Endowed Fellowship Recipients 2015-16


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.

Stephanie Erlandson
Plant Biological Sciences
Contributions of History, Climate, and Dispersal Limitation to the Current Range of Phacelia fimbriata, a Southeastern United States Endemic
Advisor: David Moeller

Jacob Grossman
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Consequences of Biodiversity for Ecological Functioning in Experimental Tree Communities
Advisor: Jeannine Cavender-Bares

Sarah Jaumann
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Sociality in Wood-feeding Beetles: The Role of Diverse Microbiota
Advisor: Emilie Snell-Rood

Amy Kendig
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Plant Pathogen Communities: Competition, Coexistence, and Diversity
Advisors: Eric Seabloom and Elizabeth Borer

Erin Treiber
Plant Biological Sciences
Evolutionary History of Neotropical Cecropia and their Ant Associations
Advisor: George Weiblen


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

Beth Fallon
Plant Biological Sciences
The Consequences of Physiological Tolerances on Habitat Partitioning in the Oaks (Quercus L.) of the Mountains of Southeastern Arizona
Advisor: Jeannine Cavender-Bares


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.

John Benning
Plant Biological Sciences
Do Biotic Interactions Modulate the Geographic Distribution of Clarkia xantiana?
Advisor: David Moeller

Amanda Gorton
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
The Spatial Scale of Adaptation in Urban Ragweed: How Local is Local?
Advisors: David Moeller and Peter Tiffin

Christina Smith
Plant Biological Sciences
Herbivory in Lianas and Trees across Ontogeny and Forest Strata
Advisor: Jennifer Powers


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.

Travis Herr


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.

Joshua Kielsmeier-Cook
Plant Pathology
Diverse Wood-decay Fungi of Yasuni National Park, Ecuador: A Threatened Biodiversity Hotspot
Advisor: Robert Blanchette

Daniel Maxbauer
Earth Sciences
Reconstructing Precipitation from Soil Magnetism: Proxy Development and a Case Study from the Bighorn Basin, WY
Advisors: David Fox and Joshua Feinberg


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

Shaohong Li
Computational Photochemistry of Molecules: Methods and Applications
Advisor: Donald Truhlar

Kimberly Maize
Medicinal Chemistry
Structural Biology for Drug Design: Applications in Two Systems
Advisor: Barry Finzel


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.

Kayla Anderson
Family Social Science
Twice as Nice or Double Trouble: Individual & Family Factors in IVF Twins' Adjustment
Advisor: Martha Rueter

Sarah Suarez
Child Psychology
Learning From and About “Thinkers”: Children’s Use of Speaker Reasoning as a Cue for Selective Learning is Related to Parent Epistemology
Advisor: Melissa Koenig

Brenton Wiernik
The Implications of using Vocational Interest Inventories in Personnel Selection
Advisor: Deniz Ones


To support graduate students in the biological and agricultural sciences, basic physical and medical sciences, and liberal arts. Thomas Shevlin was born in Albany, New York in 1852 and died in Pasadena, California in 1912. He came to Minneapolis in 1886 and made his fortune in the lumber business. He donated the Alice Shevlin Hall in honor of his wife.

Anthony Auletta
Little Brains, Big Behaviors: How do the Numerically Simple Nervous Systems of Spiders generate Behavioral Complexity?
Advisor: Karen Mesce

Sara Nelson
The Nature of Value: Building the Ecosystem Service Economy
Advisors: Bruce Braun and George Henderson


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.

Cliff Csizmar
Medicinal Chemistry