Graduate Awardees

2020-2021 Graduate Awards

Congratulations to all awardees

Betty Foster McCue Fellowship | David E. Easly Memorial Award | Deans First Year Merit | Eric Englund Fellowship | First-Year Fellowship | Future Stewards | Gary E. Smith Summer Professional Development Award | Graduate Teaching Excellence Award | Kimble First Year Teaching Award | Lokey Graduate Science FellowshipsLokey Graduate Science Award | Margaret McBride Lehrman Fellowship | Margaret Wiese | NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program | Promising Scholar Award | Raymund First-Year Fellowship | Sandra Morgen Public Impact Fellowship | Southeast Asian Studies Fellowship | UO Dissertation Fellowship | UO Doctoral Research Fellowship | UO Oregon Sylff Fellowships for International Research

Betty Foster McCue Fellowship 

In honor of the lifetime of teaching and administrative service by Professor Emerita Betty Foster McCue, the Betty Foster McCue Fellowship award supports doctoral students with interests related to human development and performance.

Akhila NekkantiPrevention ScienceLola LoustaunauSociology

David S. Easly Memorial Award

The David S Easly award is designed to support outstanding masters and doctoral students pursuing degrees related to environmental conservation and preservation. Funds are to be used to assist with the academic costs associated with attending the university, such as tuition, fees, books, miscellaneous supplies, travel, and research.

Alison DeakNonprofit ManagementBriana MeierEnvironmental Science, Studies & Policy
Geoffrey JohnsonEnvironmental Science, Studies & PolicyHerve MemiagheLandscape Architecture
Jamie WrightEnvironmental Science, Studies & PolicyKellum TateEarth Sciences
Lina BatasEnvironmental Science, Studies & PolicyT.J. FiorelliLandscape Architecture

Deans First Year Merit

These awards are distributed by the Division of Graduate Studies to programs with high completion rates, low time-to-degree, high selectivity and yield to enrolled students, increasing diversity, and positive student experience reports.  Programs then award these fellowships to their top incoming PhD students.


Adria MankuteMarketingAlex RosenChemistry
Emily DennisChemistryEmily Karolidis Human Physiology
Ethan KimmettChemistryEthan CarlsonChemistry
Haley SmithChemistryHannah HazelChemistry
Haojie YangAccountingHunter PearsonAccounting
Kayd MeldrumChemistryKyra BrakefieldChemistry
Liza Briody-PavlikChemistryMackenzie KehmeierHuman Physiology
Matthew BucherHuman PhysiologySamuel EgerChemistry
Samuel ParkMarketingVeronica SpauldingChemistry
Yuwen YuanFinance  

Eric Englund Fellowship

The Eric Englund Fellowship is designed for students in any UO Ph.D. program whose dissertation project is focused on research in American literature, history, philosophy or other related fields.


Maggie NewtonPhilosophy

First-Year Fellowship

These awards are distributed by the Division of Graduate Studies to programs with high completion rates, low time-to-degree, high selectivity and yield to enrolled students, increasing diversity, and positive student experience reports.  Programs then award these fellowships to their top incoming PhD students.


Aaron HonnCounseling Psychology/Prevention ScienceAgustina SchianoPhilosophy
Angela AllmendingerCounseling Psychology/Prevention ScienceDaschel FranzCounseling Psychology/Prevention Science
Hannah ZellerEnglishJennifer LuePhysics
Jensen WainwrightAnthropologyLauren BernyCounseling Psychology/Prevention Science
Madison CookSchool PsycholgyMegan BettsSociology
Meredith JacobsonEnvironmental Sciences, Studies and PolicySusana Marquez RosalesPhysics

Future Stewards

The Future Stewards program will provide an opportunity to work with the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon and Native American tribes that had traditional and customary tribal boundaries in parts of the state of Oregon or that ceded or reserved lands within the state of Oregon to help to make graduate education more accessible for their members.


Mercedez PaschalCurriculum & TeachingNicole BarneySpecial Education
Stephanie WrightCurriculum & Teaching  


Gary E. Smith Summer Professional Development Award

The Gary E. Smith award is designed to support outstanding graduate and law students pursuing academic, professional development, or training enrichment opportunities during the summer. The activity would provide unique opportunities not normally available as part of the degree program.


Alexana HickmottAnthropologyJane NamPhilosophy
Jayden WangMathematicsJohn MontaniPhilosophy
Joshua KerrPhilosophyKeenan GreyslakHuman Physiology
Lidia HuertaCommunications DisordersMary McLeveyPhilosophy
Rachael LeeEnglishTamara Niella Psychology

Graduate Teaching Excellence Award

The Graduate Teaching Excellence Award is jointly sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Division of Graduate Studies, and the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success. It is designed to recognize outstanding teaching performance by experienced graduate employees (GEs) who have demonstrated a commitment to developing their instructional skills, while at the same time excelling in their academic degree program.


Iida PollanenComparative Literature

Kimble First Year Teaching Award

The Kimble First-Year Teaching Award, named in honor of professor emeritus Dan Kimble, is jointly sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Division of Graduate Studies, and the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success, and administered by the Teaching Engagement Program. The award recognizes outstanding teaching by graduate student instructors who have demonstrated a commitment to inclusive, engaged, and research-led practice. The annual prizes typically are awarded to one first-time lab or discussion section leader and to one first-time sole instructor.  


Kiana NadonzaAnthropologySydney Leverett Human Physiology

Lokey Graduate Science Fellowships

Made possible by a generous donation of Mr. Lorry I. Lokey, the Lokey Doctoral Science Fellowships support students during their final year of doctoral study to allow them to focus on their research endeavors and to prepare for the next steps in their academic career.


Theresa ChengPsychologyMatthew NapolitanoAnthropology
Amanda SteinhebelPhysicsKirsten VinyetaEnvironmental Sciences, Studies & Policy

Lokey Graduate Science Award

Made possible by a generous donation of Mr. Lorry I. Lokey, the Lokey Graduate Science Award aims to help doctoral programs compete with AAU benchmark institutions in the recruitment of the top students into their programs.


Dara CraigEnvironmental Science, Studies & PolicyElaina BarkerPolitical Science
Emma MazzuchiLinguisticsGifty TettehEnvironmental Science, Studies & Policy
Godfrey JaxenPhysicsGrace Boyd-BigbyPolitical Science
Jacob HassPhysicsJenna KishinevskyPhysics
Megan HayesEnvironmental Science, Studies & PolicyMeredith JacobsonEnvironmental Science, Studies & Policy
Nick SkyEnvironmental Science, Studies & PolicyOriana ChafeEnvironmental Science, Studies & Policy
Troy BrundidgeGeography  

Margaret McBride Lehrman Fellowship

The Margaret McBride Lehrman Fellowship derives from an endowment created to provide support for graduate students with financial need who are pursuing studies that emphasize communication, especially writing skills.


Daniel DalyMusic

Margaret Wiese

The Margaret Wiese Graduate Research Award was designed to support graduate student research related to preserving the culture, language, or artifacts of northwestern Native Americans. These awards have been established through the Margaret J. Wiese Scholarship Endowment Fund.


Annie ReivaHistory

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution.


Alejandro BrambilaEnvironmental Science, Studies & PolicyAlison ChangChemistry
Andrew MorrisBiologyAnnalise GardellaAnthropology
Annie GilbertChemistryBrendan CullenPsychology
David SmallEarth SciencesEliza HernandezEnvironmental Science, Studies & Policy
Estelle BergerPsychologyJames HunterChemistry
Jonny SaundersPsychologyKatie FisherBiology
Kayla EvensBiologyKhoa LeChemistry
Kiana KawamuraChemistryMarc FosterChemistry
Michelle MuthEarth SciencesReyn YoshiokaBiology
Ross WhippoBiologyRuth MaustChemistry
Trevor ShearChemistry  

Promising Scholar

The purpose of the Promising Scholar Award is to recruit highly qualified incoming graduate students from diverse backgrounds who add to the academic and scholarly excellence of the university. The award is administered by theDivision of Graduate Studies in partnership with departments, schools and colleges, the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation, the Division of Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of the Provost to leverage our collective resources in support of our shared goals to increase the number of outstanding UO graduate students of diverse backgrounds and experiences.


Aakanksha LahotiCounseling PsychologyAlehandra PedrazaInternational Studies
Amanda DavisChemistryAndres Guerrero Chemistry
Anisha BabuPsychologyAnwesha GuhaQuantitative Research Methods in Education
Apoorva KarekalHuman Physiology Aubrey GreenPrevention Science
Avery ConnerEarth SciencesChristina CauleyEarth Sciences
Collin RobinsonMedia StudiesDaniel Quintero PlataGerman
Donna ZehnerHuman PhysiologyEdder Fernando Martinez LazoEconomics
Emalydia FlenoryEnglishEmily ArnesenEconomics
Emma ReedHuman PhysiologyErika AriasSociology
Esmeralda CastroPrevention ScienceGifty TettehEnvironmental Sciences, Studies & Policy
Hanna HoffmanMathematicsHaven WarwickPsychology
Holly JonesEnglishJasmine Ramirez-MirandaCounseling Psychology
Jazmynn GarciaSchool PsychologyJennifer LuePhysics
Jessica JohnsonArt HistoryJessica AtencioHuman Physiology
Kathryn Scholz Earth SciencesLindsay TerlikowskiCreative Writing
Mahindra Mohan KumarSociologyMalvya ChintakindiAnthropology
Maria Coronado Cabrera ArchitectureMarissa DierkesPhysics 
Megan BettsSociologyMicah Michelle MendozaCounseling Psychology
Naomi WilsonChemistryNathan YoungPsychology
Richard DaviesEnglishRobyn NaidooHuman Physiology
Rosa SmithEnglishSarah RichChemistry
Sarah McDougaldPsychologySavanah BirdBiology
Servio Marin Romance LanguagesTroy BrundidgeGeography
Zacharias SilvasChemistry  

Raymund First-Year Fellowship

Thanks to a generous gift from Oregon alumnus Steve Raymund, the Division of Graduate Studies is proud to support a number of high-achieving Ph.D. students throughout their studies.  Raymund Fellows are chosen on the basis of their outstanding academic achievement, while also considering educational, geographic, gender, racial/ethnic, and other forms of diversity.


Avery ConnerEarth SciencesDaniel Quintero PlataGerman & Scandinavian
Elizabeth McGuireAnthropologyEmma MazzuchiLinguistics
Heather LeonardCounseling Psychology & Human ServicesJustin SzaszSociology
Kimberly OlivarEnglishSergio MarinRomance Languages
Mariam NadeemComparative Literature  

Sandra Morgen Public Impact Fellowship

The purpose of the Sandra Morgen Public Impact Fellowship (formally known as the UO Public Impact Fellowship) award is to recognize and support the work of up to two graduate students whose research has the potential to have a significant impact on society.


Johnathan Lichtenstein School PsychologyKirsten Vinyeta Environmental Science, Studies & Policy

Southeast Asian Studies Fellowship

The Southeast Asian Studies Fellowship award is designed to encourage graduate research about Southeast Asia. Awards may be requested for educational expenses, including tuition supplements, travel, equipment purchase, books, and supplies, or other educational needs. The award is made possible by an endowment from Norman Sundberg, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, and Donna Sundberg.


Elio GarciaEnglish

UO Dissertation Fellowship

Co-sponsored by the schools and colleges at the UO, the UO Dissertation Research Fellowship is awarded to the most outstanding doctoral student in their unit.


Beyene GubaeMedia StudiesCameron JohnsonPhysics
Chandler LesterEconomicsDevin LeaGeography
Elisabeth GoldmanAnthropologyRachel GuldinMedia Studies
Jon AycockMathematicsJonathan LichtensteinSchool Psychology
Jonathan WrightLinguisticsKate SpitzleyHuman Physiology
Martha BannikovComparative LiteratureNathan WarrenLCB
Niyati NaikArchitectureZack FoxLCB

UO Doctoral Research Fellowship

For students in any UO Ph.D. program, this fellowship is awarded to the most outstanding doctoral student as determined by a faculty selection committee.


Jeremy BardChemistry

UO Oregon Sylff Fellowships for International Research

The Sylff program aims to identify and nurture leaders who will overcome differences in nationality, language, ethnicity, religion, and political systems to tackle global issues, and whose high integrity and drive to address issues unique to their respective countries can make a real difference. Fellowship stipends are awarded to full-time doctoral students for one academic year of graduate work involving research and scholarly endeavors in programs and projects with an international dimension.


Emily MasucciAnthropologyKatherine ShieldsGeography
Liudmila Listrovaya SociologyLuciana Etcheverry HernandezEconomics