Graduate Fellows Program

Graduate Fellows
Graduate fellows program

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). The applications are accepted annually. Scroll down for application and nomination forms and to see how the graduate fellows program works. 

Current Graduate Fellows

Eileen Boswell

Eileen Boswell

Department: Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education
Focus: African Migration to Midwestern States and their Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs)
Paul Grosskopf

Paul Grosskopf

Department: English
Focus: Fatness in American Literature

Katharine Hogan

Katharine Hogan

Department: Natural Resources/Applied Ecology
Focus: Prairie ecosystems restoration and complex systems resilience

Cara Morgenson

Cara Morgenson

Department: Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education
Focus: Civic identities and community engagement practices of immigrant and refugee young adults
Bailey McNichol

Bailey McNichol

Department: Biological Sciences
Focus: Diversity and change in Nebraska's forests
Matthew Thompson

Matthew Thompson

Department: Civil Engineering
Focus: Sustainability of small community wastewater treatment infrastructure

Graduate Fellow stories

Great Plains Graduate Fellow alumna essay:

Aubrey Streit Krug (PhD, English and Great Plains Studies, Great Plains Graduate Fellow alumna) recently had an essay published via the Center for Humans and Nature, which issued a call for responses to a recent question series: "What kind of ancestor do you want to be?" In her essay, she writes about being grounded through native Bluestem roots and the lessons she learned while studying the Omaha language at the University of Nebraska—namely how keeping the past in front of us can help make a better future. Streit Krug is a postdoctoral fellow at the Land Institute in Kansas.

Great Plains Graduate Fellows team up for paper

A cross-disciplinary partnership between English PhD Aubrey Streit Krug and Natural Resources PhD Daniel Uden resulted in this new paper, published in Ecology and Society.

Citation: Streit Krug, A., Uden, D., Allen, C., & Twidwell, D. (2017). Culturally induced range infilling of Eastern Redcedar: A problem in ecology, an ecological problem, or both?. Ecology and Society, 22(2).

Previous graduate fellows:
Belinda Acosta (English)
Kami Ahrens (English)
Sara Anderson (Anthropology)
Hannah Birge (Natural Resources)
Sabrina Brown (Earth and Atmospheric Science)
Jessica Burnett (Natural Resource Sciences)
Jie Cheng (Electrical Engineering)
Daniel Clausen (English)
Donna Devlin (History)
Tori Donovan (Agronomy and Horticulture)
Jamie Downing (Communication Studies)
Mikal Eckstrom (History)
William England (Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education)
Joshua Ewalt (Communication Studies)
John K. Fitzpatrick III (Anthropology)
Kent Fricke (Natural Resource Sciences)
Jacob Friefeld (History)
Aileen Garcia (Child, Youth and Family Studies)
Susana Geliga (History)
Nora Greiman (Anthropology/Archaeology)
Matthew Guzman (English)
Shivani Jadeja (Biology)
Joe Hamm (Psychology)
Clayton Hanson (History)
Alecia Harris (Art History)
Jason Hertz (English)
MacKayla Kelsey (English)
Aubrey Streit Krug (English)

Chih-Chung Lee (Biological Sciences)
Louise Lynch (Entomology)
Maria Nazos (English)
Jason Nolan (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences)
Emily Rau (English)
Caleb Roberts (Agronomy and Horticulture)
Nathan Rossman (Earth and Atmospheric Science)
Rebekka Schlichting (Journalism)
Robert Shepard (Geography)
Maggi Sliwinski
Kristin Sorensen (Geography)
Jennifer Stacy (Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education)
Cameron Steele (English)
Kristine Subeck (TLTE)
Kaitlin Sundberg (History, UNO)
Alexis Swendener (Sociology)
Baligh Ben Taleb (History)
Sarah Taylor (Children, Youth and Family Studies)
Daniel Uden (Natural Resources)
Reed Underwood (TLTE)
Blake Weeder (History, UNK)
Matt Whitaker (English)
Cory Willard (English)
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; 
  • may be eligible for up to $1,000 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.

Nominations open TBD

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 Amateis at - Call 402-472-9604 with questions. 

Nomination Form

Application Form