News and Notes November 2013


Current Graduate Student Fellowship Application Available in December 

Are you ready to compete? Current graduate students are eligible to apply for fellowship funding for the 2014- 2015 academic year. Last year, 77 students applied for one of six Presidential and Fling Fellowships.

The Presidential Fellowship is awarded to advanced doctoral candidates or MFA students. The fellowship stipend is $24,000 for the academic year. The award also includes tuition, fees, and the University's portion of the student health insurance premium.

The Fling Fellowship is awarded to advanced masters or doctoral students. Masters students must be within one year of graduation and doctoral students must be within two years of graduation. The fellowship stipend is $20,000. There were four Fling recipients for the 2012-13 academic year; the number to be awarded will be determined based on available funding. This award also includes tuition, fees, and the University's portion of the student health insurance.

The Dean's Fellowship will be awarded to the remaining students who are ranked in the top 10% of the fellowship applicant pool.

The current student fellowship application will be available online starting December 4 on the Graduate Studies website. Students must submit an application, an academic goal statement, CV, and two letters of recommendation from faculty members. This is a highly competitive process. Applications are ranked by faculty members on the UNL Fellowship Committee. Here's a helpful hint: Previous successful applicants made use of an article about creating a successful application that appeared on page 8 of the November 2008 edition of Graduate Connections.

The UNL Healthy Option Student Insurance Plan - Spring Information

UNL's Graduate Student Insurance plan provides excellent coverage at an affordable price. You can find more information on the Health Insurance FAQ.

Students can enroll on MyRED ( However, graduate assistants and international graduate students (Fl or Jl visa holder) will be automatically enrolled for basic coverage and do not need to fill out the enrollment form or sign up through the MyRED account. Dependents of all students will need to complete an enrollment form available at the University Health Center.

Graduate Assistants who have their own insurance need to opt-out of the plan with the Waiver Request Form, which must be completed online by 1/24/14 for Spring/Summer. Otherwise, you will be automatically enrolled in the plan and your student account will be charged. The waiver form must be filled out online EACH fall and spring semester online and submitted to the University Health Center by the published deadline.

For more information:

For in-depth questions about insurance coverage and enrollment forms, contact the Health Center at 402-472-7509.
For questions about graduate assistant eligibility, contact Jane Schneider at 402-472-8670 or

Doctoral Graduation Information Sessions 

If you're planning ot graduate in the next year, be sure to attend one of these information sessions. You'll learn about the necessary forms, where to find them, and when to submit them in order to graduate on time. We'll "walk" you through planning for your graduation date, explaining the process and identifying the tasks you'll need to complete to graduate.

You'll have an opportunity to ask questions regarding the process for applying for graduation, the graduation ceremony, and other graduation-related topics. Attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch/dinner to the session. Dessert and drinks will be provided.

Pre-register online for one of the following sessions:

Tuesday, January 21, 5:30 p.m., City Campus Union
Wednesday, January 22, 12:00 p.m., East Campus Union
Monday, January 27, 4:00 p.m., City Campus Union

If you're unable to make one of the sessions, contact Eva Bachman at for more information about a video presentation.

The Latina/o Graduate Student Organization (LGSA) is looking for new members!

Some LGSA goals are:

    • Seeking to provide a community of incoming and continuing Latina/o graduate students.
    • Networking among Latina/o graduate students, faculty, staff, and administrators at UNL
    • Monthly meetings and social events.
If you have questions contact the LGSA at

Spring 2014 Course Offering: Evidence-Based Teaching Methods for the Postsecondary Classroom

This course is open to all graduate students and postdoctoral research assistants in science disciplines.

For more information, see the flyer or contact Dr. Marilyne Stains at or (402) 472-3503.

UNL Libraries introduces ASKUS

When you have that tough research question or need to know which database to use – just ASKUS. The UNL Libraries ASKUS service is ready to assist.  Services range from answering simple questions to coaching you on research skills. You can ask your question by phone, text, online chat, walk-in to any of the UNL Libraries or by appointment. Go to to find out more.


Nov. 7 Nebraska Lecture focuses on strategies to end bullying

UNL educational psychologist Susan Swearer will present the fall Nebraska Lecture, “Creating a Kinder World: Empowering Youth to End Bullying,” Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Union auditorium, 1400 R St. Swearer will discuss her research on the complex personal, social and cultural factors underlying bullying, and how to develop prevention and intervention approaches that empower youth to make positive choices. A national expert on the issue, Swearer presented her research at a 2011 White House bullying prevention conference and currently serves on the research board of the Born This Way Foundation founded by pop singer Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta. Swearer’s lecture, part of The Nebraska Lectures: Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series, is sponsored by the UNL Research Council, Office of the Chancellor and the Office of Research and Economic Development, in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Visit the Nebraska Lectures webpage for more information and to view the live webcast.

Graduate Student Accomplishments

Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Othmer, Presidential, and Fling Fellowship Award Recipients 

New graduate students to UNL who received an Othmer Recruitment Fellowship and current graduate students that received Presidential and Fling Fellowships were honored at a luncheon on October 3, 2013.

These Presidential fellowship recipients receive a $24,000 stipend, tuition and fees for the 13-14 academic year: 

Anna Bellatorre, Ph.D. student in sociology
Thomas (Trey) Moody, Ph.D. student in English
Pradhumna Shrestha, Ph.D. student in engineering with a specialization in computer and electronics engineering


These Fling fellowship recipients receive a $20,000 stipend, tuition and fees for the 13-14 academic year: 

Theodore Bartholomew, Ph.D. student in psychological studies in education
Marie Chelini, PhD. student in biological sciences
Charles Davidson, Ph.D. student in psychology


These new Othmer recipients will receive the fellowship in addition to their assistantships for three academic years:

Alyson Alvarez, history; Courtney Boise, psychology; John Bowen, chemistry; Katherine Brockhage, communication studies; Paulo Costa, physics and astronomy; Sara El Alaoui, computer science; Christopher Evans, mathematics; Molly Franz, psychology; Ji Guo, teaching learning & teacher education; Mitchell Hamidi, mathematics; Alicia Herraiz Guiterrez, modern languages & literatures; Emily Jane Hudson, biological sciences; Nathaniel Jenkins, nutrition & health sciences; Gabrielle Kirilloff, English; Wenjing Li, economics; Michelle Palmer, biological chemistry; Jessie Patterson, special education & communication disorders; Sophia Payne, biological sciences; Andrea Phillips, marketing; Brittany Piper, sociology; Katerina Psaroudaki, philosophy; Leah Ruff, agronomy & horticulture; Steven Schlachter, management; Joseph Schmitz, electrical engineering; Erin Schoenbeck, art & art history; Felipe Figueiredo Silva, agricultural economics; Kyr Townsend, finance; William White, English; Zesheng Zhang, mechanical & materials engineering; Li Zhao, civil engineering