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Congratulations to our New 2022-2023 Fellows and Scholars!

By Yuval Pritz & Aude Emmanuel

Congratulations to our New 2022-2023 Fellows and Scholars!

By Yuval Pritz & Aude Emmanuel
The Graduate School celebrates the 2022-2023 Dean’s, UM, Maytag, McKnight, and Dissertation Fellows, and the Sam and Clara Schreiber and Wulkan Scholars.

The Graduate School is proud to announce the distinguished students who were awarded Dean’s Fellowships, University of Miami (UM) Fellowships, Maytag Fellowships, McKnight Fellowships, Dissertation Fellowships, Stanley, Sam and Clara Schreiber Scholarships, and the Wulkan Scholarship. Congratulations to our 2022-2023 Fellows and Scholars!


Dean’s Fellowship

The Dean's Fellowship provides recipients with two years of support and is the most prestigious award offered by the Graduate School. Nominees must be incoming first-year doctoral students from any area of study. The following eight graduate students received this fellowship.

  • Jennifer Chavez, Prevention Science & Community Health
  • Arturo Gonzalez, History
  • Jordan Grant, Biomedical Engineering
  • Nardia Lipman, English
  • Dalton Scott, Nursing Science
  • Shannon Shaughnessy, Psychology
  • Yuri Silva de Souza, Biology
  • Euge Stumm, Literary, Cultural & Linguistic Studies


UM Fellowship

The UM Fellowship provides recipients with two years of support and is one of the highest awards offered by the Graduate School. Nominees must be incoming first-year Ph.D. students from any area of study. A total of eight graduate students received this fellowship, and the following six are the fellowship awardees who agreed to be featured.

  • Michael Crawford, Psychology
  • Nerissa Manela, Music Education
  • Lauren Milgram, Psychology
  • Eric Osei Prempeh, History
  • Nequiel Reyes, Prevention Science & Community Health
  • Michelle Meital Sanabria, Counseling Psychology


Maytag Fellowship

The Maytag Fellowship, funded by an endowment from the Robert E. Maytag estate, recognizes and supports promising researchers in the fields of atmospheric sciences, biochemistry and molecular biology, biology, chemistry, cellular physiology and molecular biophysics, marine biology and ecology, meteorology and physical oceanography, molecular cell and developmental biology, marine and atmospheric chemistry, mathematics, ocean sciences, physics, psychology, and counseling psychology. The following two graduate students received this fellowship.

  • Lina Marcela Aragon Baquero, Biology
  • Emily Yeager, Marine Biology & Ecology


McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship program, funded by the Florida Education Fund, is designed to address the under-representation of African American and Hispanic faculty at colleges and universities in the state of Florida by increasing the pool of citizens qualified with Ph.D. degrees to teach at the college and university levels. Up to 50 Fellowships are awarded annually to African American or Hispanic students to attend one of nine participating Florida universities, including the University of Miami. Eligible fields of study include any field in the Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Nursing, or the Visual and Performing Arts. A total of four graduate students received this fellowship, and the following two are the fellowship awardees who agreed to be featured.

  • Jennifer Chavez, Prevention Science & Community Health
  • Mariana Viso, Biomedical Engineering


McKnight Dissertation Fellowship


The McKnight Dissertation Fellowship program, funded by the Florida Education Fund, is designed to address the under-representation of African American and Hispanic faculty at colleges and universities in the state of Florida by increasing the pool of citizens qualified with Ph.D. degrees to teach at the college and university levels. The Dissertation Fellowship provides up to one year of support to individuals working to complete dissertations in STEM disciplines. The 2022-2023 McKnight Dissertation Fellowship recipient is:

  • Afeefa Abdool-Ghany, Chemical, Environmental & Materials Engineering


Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship

The Graduate School’s Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to doctoral students in their final year of writing and defending the dissertation, without the obligation of a teaching, research, or graduate assignment. Fellows must be Ph.D./Ed.D./D.M.A. students who have been admitted to candidacy. The 2022-2023 Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship recipients are:

  • Mariam Abazeri, Environmental Science & Policy
  • Maria Del Rosario Concha Mendez, Sociology & Criminology
  • Kathryn Gerber, Nursing Science
  • Michael Kim, Communication
  • Emel Kirbas Cilingir, Chemistry
  • Giulia Ripani, Music Education
  • Cris Rocha Vicentini, Teaching & Learning
  • Feiran Xu, Industrial & Systems Engineering


Stanley, Sam, and Clara Schreiber Scholarship

The Stanley, Sam, and Clara Schreiber Scholarship is an endowed scholarship for graduate students working toward a master's or doctoral degree in chemistry. The 2022-2023 Stanley, Sam, and Clara Schreiber Scholars are:

  • Victor Paulino, Chemistry
  • Lukun Wang, Chemistry
  • Wei Zhang, Chemistry 

Wulkan Family American Public Transportation Foundation Scholarship

The University of Miami has established the Wulkan Family American Public Transportation Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund for graduate students with an interest in a future career in the public transportation industry. The 2022-2023 Wulkan Scholar is:

  • Elvis Baffoe, Civil Engineering