Endowed Fellowship Recipients

Awards for 2012-2013

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 & 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.

RECIPIENTS:

Kevin Dorn
Plant Biological Sciences
Characterizing and Manipulating MicroRNA-mediated Development in Camelina Sativa
Advisor: M. David Marks

Chih-Chien Huang
Conservation Biology, Fisheries & Aquatic Biology
Development and Application of a System of Citizen Observers to Monitor Black Bear Populations in Taiwan
Advisor: David Garshelis

Adela Olivia-Chavez
Entomology
Identification of Genes Involved in the Infection Process of Tick (ISE6) and Human (HL-60) Cells by the Tick-born Pathogen Anaplasma Phagocytophilum
Advisor: Ulrike Munderloh

CHARLES J. BRAND FELLOWSHIP 

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

RECIPIENTS:

Michael Wilson
Plant Biological Sciences
Understanding the Sources, Composition, and Biological Role of Plant Resins Collected by Honey Bees, Apis mellifera.

Advisor: Jerry Cohen

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.

RECIPIENTS:

Marcus Beck
Conservation Biology, Fisheries & Aquatic Biology
Use of a Macrophyte Index to Evaluate the Cumulative Effects of Nearshore Development
Advisors: Bruce Vondracek and Lorin Hatch

Elizabeth Fallon
Plant Biological Sciences
Comparative Phylogeography of the Chaparral in the Sky Islands of Southeastern Arizona
Advisor: Jeannine Cavender-Bares

Shelby Flint
Conservation Biology, Fisheries & Aquatic Biology
Comparing Vigor, Fitness, and Genetic Variation Among Different Population Sources of a Native Grass (Panicum virgatum)
Advisors: Ruth Shaw and Nicholas Jordan

Travis Henspeter
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
The Influence of Vegetative Dispersal and Plant Traits in Determining Invasiveness of the Common Reed (Phragmites australis) in Riparian Ecosystems
Advisors: Susan Galatowitsch and Diane Larson

NORMAL 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 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.

RECIPIENTS:

V. Adair Rounthwaite
Art History
Rearrangements:Pedagogy and Politics at the Dia Art Foundation, 1988-89
Advisors: Jane Blocker and Jennifer Marshall

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.

RECIPIENTS:

Alison Dzubak
Chemistry
Ab Initio Carbon Dioxide Separation and Capture
Advisor: Laura Gagliardi

Katherine Volzing
Chemical Engineering
Engineering Probiotic Bacteria with Pathogen Inducible AMP Expression Systems as an Alternative to Traditional Antibiotics
Advisor: Yiannis Kaznessis

Colleen Witzenburg
Mechanical Engineering
Determining the Regional Mechanical Properties of Healthy and Infarcted Ventricular Tissue using an Extended Generalized Anisotropic Mechanics Method
Advisor: Victor Barocas

ROGER D. GORDON ENDOWED EVANS SCHOLARS FELLOWSHIP 

To support an alumnus of the undergraduate Evans Scholars Program to help defray the cost of Graduate School.  Roger D. Gordon served many years as a director, officer and trustee of the Western Golf Association, the sponsor of the Evans Scholars Program.  In these roles, he worked continually to expand the Evans Scholars opportunity for deserving youth by promoting the growth of caddy programs in Minnesota Golf Association member clubs.  This fellowship was created by friends and business associates to honor his contributions.

RECIPIENTS:

Lucas O’Brien
Human Resources & Industrial Relations

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.

RECIPIENTS:

Ke-Jung Chen
Physics
Multidimensional Simulations of the First Supernovae and Galaxies
Advisor: Alexander Heger

Kristen Pauken
Microbiology, Immunology & Cancer Biology
Role of Inhibitory Receptors PD-1 and CTLA-4 in Peripheral Tolerance and Autoimmune Diabetes
Advisor: Brian Fife

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.

NORWEGIAN RECIPIENTS:

Stian Traedal
Mechanical Engineering

MINNESOTA RECIPIENTS:

Alyssa Anderson
Entomology
Dynamics of Winter – Emerging Chironomidae in Minnesota Trout Streams
Advisor: Leonard Ferrington

Kristin Anderson
Microbiology, Immunology & Cancer Biology
Boosting the CD8 T-cell Response Against Respiratory Infections
Advisor: David Masopust

Aunica Kane

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics
Getting By With a Little Help From Your Friends: Using Synthetic Ecology to Engineer Cooperation in Bacterial Communities
Advisor: Jeffrey Gralnick

FRIEDA MARTHA KUNZE FELLOWSHIP 

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

RECIPIENTS:

Katherine Fallen
Neuroscience
Neuronal Population Coding in Decision Making and Learning
Advisor: Geoffrey Ghose

Craig Markovitz
Biomedical Engineering
Understanding the Descending Cortical Projections of the Auditory System:  Towards a Cortical Stimulator for Tinnitus
Advisor: Hubert Lim

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.

RECIPIENTS:

Hongwei Chen
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
Cinema and the Peasant:Memories of the Modern in Twentieth Century China
Advisor: Cesare Casarino

Sara Saljoughi
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
Cinema as Novel Vision:Intertextuality and the Iranian New Wave
Advisor: John Mowitt

Dag Yngvesson
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
Indonesian Screens: Shadows of Cinematic Modernity
Advisors: John Mowitt and Shaden Tageldin

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.

RECIPIENTS:

Nayla Hamdi
Psychology
Lifetime Prevalence of Mental Illness in Prospective Assessment
Advisor: William Iacono

Jeff Jones
Psychology
Factor Score Indeterminacy in Latent Variable Models
Advisor: Niels Waller

Joseph Vitriol
Psychology
Psychological Threat and Prosocial Behavior
Advisors: Mark Snyder and Eugene Borgida

Michael Wilmot
Psychology
A Multi-study Meta-analysis of Self-monitoring Personality
Advisor: Deniz Ones

DR. WARREN & 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 at the University of Minnesota.

RECIPIENTS:

Nathan Welty
Microbiology, Immunology & Cancer Biology
In Vivo Functions of Distinct CD103+ Intestinal Dendritic Cell Subsets
Advisor: Dan Kaplan

MARK & JUDY YUDOF FELLOWSHIP 

Open to graduate students pursuing interdisciplinary work whose content is focused in the areas of science policy and ethics. Mark Yudof served as president of the University of Minnesota from 1997-2002.

RECIPIENTS:

Katharine Kindervater
Geography
War at a Distance: Drones and the Geo-history of Modern War
Advisor: Eric Sheppard

Amy Landa
Mass Communication
Exposing Ethical Lapses in Biomedical Research: A Study of the Confluence of Investigative Journalism in the Early 1970s and the New "Bioethics"
Advisor: Kathy Roberts Forde