Endowed Fellowship Recipients

Awards for 2007-2008

The University of Minnesota Fellowships listed below are supported by endowed income from wills and trusts or, in a few instances, by donations from organizations. The 2007-2008 recipients are identified under the Fellowship description.

Alexander and Lydia Anderson Fellowship

To support 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.


Anthony Gamble, Conservation Biology
Origins and Diversification of New World Geckos
Advisor: Sharon Jansa
Karl Gruber, Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Structure and Evolution of the Sex Determination Gene in Corbiculate Bees
Advisor: George Heimpel
Adela Oliva-Chavez, Entomology
Major Surface Protein 2 (MSP2) Variants of the Bovine Pathogen (Anaplasma Marginale) in Tick and Mammalian Cell Culture
Advisor: Ulrike Munderloh

Charles J. Brand Fellowship

To support graduate students doing study/research in the botanical sciences. Charles Brand graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1902 with a degree in botany, and provided for this fellowship in his will.


Jessica Savage, Plant Biological Sciences
An Ecological and Evolutionary Perspective on Plant Function in the Genus Salix (Willows)
Advisor: Jeannine Cavender-Bares

Carolyn 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.


Paul Gugger, Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Geographic and Adaptive Consequences of Past Climate Warming on Douglas-Fir
Advisor: Shinya Sugita
Jessica Savage, Plant Biological Sciences
An Ecological and Evolutionary Perspective on Plant Function in the Genus Salix (Willows)
Advisor: Jeannine Cavender-Bares

Norman Johnston Dewitt Fellowship

To support advanced graduate students in the humanities. Norman Johnston Dewitt received his A.B. degree at the University of Toronto in 1930 and his Ph.D. in Latin at Johns Hopkins University in 1938. He came to the University of Minnesota in 1949 and served as a chair of the classics department from 1949 to 1964. His interests included speech, literature, and theatre arts. He authored several books and was widely respected as a scholar, teacher, and compassionate human being.


Jeffrey Manuel, History
Developing Resources: Networks, Knowledge, and Memory on the Postindustrial Iron Range
Advisor: Lary May

Louise T. Dosdall Fellowship

To support women graduate students in any field of the natural or physical sciences who show exceptional promise for a successful career in research. Louise Dosdall entered the University of Minnesota in 1912 and completed her Ph.D. here in 1922. An expert on mushrooms and ornamental plants, she taught plant pathology at the University of Minnesota for 41 years. She established the fellowship in her will.


Martha Boyer, Astrophysics
Mass Loss in Globular Clusters and the Intracluster Medium
Advisor: Charles Woodward
Beth Masimore, Physics
Physical Investigation of the Effects of Morphology on the Conduction of Electrical Signals through Brain Tissue
Advisor: James Kakalios

Frieda Martha Kunze Fellowship

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


Jake Rafferty, Chemistry
Molecular-Level Insights into Reversed-Phase Liquid Chromatographic Systems via Monte Carlo Simulation
Advisor: J. Ilja Siepmann
Elena Sizova, Chemistry
Biomimetic Convergent Approach to Total Synthesis of Biologically Active Natural Products UCS1025A and Phomopsichalasin
Advisor: Thomas Hoye

Harold Leonard Film Study Fellowship and Grant

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.


Sarah Loyd, Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
Video Games and the Digital Subjects
Advisor: Richard Leppert
Mitchell Ogden, English
All Out of Camps: (Re)Theorizing Refugeeism through Cultural Production in the Hmong Diaspora
Advisor: Thomas Augst
SooJin Pate, American Studies
Making Adoptees, Making Art: Korean Adoption and Korean Adoptee Film and Literature
Advisor: Roderick Ferguson

Eva O. Miller Fellowship

To support graduate students in the broad areas of psychology and of 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.


Nicholas Eaton, Psychology
Gene by Environment Interactions in the Development of Normative Personality
Advisor: Robert Krueger
Kristen Haut, Psychology
Cognitive Control of Affective Processes: Systemic Disjunction of the Neural Networks Linking Cognition and Emotion in Schizophrenia
Advisor: Angus MacDonald, III
Yasmine Konheim-Kalkstein, Educational Psychology
Effects of Presentation of Probastic Information on Facilitation of Bayesian Decision Making
Advisor: William Bart

William W. Stout Fellowship

To support graduate students in the humanities or social sciences who are in the intermediate years of the Ph.D. William Stout was born in Menomonie, Wisconsin, in 1898. His father, James H. Stout, founded Stout State College in 1891. James was a member of the Wisconsin State Senate for sixteen years and served as chairman of the Senate Committee for Education. He and William earned their wealth in the lumber business. William left a sizeable bequest to be used for scholarships at various colleges and universities. It was determined by the presidents of Stanford University and the University of California that the University of Minnesota should be among the top twelve institutions to receive funds under the will.


Daniel LaChance, American Studies
The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment in the United States, 1945 - Present
Advisor: Elaine Tyler May

Torske Klubben Fellowship

The Torske Klubben, which was founded in 1933, is a Minneapolis luncheon club of men of Norwegian heritage who are deeply interested in Norway and Norwegian-American history and relationships. Since shortly after World War II, the organization has supported University of Minnesota graduate fellowships for Norwegian citizens. Recently, Torske Klubben created a new award for Minnesota residents who have an interest in or connection with Norway and/or its culture. The overarching goal of the fellowship program is supporting future leaders and maintaining cultural ties between Norway and America.


Kylah Aull, Music
Advisor: Mirjana Lausevic
Leif Eikevik, Architecture
Advisor: J. Stephen Weeks
Ragnhild Hjeltnes, Public Affairs
Advisor: Michael Barnett

Mark and Judy Yudof Fellowship

To support a top graduate student pursuing interdisciplinary work in the areas of science policy and ethics. The fellowship was established in 2002 in honor of former University of Minnesota President Mark Yudof and his wife Judy.


Rachel Brummel, Conservation Biology
Burning through Boundaries in Wildfire Policy: Science and Social Learning in Collaborative Wildfire Planning Groups
Advisor: Kristen Nelson

Warren and Henrietta Warwick Fellowship

To support a Ph.D. student in the biomedical sciences, preferably a medical school resident. Dr. Warwick is a pioneering pediatrician in the treatment of cystic fibrosis.


Erik Sean Carlson, Neuroscience
Effects of Genetic and Dietary Iron Deficiency in the Developing Hippocampus
Advisor: Michael Georgieff

Tibor and Olga Zoltai Fellowship

The fellowship was established in 2000 by Olga Zoltai and the late Tibor Zoltai to support a graduate student from Hungary. Tibor Zoltai was a professor in the department of geology and geophysics.


Sandor Klapcsik, English
Advisor: Paula Rabinowitz