Graduate Fellows Program

Graduate Fellows
Graduate fellows program
"There are so many elements of our daily lives shaped by our history -- and that history is very prevalent on the Great Plains." Rebecca Wingo Great Plains Graduate Fellow, History

The Graduate Fellows Program of the Center for Great Plains Studies provides space for selected graduate students to work, meet, obtain support, learn from fellow students, engage with the Center faculty and staff, benefit from the Center's resources, and progress in the degree programs in their home departments.

Graduate Fellows are selected annually from individuals nominated by Fellows of the Center. Students who are enrolled in a doctoral program or a terminal-degree master's program in a Great Plains-related discipline on any University of Nebraska campus are eligible; if you wish to be nominated during the nomination period (March 3 - March 28, 2014), please contact a Fellow. (Fellows by department). Scroll down or click to see how the graduate fellows program works. 

Above: Graduate Fellows meet with author and Great Plains Book Prize winner William Farr to discuss his book

Current Graduate Fellows

Belinda Acosta

Belinda Acosta

Department: English
Focus: Creative writing, ethnic studies

Amanda Breitbach

Amanda Breitbach

Department: Art and Art History
Focus: Studio art, photography

Jay Cheng

Jay Cheng

Department: Electrical Engineering
Focus: Renewable energy engagement in rural power systems

Mikal Eckstrom

Mikal Eckstrom

Department: History
Focus: Jews and Native Americans in the Great Plains

Joshua Ewalt

Joshua Ewalt

Department: Communication Studies 
Focus: The symbolic construction of a community's sense of place

Kent Fricke

Kent Fricke

Department: Natural Resource Sciences
Focus: Managing natural resources in dynamic landscapes

Jacob Friefeld

Jacob Friefeld

Department: History
Focus: Ethics, Homestead Act

Nora Greiman

Nora Greiman

Department: Archeology/Anthropology 
Focus: Exploitation of the Neb. Sand Hills during the Medieval Climatic Anomaly

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Clayton Hanson

Department: History
Focus: Heritage tourism

Jason Hertz

Jason Hertz

Department: English/Literature Studies 
Focus: Native American autobiographies in the Great Plains

Aubrey Streit Krug

Aubrey Streit Krug

Department: English 
Focus: Plants in bioregional and environmental literature

Jason Nolan

Jason Nolan

Department: Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Focus: Biogeochemical influences on the mobilization of geogenic Uranium

Nathan Rossman

Nathan Rossman

Department: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Focus: Groundwater flow in the Nebraska Sandhills

Rob Shepard

Robert C. Shepard

Department: Geography 
Focus: Historical GIS and cartography

Jennifer Stacy

Jennifer Stacy

Department: Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education
Focus: Spanish-speaking families

Alexis Swendener

Alexis Swendener

Department: Sociology
Focus: Farm women's work roles and mental health

Daniel Uden

Daniel Uden

Department: School of Natural Resources
Focus: Historical landuse and ecological change

Rebecca Wingo

Rebecca S. Wingo

Department: History
Focus: Native American history

Graduate Fellows Captain

Previous graduate fellows: William England, English; Joe Hamm, Psychology; Kristin Sorensen, Geography; John K. Fitzpatrick III

Graduate Fellows Program

The Graduate Fellows Program of the Center for Great Plains Studies offers selected graduate students a place to work, meet, obtain support, learn from fellow students, engage with the Center faculty and staff, and benefit from the Center’s resources as they progress towards their degrees.

BENEFITS FOR GRADUATE FELLOWS: Each student selected will

  • be named a Great Plains Graduate Fellow; 
  • be invited to use the Center’s Graduate Fellows Commons as a study, research, and meeting site; 
  • have the use of the office equipment, materials, and other resources available in the Commons and the food & drink facilities in the first-floor receiving area; 
  • have the right to invite other graduate students with whom the Graduate Fellow is working to meet in the Commons; 
  • be provided with a locked cabinet for storing work materials and equipment; 
  • have the right to use the other resources of the Center, including the conference room, Christlieb Library, copier and other office equipment, and other resources within reasonable limits on a when-available basis; 
  • have the right to participate in Center functions, such as the annual symposium, Fellows Luncheon, and other events; 
  • be provided upon application for up to $500 per year reimbursement for travel to professional meetings or research expenses; 
  • enjoy other rights and benefits as may be added from time to time.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF GRADUATE FELLOWS: Each Graduate Fellow has the following responsibilities, violation of which may be cause for revoking Graduate Fellow status:

  • To maintain good academic standing and progress towards his or her degree in the home department;
  • To participate in the Center’s activities and events, including Graduate Fellow seminars and Center lectures, symposia, exhibition openings, and other events;
  • To contribute to a Center project in collaboration with Center staff; opportunities include writing for or working with the editors of Great Plains Quarterly or Great Plains Research, assisting with the annual symposium, organizing seminars for the Graduate Fellows, or contributing to some other Center activity;
  • To use the Commons only during prescribed hours, which are those hours for which the Museum is open (or on Mondays, the Center is open) and be respectful of events taking place in the Museum;
  • To use the Center’s facilities in a manner which respects the property, equipment, and working environment of the other Graduate Fellows and the Center; and in general to maintain those standards of civility, respect for others, integrity, non-discrimination, collegiality, and goodwill that reflect well on the Center.

SELECTION GUIDELINES: The Center will annually invite applications from doctoral (or other terminal degree) students in Great Plains-related disciplines from all NU campuses to apply to be a Great Plains Graduate Fellow. Master’s students in disciplines for which NU does not offer the terminal degree are also eligible. Each application will require nomination by a Center (faculty) Fellow. A selection committee appointed by the Director will choose from the applications those individuals whom it wishes to nominate as Graduate Fellows based on each student’s academic record, relevance of the student’s graduate project to the Great Plains, ability to benefit from being a Graduate Fellow, and potential excellence of his or her project. The Director will make the final selection and appointment. It is expected that the Center will normally have approximately ten to twelve Graduate Fellows in residence at a time. Appointment as a Great Plains Graduate Fellow is for the term of two years (one year for Master’s students), with possible reappointment for an additional year.

ROLE OF THE DIRECTOR: The Director’s decisions concerning this program shall be final, including decisions involving the selection of and benefits for Graduate Fellows, their use of the Commons and other Center facilities and resources, the terms and conditions of Graduate Fellow status, and revocation of Graduate Fellow status.


Download the student application to be a Graduate Fellow

Download the student nomination by faculty Fellow form


The period for applications is March 3 - March 28. Call 402-472-3965 with questions. Send forms to Katie Nieland at knieland2@unl.edu