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2020-2021 Endowed Fellowship Recipients

05. 29. 2020

2020-2021 Endowed Fellowship Recipients Announced

Louise 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.

Vidya Chhabria
Electrical Engineering
Design of Novel, Open-Source Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Tools for Power-Related Issues in Advanced Technologies
Advisor: Sachin Sapatnekar

Jennifer Nicklay
Land and Atmospheric Science
Investigation of Ecosystem Service Metrics for Urban Agriculture in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
Advisors: Nicolas Jelinski and Jessica Gutknecht

Yichao Zhang
Materials Science and Engineering
Spatially Localized Nanoscale Ultrafast Structural Dynamics in MoS2
Advisor: David Flannigan

William 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.

John Kendall
Geography
Oil blooms: Digital infrastructure and the revitalization of extraction in the Permian Basin.
Advisor: George Henderson

Nathan Stenberg
Theatre Arts
Suffering, Inc.: Exposing Institutionalized Violence Against Children with Disabilities at the Pennhurst Asylum.
Advisor: Margaret Werry

Frieda M. Kunze Fellowship

The Frieda M. Kunze Fellowship is for doctoral students conducting research in biochemistry, chemistry, or biomedical science.

Sarah Kim
Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology
An Innovative Drug Delivery Strategy to Advance Therapies for Neurological Diseases
Advisors: Jeanine Jarnes and James Cloyd III

Maria Paz Ramirez Lopez
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
Characterization of the Mechanical Properties of Dystrophin
Advisors: James Ervasti and Wendy Gordon

Clara Smoniewski
Integrated Biosciences (All-University)
Roles of multiple polymerases in trypanosome mitochondrial 3' non-encoded mRNA tail addition
Advisor: Sara Zimmer

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.

Sayan Bhattacharya
Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies
Bollywood Songs and the Female Actor: Cinema's Unlikely Queer Attachments
Advisors: Jigna Desai and Aren Aizura

Emma Jasnoch
Hispanic and Luso Literatures, Cultures and Ling
Grain and Pain: Vocalities of State, Neoliberal, and Gender Violence in Latin American Cinema
Advisor: Ana Forcinito

Jeremy Meckler
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
The Underground Blockbuster: Cross-Pollinations between Avant-Garde and Experimental Cinema and the Mainstream in the 1970s (working title)
Advisor: Alice Lovejoy

Xiaoli Yang
Comparative Literature
Thinking Ecology in and through Cinema in Postsocialist China
Advisor: Jason McGrath