In 2013, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced the creation of the Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellowships, 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 2016 Chancellor's Fellows, please read the bios below.
Brian Mosier | Biostatistics
Mosier will be involved in development of a fully functional SAS macro that will facilitate sample size and power calculations using a novel statistical method using the concept of Proportional Time.
Courtney McDaniel | Communication Studies
McDaniel's research focuses on interpersonal communication in close relationships. Her research centers on the intersections of deception and social support, and more specifically, how deceptive communication is used as a strategy to provide support others. In the future, she plans to extend this research into the context of domestic violence shelters to study how to improve the supportive communication that occurs between shelter advocates and survivors.
Anna Klompen | Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Anna is interested in working with cnidarians - jellyfish, hydras, and sea anemones - both because of their ancient placement in the tree of life and relatively little known about these beautiful creatures. My research will be focused on the evolutionary, ecological, and environmental patterns driving venom evolution and diversification in various cnidarian species through genomic and proteomic techniques.
Hannah Scupham | English
Scupham’s research explores nineteenth-century British literature and the intersections of marriage plots, gender, and sexuality. She is also interested in theories of embodiment and semiotics, as well as popular fiction.
James Paul Estes | French & Italian
James Estes is researching the literature and journalism of the French Resistance movement, including such figures as Camus, Mauriac and Bourdet. With a primary emphasis on the period’s literary contributions towards self-empowerment and liberation from all forms of oppression, Estes’ research further examines the lessons learned in occupied France during an epoch of heightened social awareness. Through this analysis, he seeks to open new discourse on Resistance as a universal concept by means of which activists engage politically and create camaraderie or solidarity in order to oppose oppressive forces and regimes.
Rosalyn Henn | Bioinfomatics
Henn completed a Bachelor of Arts in Biology at Truman State University in 2015, with two years of research experience. Her research was focused on developmental mutations in Maize, utilizing bioinformatics to view the mutations at the molecular level. She hopes to use the bioinformatics and lab skillsets within the biomedical research realm, focusing on the utilization of genomic and proteomic data within the Electronic Medical Record system to improve patient care.
Jason Payne | Medicinal Chemistry
Sara McClure | Music
McClure's research interests include the music education movement, especially conductors like Walter Damrosch, Nadia Boulanger, and Leonard Bernstein, who produced educational children’s concerts in the twentieth century. McClure’s previous research investigated the role of Catholicism in the sacred choral-orchestral works of twentieth-century French composer Francis Poulenc.
Brianne Richson | Psychology
Richson is broadly interested in the interplay between symptoms in eating disorders, and how a transdiagnostic framework might be useful in terms of more efficiently disseminating evidence-based treatments for these disorders. Additionally, she is interested in continuing to refine the field's definition of eating disorder recovery, and in examining how recovery can best be maintained over time.
Luis Lomeli | Spanish
Gómez’ research focuses on the analysis of literary, technical, and political texts that reveal the two main utopian ideas about nature that we have had in the Americas since the XVIth century -nature as a pristine harmonious environment and nature as a wild thing that has to be tamed. In other words, a possible genealogy of global change’s contemporary debate. Parallel interests include creative writing and cultural bridge-building between Africa and the Americas.
Zijie Ma | Special Education
Zijie’s research is focused on advancing evidence-based practices to support individuals with autism and other disabilities to achieve their potential and better quality of life. He is interested in critically analyzing how to improve the design and implementation of evidence-based practices and exploring ways to facilitate successful implementation in different contexts.
Chelsea Waters | Special Education
Waters’ research in the field of Early Childhood Special Education seeks to explore the experiences of parents and families raising young children with special needs. This includes exploring how parents and family members establish and participate in communities of support through social media, and how this type of community can function as a platform for advocacy, support, and resources.