Endowed Fellowship Recipients

Awards for 2010-11

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. 

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.


Michael Dixon, Conservation Biology, Fisheries & Aquatic Biology
Landscape Ecology and Population Genetics of Minnesota's Bats
Advisor: Sharon Jansa 

Mary Donahue, Veterinary Medicine
Detection of Mycobacterium Avium Subsp. Paratuberculosis in a Colostral Macrophage
Advisor: Srinand Sreevatsan 

Amy Luxbacher, Ecology
Integrating Genetic, Physiological, and Spatial Data to Uncover Patterns of Population Diversification in the Montane Salamander, Plethedon Jordani
Advisor: Kenneth Kozak 

Rachel Putnam, Ecology
Understanding Sugar Maple Range Limits: Climate and Competition Along a North-South Gradient
Co-advisors: Peter Reich and G. David Tilman 

Robin Thomson, Entomology
The Evolution and Diversity of the Microcaddisflies (Trichoptera: Hydroptilidae)
Advisor: Ralph Holzenthal

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.


Amy Dykstra, Plant Biological Sciences
Seedling Emergence in Fragmented Populations of Echinacea Angustifolia
Advisor: Ruth Shaw 

Nicholas Fisichelli, Natural Resources Science & Management
Climate, Competition, and Resource Effects on the Performance of Boreal and Temperate Tree Regeneration in the Forests of the Upper Great Lakes Region
Co-advisors: Peter Reich and Lee Frelich 

Deborah Heuschele, Plant Biological Sciences
Physiology of Potamogeton Crispus Vegetative Buds
Advisor: Florence Gleason 

Moana McClellan, Plant Biological Sciences
How Do Land Ownership and Socioeconomic Processes Affect the State and Fate of Secondary Forest? A Case Study in Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Co-advisors: Rebecca Montgomery and Jennifer Powers 

Gina Quiram, Ecology
The Evolutionary Consequences of Invasive Species Management: A Case Study of Biological Control of Lythrum Salicaria (Purple Loosestrife)
Co-advisors: Ruth Shaw and Jeannine Cavender-Bares 

Peter Wragg, Ecology
The Origin and Maintenance of Plant Diversity in Grasslands
Advisor: G. David Tilman 

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.


Amy Luxbacher, Ecology
Integrating Genetic, Physiological, and Spatial Data to Uncover Patterns of Population Diversification in the Montane Salamander, Plethedon Jordani
Advisor: Kenneth Kozak 

Dan Wang, Electrical Engineering
Real-time Minimum Invasive Tracking of 3D Organ Deformations
Advisor: Ahmed Tewfik 

Frieda Martha Kunze Fellowship

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


Antonio Pagan, Microbiology, Immunology, & Cancer Biology
CD28 Signals in Helper T Cell Activation and Memory Formation
Advisor: Marc Jenkins  

Harold Leonard Film Study Fellowship

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.


Ka Yee Chan, Asian Literatures, Cultures and Media
Looking to the East: Chinese Revolutionary Cinema 1949-1966
Advisor: Jason McGrath 

Niels Niessen, Comparative Literature
From Neo to New: Afterlives of Realism in Post-1992 European Cinema
Advisor: Cesare Casarino 

Andrew Paul, History
Blacklist-Era Hollywood: The Contest Over American Identity in Postwar Film
Advisor: Lary May  

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.


Camelia Hostinar, Child Psychology
The Impact of Social Support on Individual Differences in Children's Stress Reactivity
Advisor: Megan Gunnar 

Antonia Kaczkurkin, Psychology
The Role of Uncertainty in Error-monitoring
Advisor: William Iacono 

Sandra Shallcross, Psychology
Exploring the Social Ecology of Trauma: Trauma History and Relationship Functioning
Co-advisors: Jeffry Simpson and Patricia Frazier  

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.

Minnesota Recipient:

Brian Andersen, Neuroscience

Norwegian Recipients:

Eva Susanne Gabrielsen, Psychology 

Anne-Cecilie Haugstvedt, Computer Science 

Terje Kristensen, Natural Resources Science & Management 

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.


Thomas Cannavino, Comparative Literature
Body and Mind in Fragments: Reading the Globalized Circulation of Organs in the 21st Century
Advisor: Thomas Pepper