UI Graduate College announces recipients of its Ballard and Seashore Fellowship

UI Graduate College announces recipients of its Ballard and Seashore Fellowship

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Thirty-five graduate students receive final-year dissertation funding

The University of Iowa’s Graduate College has awarded 35 doctoral students with Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Year Fellowships for 2014. Ballard and Seashore Fellowships are intended to help students in the social sciences and humanities complete their dissertations. This is a final year fellowship for students who expect to graduate by the end of the summer 2015 term.

Students are nominated by their departments or programs. The number of fellowships is limited and awards are highly competitive. Departments may nominate one student for every eight doctoral candidates, up to a maximum of three students.

“The Graduate College is pleased to announce these highly competitive awards, which have proven to be critical for the success of the recipients,” says John Keller, UI associate provost for graduate education and Graduate College dean. “In the past decade, over 90 percent of the recipients of the Ballard and Seashore Fellowships have gone on to complete their doctoral degrees.”

The fellowship provides a stipend of $20,000 for the academic year, along with two credit hours of tuition per semester (but not mandatory fees) and a health/dental insurance allowance.

To read more about each recipient and to see photos, visit here.

To be eligible, students must have successfully completed the comprehensive examination by the nomination deadline. During the fellowship period, recipients may not hold other paid positions, except in unique situations that contribute substantially to the student's academic development.

Funds for three Ada Louisa Ballard Fellowships were initially bequeathed by the late professor Clarence E. Cousins to honor his mother. Professor Cousins was a long-time faculty member in the Department of French and Italian. The Graduate College awards these fellowships, along with Seashore Fellowships in honor of former Graduate College Dean Carl Seashore.


Anthropology: Christina Nicholas, Oxford, Michigan

Economics: Philip Erickson, Orem, Utah

Educational Policy and Leadership Studies: Mark Baccei, Littleton, Colo. and Biljani Samoukovic, Bettendorf, Iowa

History: John Eicher, Berne Ind.; Admire Mseba, Harare, Zimbabwe; Gabriele von Roedern, Golden, Colorado

Management Sciences: Shu Zhang, Chongqing, China

Marketing: Jae Hwan Kwon, Seoul, South Korea

Political Science: Emily Schilling, Burlington, Iowa

Psychological and Quantitative Foundations: Jessica O’Bleness, Keokuk, Iowa; Ah Young Shin, Seoul, South Korea; Alyssa Suess, Williston, North Dakota

Psychology: James Bigelow, Riverton, Utah; Jennifer McCabe, Bonney Lake, Washington.; Daniel Vatterott, St. Paul, Minnesota

Sociology: Mark Walker, Brigham City, Utah

Teaching and Learning: Rossina Liu, Silver Spring, Md.; Mark Sulzer, Dubuque, Iowa; Chen Tingting, Dalian, China


American Studies: Allison Wanger, Fullerton, Calif. and Larissa Werhnyak, South Bend, Indiana

Art History: Erin Peters, Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Classics: Thomas Rose, Greenville, North Carolina

Communication Studies: Michaela Frischherz, Wadsworth, Ohio; Lindsey Thomas, Humboldt, Iowa; Melissa Zimdars Green Bay, Wisconsin

English: Sonja Mayrhofer, Vienna, Austria; Benjamin Miele, Denver, Colorado; Rebecca Stoll, Kansas City, Missouri

Film Studies: Jonathan Crylen, Schaumburg, Illinois

French: Cynthia Laborde, Paris, France

Religious Studies: David Greder, Mason City, Iowa

Second Language Acquisition: Katharina Kley, Koenigsee, Germany

Spanish: Elizabeth Rathmann, Davenport, Iowa


John Riehl, Graduate College, 319-384-1309


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