The Fellowships recognize and reward graduate students who are engaged in innovative research projects – three at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, two at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and one at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Their fields include psychology, English, nursing, cancer research and educational psychology.
"These students are involved in research that has great promise,” Milliken said. “We are fortunate to have a level of private support that allows us to encourage academic achievement and recognize some of our outstanding graduate students.”
Fellows at UNL each receive an annual stipend of $16,500, and those at UNMC receive $21,000. At UNO, PhD candidates receive $15,000 and MA candidates receive $12,000. Funding for the fellowships is provided through the University of Nebraska Foundation.
This year’s Presidential Graduate Fellows are:
From the University of Nebraska-Lincoln:
Brandy Clarke, a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology. Clarke’s research focuses on the negative effects of poverty and the value of early identification and intervention for at-risk children and families. Working with Drs. Sue Sheridan and Carolyn Pope Edwards, Clarke has participated in a major grant project centered on Head Start programs. She intends to pursue a career as a researcher and clinician working with young children and families, especially those families living in poverty.
Sarah Anne Hayes, a PhD candidate in Psychology. Preparing for a career as an academic clinical psychologist, Hayes has focused her research on anxiety disorders and the role of therapy in treating these disorders. Hayes is a 2001 graduate of Dartmouth College and earned her master’s degree at UNL. She is a recipient of a highly competitive National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Christine Elizabeth Stewart-Nunez, a PhD candidate in English. Stewart-Nunez is already a widely published poet whose work has, in her words, “emerged from the intersections of creative writing, composition studies and women’s studies.” She has been an editorial assistant to Presidential Professor Ted Kooser, working with his “American Life in Poetry” project. Stewart-Nunez plans an academic career that combines her interests in teaching and writing.
From the University of Nebraska Medical Center
Helga Helgadóttir, a PhD candidate in Nursing. Helgadóttir is a native of Iceland where she has taught pediatric nursing and worked as a staff nurse in pediatrics. She is a graduate of the University of Akureyri in Iceland and holds a master’s degree from the University of Florida. She plans to continue her career at the University of Iceland, teaching pediatric nursing and conducting research in pain management in children.
Janel Kopp, a PhD candidate in Cancer Research. Kopp is a graduate of South Dakota State University whose research interests include molecular research and the regulation of genes involved in mammalian development, as well as cancer and other diseases. Kopp’s research has been published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and the Journal of Cellular Physiology. She plans a career in cancer research.
From the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Amanda Linder, Plattsmouth, a master’s degree candidate in English. A graduate of UNO, Linder is a technical consultant in the UNO Writing Center. She has also been a web designer for the Center for Faculty Development, has taught web and graphic design and is a published writer. Linder’s degree program is in Technical Communication.
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