2013-14 Endowed Fellowship Recipients


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.

Sergey Berg
Conservation Biology
Assessing the Effects of Climate-induced Landscape Change on Fishers in the Upper Midwest
Advisor: James Forester

Alexander Egan
Chironomidae Communities of Coastal Rock Pool Habitats as Management Indicators in Lake Superior
Advisor: Leonard Ferrington Jr.

Petra Kranzfelder
From River to Sea: Consequences of Urbanization and Agriculture on Aquatic Biodiversity of Neotropical Estuaries in Costa Rica
Advisor: Leonard Ferrington Jr.

Patricia Rubi
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Complex Communication and Receiver Cognition
Advisor: David Stephens


Open to doctoral students enrolled at CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) member universities for research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities.

Maria Gei
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Phylogenetic, Resource and Rhizobial Controls on Different Strategies of Nitrogen Fixation in Tropical Legumes
Advisor: Jennifer Powers


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.

Megan Buchanan
Drivers of the Oak-maple Transition Across Contrasting Site Types in Southwestern Wisconsin
Advisor: Kurt Kipfmueller

Stephanie Erlandson
Plant Biological Science
The Contribution of History and Dispersal Limitation Versus Current Climate to Geographic Range Limits in Southeastern Endemics Trillium and Phacelia
Advisor: David Moeller

Jake Grossman
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Biodiversity in Willows and Poplars (BiWaP)
Advisor: Jeannine Cavender-Bares

Clare Kazanski
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Plants, Fungi and Soil Carbon Stabilization in a Changing Environment
Co-advisors: Sarah Hobbie and Peter Reich

John Vincent
Plant Biological Science
Species Coexistence in Rainforest Trees: Species-habitat Associations, Beta Diversity and Phylogenetic Structure
Advisor: George Weiblen

Leland Werden
Plant Biological Science
Testing the Effectiveness of Growing Tree Species with Contrasting Functional Traits in a Tropical Dry Forest Restoration
Advisor: Jennifer Powers

Mohamed Yakub
Plant Biological Science
Ecological and Evolutionary Responses of Plant Populations to Urban Environments
Advisor: Peter Tiffin


To support women doctoral students in the natural or physical sciences and engineering 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.

Megan Buchanan
Drivers of the Oak-maple Transition Across Contrasting Site Types in Southwestern Wisconsin
Advisor: Kurt Kipfmueller

Tianran Chen
Anomalously Small Resistivity of Topological Insulators and Strongly Compensated Semiconductors
Advisor: Boris Shklovskii

Maria Miranda
Mechanistic Studies of the Ring-opening Polymerization of Cyclic Esters and Development of Catalysts for the Decarbonylation of Bio-based Carboxylic Acids Towards Alkene Monomers
Co-advisors: William Tolman and Marc Hillmyer

Katie Peterson
Imaging the Oxidative Stress Pathway
Advisor: Valerie Pierre


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.

Peter Bucka
Evening MBA Program


To support doctoral students proposing a year of well-defined 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.

Andrea Gyenge
Comparative Studies in Discourse & Society
Figures in Motion: The Cinema of Georges Didi-Huberman
Advisor: Cesare Casarino

Kalani Mitchell
Germanic Studies
Accessibility: Expanding the Cinema of the 1960s/70s to Today
Advisor: Rembert Hueser


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.

Lindsey Dietz
Statistical Modeling Techniques in Climate Extremes
Advisor: Snigdhansu Chatterjee

Jamie Lawler
Child Psychology
A Randomized Controlled Trial of Mindfulness and Executive Function Skills Training in Post-institutionalized Children
Advisor: Megan Gunnar

Cheng Qui
Cortical Feedback in Structure-from-motion Perception Using Layer-specific fMRI
Co-advisors: Daniel Kersten and Cheryl Olman

Ethan Van Norman
Educational Psychology
A Comprehensive Investigation to Improve Decision Accuracy of Time Series Data
Advisor: Theodore Christ


To support doctoral students in the humanities or social sciences who are in the intermediate years of the Ph.D. William Stout was born in Menomenie, 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 sizable 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 twelve institutions to receive funds under the will.

Jiewon Baek
The Space of Indecision as Ethical and Political Philosophy
Advisor: Bruno Chaouat


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. In addition, Torske Klubben created an 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.


Vegard Nygard


Jared Goplen
Applied Plant Sciences
Co-advisors: Jeffrey Gunsolus and Craig Sheaffer

Ian Gunsolus
Advisor: Christy Haynes

Erik Torgerson
Educational Psychology
Advisor: John Romano


To support doctoral students in the humanities or social sciences who are in the intermediate years of the Ph.D. Thomas Wallace was born at the American Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. As a child of Presbyterian missionaries, he moved 41 times before the age of 14 when his family settled in Minneapolis. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1893 and from the University's Law School in 1895. He practiced law from 1895 until 1918 when he joined Farmers and Mechanics Savings Bank; he ultimately became president of the bank and chairman of the board. He established the fellowship in his will.

Samantha Porter
A Test of Cultural Transmission between Neanderthal and Modern Human Groups
Advisor: Gilbert Tostevin

Emily Springer
From Farmer's Fields to D.C. Offices: The Production of Knowledge about 'Women's Empowerment' through Evaluation Systems
Co-advisors: Ron Aminzade and Rachel Schurman


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

Matthew Wheelwright
Integrative Biology & Physiology
Advisor: Joseph Metzger