2014 Chancellor's Fellows

In 2013, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced the creation of the Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellowships, a dozen of which are awarded each year to graduate students. The fellowships assist KU in obtaining its mission as a flagship university that provides advanced education to students in a range of fields. The fellowship provides a stipend of $25,000 per year, and covers tuition and fees, for up to five years of support. Students are also involved in professional development workshops and networking opportunities.

For information on the 2014 Chancellor's Fellows, please read the bios below and the press release here.

Shekhar Adhikari | Physics & Astronomy

Research Interests

Shekhar AdhikariAdhikari is a graduate of Tribhuvan University where he received both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in physics. He intends to continue his research at KU in the field of high energy physics.


Keely E. Brown | Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests

Keely E. BrownBrown’s research focuses on the mechanisms by which evolution occurs – or does not occur – in flowering plants, microbial communities, and their intersection. Part of this will involve investigating the genetic basis for flower trait variation in populations. Her previous research focused on the genetic underpinnings of a trait variation in soybean directly caused by genetic modification.


Michael Eisenstadt | Communication Studies

Research Interests

Michael EisenstadtEisenstadt’s research analyzes rhetoric in contemporary liberal democracy, engaging issues such as the nation-state, the increasing sovereignty of multi-national corporations, and the ongoing transformations of liberal democracy. Rhetoric shines light on these issues by investigating the strategies used by corporations and dissent groups vying for hegemony over public discourse. Specifically, he interrogates these groups' strategies through the lens of public memory and neoliberalism.


Dorothy E. Glick | Musicology

Research Interests

Dorothy E. GlickGlick's primary research interests include the foundation of American music conservatories and the role of women in music with regards to patronage in the nineteenth century. Her previous research explores the construction of Paul Taffanel (1844-1908) as the father of the modern French school of flute playing. Examination of the Paris Conservatoire's history, Taffanel's career, and the dissemination of the French Flute School illuminates the legacy of Paul Taffanel and provides answers to a significant gap in contemporary scholarship.


Tamara Handy | Special Education

Research Interests

Tamara Handy Handy's research relates to policy and practice issues in education equity and access in terms of creating opportunities for children post-conflict, children in poverty, and children with disability.


Lumumba Harnett | Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Research Interests

Lumumba HarnettHarnett’s research investigates the application of adaptive signal processing for spectrum sharing of radar and mobile communication devices. This research will result in the extraction of radar information from radar and communication systems simultaneously operating within the same frequency bands due to finite spectral resources. The overall goal is to determine if the spectrum occupied by radar, used for myriad scientific, civil, and defense applications, could likewise accommodate the growing demand of mobile communications.


Eugenia Hernandez Ruiz | Music Therapy

Research Interests

Eugenia Hernandez RuizAfter getting her Master’s degree in Music Therapy at KU, Hernandez Ruiz returned to Mexico, her home country, to establish her practice. For 10 years she worked with people with disabilities (mostly Autism Spectrum Disorders) as well as women and children in domestic violence shelters. Her research interests include music therapy with the ASD population (sleep disorders in particular), music therapy as an early childhood intervention for at-risk children, and music and neuroscience. Her hope is that by deepening her understanding on how music impacts the brain from an early age, she and other music therapists can tailor interventions more effectively to improve developmental trajectories for young children.


Allison M. Meder | Speech-Language-Hearing

Research Interests

Allison M. MederMeder investigates how teams of teachers, speech-language pathologists, and other school-based professionals can collaborate to support students with complex communication needs. This work seeks to improve communicative outcomes for students who use alternative forms of communication by supporting professional teams in the schools, and thereby addresses the need for professional development in communication across disciplines.


Max Murphy | Bioengineering

Research Interests

Max MurphyMurphy is developing a model to describe how electrical microstimulation can be used to reprogram the brain in an anesthetized rat model. Ultimately, he hopes to use this model to facilitate the commercialization of an implantable brain-machine-brain device that functionally restores motor deficits of patients suffering from stroke or traumatic brain injury.


W. Jake Thompson | Psychology & Research in Education

Research Interests

Jake ThompsonThompson’s research focuses on measurement and assessment in education, specifically working on designing tests for students with significant cognitive disabilities as part of the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System Consortium. Thompson’s other interests are in the areas of instructional sensitivity and test bias.


Erik Knight Wing | Psychology

Research Interests

Erik Knight WingWing’s cardinal research interests concern the relationship between daydreaming and emotional states, using questions such as “what/when/how are you thinking,” to triangulate the answer to a different question, “how do you feel?”  Additionally, Wing is working with Associate Professor Stephen Ilardi on the continued development and evaluation of a novel, lifestyle-based treatment program for depressed patients: Therapeutic Lifestyle Change.


Candice Wuehle | English

Research Interests

Candice WuehleAs a poet, critic, and editor, Wuehle's research focuses on generating fluidity between creative and theoretical modes. Her most recent publication, CURSE WORDS: a guide in 19 steps for aspiring transmographs, critically examines issues of etymology and etiology through the cross-genre modes of prose and poetry. Wuehle's forthcoming creative project dialogues with the ways in which incantation, spells and other forms of magic become social currency, as examined through a Marxist context.

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