08. 15. 2018

2018-2019 Endowed Fellowship Recipients Announced



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.

David Korostyshevsky

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Addicting Habits: The Medical Meanings of Intemperance in Religious, Legal, and Commercial Contexts
Advisor: Dominique Tobbell


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.

Kriti Agarwal

Electrical Engineering
Three-Dimensional Self-Assembled Sensors for Enhanced Light-Matter Interactions
Advisor: Jeong-Hyun Cho

Kimberly Logan

Self-Adjoint Operators and Zeros of L-functions
Advisor: Paul Garrett

Meghna Mankalale

Electrical Engineering
Design and Optimization of Low-Power High-Speed Spintronic Logic Devices
Advisor: Sachin Sapatnekar

Mengxing Ye

Frustrated Magnetism in a Magnetic Field
Advisor: Andrey Chubukov


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.

Olga Tchepikova

Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
Dismodern Cinema: Liminal Subjects and Deaf Culture in Film
Advisors: Keya Ganguly and Alice Lovejoy


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.

Jeremy Harper

Substance Use Problems, Impaired Cognitive Control, and Prefrontal Cortex Anomalies: Using Twins to Disentangle Determinants and Consequences of Substance Misuse
Advisor: William Iacono

Gretchen Saunders

The Relationship between Adolescent Substance Exposure and Adult Health Outcomes Using Causally Informative Designs
Advisors: Matt McGue and Niels Waller


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.

Michael Kadow

It’s Gonna Be Bigger than Vietnam – Anti-Nuclear Activism, Rural Space, and the Rise of the New Right
Advisors: Kevin Murphy and Tracey Deutsch


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.

Kriti Budhiraja

A Case Study of Higher Education Equity in India
Advisors: Michael Goldman and Teresa Gowan


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.

Anindita Chatterjee

Bitter Pill? Patent Regimes, Imitation, and Innovation in the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry
Advisor: Vinay Gidwani

Emily Springer

The Production of Knowledge through Quantification: The Case of ‘Women’s Empowerment’ Measurement in Transnational Evaluation Systems
Advisors: Rachel Schurman and Cawo Abdi


Minnesota Residents

Laurel Ohm, Mathematics
Andrew Sathoff, Plant Pathology

Norwegian Citizens

Tonje Børresen, Human Rights
Hans Martin Male, Finance
Aleksander Reinertsen, Business Administration