Endowed Fellowship Recipients

Awards for 2009-10

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.


Jennifer Olker
Integrated Biosciences
Impact of Multiple Stressors on Larval Development of Native Amphibian Species
Advisor: Lucinda Johnson 

John Stanton-Geddes
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Will Native Prairie Plants Be Able to Adapt to Climate Change?
Advisors: Ruth Shaw and Peter Tiffin 

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.


Rachel Putnam
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Understanding Range Limits of Sugar Maple: Climate and Competition Along a North-South Gradient
Advisors: Peter Reich and G. David Tilman 

Terrence Serres
Natural Resources Science & Management
Pine Regeneration in Near Boreal Forest Following Windstorm and Fire, Examined and Integrated Across Different Spatial Scales
Advisors: Lee Frelich and Peter Reich 

Timothy Whitfeld
Plant Biological Sciences
Phylogenetic Diversity and Functional Traits in Community Assembly Across a Lowland Rainforest Light Gradient
Advisor: George Weiblen 

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.


Rachel Chaves
Theatre Arts
zAmya Theater Project: Toward an Intimacy of Social Change
Advisor: Sonja Kuftinec  

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.


Lu Li
Backward Uniqueness of the Heat Equation
Advisor: Vladimir Sverak 

Julie Whitcomb
Mechanical Engineering
Detailed Mechanical Analysis of the Iris
Advisor: Victor Barocas  

Stanwood Johnston Memorial 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.


Alexander Monin
Quasiclassical Nonperturbative Methods and Topological Solutions in Quantum Field Theory
Advisor: Mikhail Voloshin  

Frieda Martha Kunze Fellowship

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


Zhifeng Bai
Block Copolymer Micelle Shuttles Between Water and Ionic Liquids
Advisor: Timothy Lodge  

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.


Melissa Geppert
Art History
The Favela Effect: Marginality and the Making of the Brazilian Avant-Garde
Advisor: Jane Blocker 

Adam Schrag
Surface to Surface: War, Image & the Senses in the Screenic Era
Advisor: Paula Rabinowitz  

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.


Julia Cohen
Child Psychology
Neural Correlates of Cognitive Control and Emotion in Adolescents and Adults
Advisor: Kathleen Thomas  

Thomas H. Shevlin Fellowship

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.


Swati Avasthi
Creative Writing
SWALLOW, a novel
Advisors: Alexs Pate and Julie Schumacher  

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 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.


Leonore Phillips
Paradoxical Progress; Immigration, Innovation, and Nationhood in 21st Century Berlin
Advisor: Karen Ho 

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

Norwegian Recipients:

Thomas Boerstad
Electrical Engineering 

Jens Haatvedt

Terje Kristensen
Natural Resources Science & Management  

Thomas F. Wallace Fellowship

To support graduate 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.


Julie Wilson-Herskovitz
Communication Studies
Angelina Jolie and the Reinvention of Global Government: Stardom, Citizenship, and Politics in the Era of Humanitarianism
Advisor: Laurie Ouellette  

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.


Elizabeth Johnson
Engineering Bodies, Engineering Futures: Geopolitics, State Conflict, and the Science of Biomimicry
Advisor: Bruce Braun