellowship

For graduate students doing study/research in the botanical sciences.

John Benning
Plant Biological Sciences
Biotic interactions and the geographic range limit of Clarkia xantiana
Advisor: David Moeller

Carolyn M. Crosby Fellowship

To support students engaged in field-based botanical investigation. Carolyn Crosby earned a master's degree in botany in the early 1900s. The fund was established by her brother, John Crosby, and other relatives.

Margaret Bialecki
Spatiotemporal variations in subalpine forest dynamics and climate response
Advisor: Daniel Griffin

David Carter
Natural Resources Science and Management
Identifying physiological and growth-allocation strategies of Scotch broom enabling its dominance in recently clear-cut Douglas-fir forests of the western Pacific Northwest
Advisors: Rob Slesak and Anthony D’Amato

Caroline Daws
Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
Do nutrient and water availability affect the outcome of priority effects between ectomycorrhizal and arbuscular fungal partners in Populus?
Advisor: Peter Kennedy

Shan Kothari
Plant Biological Sciences
Nitrogen uptake complementarity in a tree diversity experiment
Advisor: Jeannine Cavender-Bares

Katherine Muller
Plant Biological Sciences
Host availability and the evolution of symbiont resource hoarding in the legume-rhizobia mutualism
Advisor: R. Ford Denison

Stanwood Johnston Fellowship

To support graduate students of promise in the fields of biochemistry, chemistry, geology, geophysics, microbiology, and physics. The memorial fund was established by the will of Juliet Johnston in honor of her son Stanwood, who died while studying at the University of Chicago. Juliet Johnston was the widow of John Black Johnston, former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Before assuming the deanship, he had a noteworthy career as an M.D. and neurologist in the Department of Anatomy.

Bridget Conley
Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology
Identifying new pathways for breathing minerals and electrodes in unexplored microbes
Advisor: Jeffrey Gralnick

Frieda Martha Kunze Fellowship

To support graduate students in biochemistry, chemistry, or biomedical sciences.

Tijana Martinov
Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology
The critical role of programmed death-1 in regulating autoreactive lymphocytes in autoimmune type 1 diabetes
Advisor: Brian Fife

Maria Sundaram
Environmental Health
Challenges in Meningococcal Meningitis Control
Advisors: Michael Osterholm and Nicole Basta

Craig Van Bruggen
Copolymerization of Quinine for Applications in Gene Therapy
Advisor: Theresa Reineke

Harold Leonard Memorial Fellowship in Film Study

To support graduate students doing study/research in film history, criticism, theory, or aesthetics. The fund was established by the will of Clara Lefkovits in honor of her son, Harold Leonard.

Hui Liu
Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media
Chinese Black Comedy Films in the Post-Socialist Era: Society, Culture, and the Cinematic Absurd
Advisor: Jason McGrath

Dylan Mohr
Comparative Literature
Desiring the Captive Mind: The YMCA's WWI POW Educational Mission
Advisors: Cesare Casarino and Alice Lovejoy

Matthew Treon
American Studies
Early Grindhouse Sounds: A Material History of Paracinematic Forms and Practices
Advisor: Elliot Powell

Eva O. Miller Fellowship

To support doctoral students in the broad areas of psychology or statistics and measurement who are engaged in research. Eva O. Miller was the wife of W. S. Miller, a faculty member in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota from 1916 to 1948. During two periods, 1937-40 and 1943, he served as acting dean of the Graduate School. He was best known for his outstanding research on the measurement of high-level ability, including the authorship of the Miller Analogies Test. The funding for the fellowship comes from royalty income from the Miller Analogies Test.

Victoria Oleynick
An Investigation of Handedness and Cerebral Lateralization in a Large Sample of Monozygotic Twins
Advisor: William Iacono

Kelly Whiteford
Using Individual Differences to Understand the Basic Mechanisms in Coding Pitch
Advisor: Andrew Oxenham

Zara Wright
A Psychoneurometric Model of Disinhibition
Advisor: Robert Krueger

Dr. Warren J. Warwick and Henrietta Holm Warwick Fellowship

To support a MD/Ph.D. student in the biomedical sciences. Dr. Warwick is a pioneering pediatrician in the treatment of cystic fibroisis at the University of Minnesota.

Rebecca Goldblum
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
Advisor: Melissa Gardner