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KU announces new 2017-2021 Self Graduate Fellows

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

LAWRENCE – Eleven doctoral students have been selected to receive the University of Kansas’ prestigious Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. They are among 170 students who have benefited from the fellowship since it was established.

Self Graduate Fellowships are four-year awards to incoming or first-year doctoral students who demonstrate leadership, initiative and a passion for achievement. The fellowship covers full tuition and fees, provides graduate research assistant support of $30,500 a year for new fellows and includes a unique development program. The Fellow Development Program provides general education and training in communication, management, innovation and leadership to assist Self Graduate Fellows in preparation for future leadership roles, complementing the specialized education and training provided in doctoral programs. The total value of the four-year doctoral fellowship exceeds $175,000.

The fellowship’s mission is to identify and recruit exceptional doctoral students who demonstrate the promise to make significant contributions to their fields of study and society as a whole.

The late Madison “Al” and Lila Self of Hinsdale, Illinois, launched and permanently endowed the Self Graduate Fellowship in 1989, motivated by their strong belief in the vital importance of developing leadership for tomorrow. Madison Self was a 1943 KU graduate in chemical engineering. Lila Self grew up in Eudora and attended KU with the class of 1943.

The new Self Graduate Fellows for 2017-2021:

  • Logan Abbott, of Wichita; bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences and PharmD from KU; first-year doctoral student in medicinal chemistry
  • Diana Acevedo, of Bogota, Colombia; bachelor’s degree in biology from Truman State University, master’s degree in science in microbial and cellular biology from Emporia State University; first-year doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in biomedical sciences, KU Medical Center
  • Clay Campbell, of Tucson, Arizona; bachelor’s degree in geoscience from the University of Arizona, expected master’s degree (2017) in geology from KU; incoming doctoral student in geology
  • Jennifer Cooper, of Shingle Spring, California; bachelor’s degree in archaeology and bachelor’s degree in science of earth systems, concentration in mathematical geosciences from Cornell University, expected master’s degree (2017) in physics from California State University, Los Angeles; incoming doctoral student in physics and astronomy
  • Camille Delavaux, of Pittstown, New Jersey; bachelor’s degree in earth science and environmental studies; Latin American studies minor and bachelor’s degree in Spanish language and literature, environmental studies minor from Lehigh University, master’s degree in environmental science from Yale University; first-year doctoral student in ecology & evolutionary biology.
  • Max Fairlamb, of Kansas City; bachelor’s degree in molecular biosciences from KU; first-year doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in biomedical sciences, KU Medical Center
  • Kaylee Herzog, of Delmar, New York; bachelor’s degree in biology from State University of New York College at Oneonta, master’s degree in ecology & evolutionary biology from KU; first-year doctoral student in ecology & evolutionary biology
  • Sarah Mullinax, of Overland Park; bachelor’s degree in biology and bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Wartburg College; first-year doctoral student in molecular biosciences
  • S. Mukui Mutunga, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, concentration in pre-medicine from Robert Morris University; first-year doctoral student in bioengineering
  • Chase Stucky, of Moundridge; expected bachelor’s degree (2017) in chemistry, biology minor from Bethel College; incoming doctoral student in chemistry
  • Alex VonShulze, of Flagstaff, Arizona; bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from Northern Arizona University, master’s degree in health & sports science from the University of Memphis; first-year doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in biomedical sciences, University of Kansas Medical Center.