Graduate Fellows Program

Graduate Fellows
Graduate fellows program
"While the Great Plains are often thought of as marginal, they are actually central: historically, geographically, ecologically, and culturally. The Great Plains Graduate Fellows program supports and connects students who work passionately to understand this unique region." Daniel Clausen Great Plains Graduate Fellow Captain, English

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, please contact a Fellow. (Fellows by department). Applications are accepted during Spring Term, March 1 - 25, 2016. Scroll down for application and nomination forms and to see how the graduate fellows program works. 

Current Graduate Fellows

Belinda Acosta

Belinda Acosta

Department: English
Focus: Creative writing, ethnic studies

Kami Ahrens

Kami Ahrens

Department: Anthropology 
Focus: Historical archaeology and gender roles and identity on the frontier

Hannah Birge

Hannah Birge

Department: Natural Resources
Focus: Disturbance Ecology and Resilience of The Great Plains

Jessica Burnett

Jessica Burnett

Department: Natural Resource Sciences
Focus: Land use impact on wildlife

Daniel Clausen

Daniel Clausen

Department: English 
Focus: Agriculture in American Literature
Graduate Fellows Captain

Jamie Downing

Jamie Downing

Department: Communication Studies
Focus: Jewish rhetorical tradition

Mikal Eckstrom

Mikal Eckstrom

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

Aileen Garcia

Aileen Garcia

Department: Child, Youth and Family Studies
Focus: Parent participation

Susana Geliga

Susana Geliga

Department: History
Focus: Dakota Sioux

Shivani Jadeja

Shivani Jadeja

Department: Biology
Focus: Mutualist pollinators

Aubrey Streit Krug

Aubrey Streit Krug

Department: English 
Focus: Plants in bioregional and environmental literature

Louise Lynch

Louise Lynch

Department: Entomology
Focus: Educational and behavioral impacts of entomology-based citizen science
Maria Nazos

Maria Nazos

Department: English
Focus: Great Plains poetry
Emily Reason

Emily Reason

Department: Art & Art History
Focus: Place-based artistic representation
Caleb Roberts

Caleb Roberts

Department: Agronomy & Horticulture
Focus: Landscape and community ecology
Maggi Sliwinski

Maggi Sliwinski

Department: Natural Resources
Focus: Grassland conservation

Beligh Ben Taleb

Beligh Ben Taleb

Department: History
Focus: Impact of the Indian Claims Commission on Plains Indians
Daniel Uden

Daniel Uden

Department: Natural Resource Sciences
Focus: Historical landuse and ecological change

Matt Whitaker

Matt Whitaker

Department: English
Focus: Place studies

Previous graduate fellows: Jie Cheng (Electrical Engineering), William England (English), Joshua Ewalt (Communications), John K. Fitzpatrick III (Anthropology), Kent Fricke (Natural Resource Sciences), Jacob Friefeld (History), Nora Greiman (Anthropology/Archaeology), Joe Hamm (Psychology), Clayton Hanson (History), Alecia Harris (Art History), Jason Hertz (English), Jason Nolan (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences), Nathan Rossman (Earth and Atmospheric Science), Rebekka Schlichting (Journalism), Robert Shepard (Geography), Kristin Sorensen (Geography), Jennifer Stacy (Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education), Kristine Subeck (TLTE), Alexis Swendener (Sociology), Rebecca Wingo (History)

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 $750 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.


NOMINATION PROCEDURE:

Applicants should give a completed application and a transcript copy to a nominating Great Plains Fellow (faculty). The nominating fellow will complete a nomination form and deliver all three items to Melissa Marsh at mmarsh13@unl.edu. Download the nomination forms above.

The period for applications for 2017 will be announced soon. Call 402-472-9604 with questions.