Fellowships for Doctoral Candidates at The University of Texas at Austin

An endowment fund at the University of Texas was established with our first contribution of $1,100 in 1934.  Contributions were made to this fund over a period of years, until the endowment reached sufficient size to support awarding of annual fellowships.  Mildred Englert is the branch member whose donation completed the endowment.  The Austin Branch has awarded graduate fellowships yearly since 1985 to women who are doctoral candidates at The University of Texas at Austin.  Beginning with the 1985-1986 academic year, ninety (90) women have received fellowships from our branch, to financially assist them in completing the final year of their doctoral studies.

***   Fellowship recipients for 2021-2022 school year ****

Twenty-four doctoral candidates at the University of Texas submitted applications for the AAUW branch fellowships for the 2021-2022 academic year. The fellowship committee consisting of Nancy Andren, Elizabeth Newell, Joyce Pulich, Ruth Rubio, Mary Ellen Scribner, and Janet Widoff, reviewed their applications, statements, references and academic credentials.  The team was impressed by the background and research effort of all the doctoral candidates.  After careful deliberation, five women were selected to receive $3,000 fellowships during the 2021-2022 academic year.  The recipients are:

  • Emily Carl works in the Clinical Psychology program. Her dissertation topic is “Exercise for depression: A network meta-analysis.” Emily does volunteer work with veterans with mental health issues.
  • Pooja Mandke from the Cell and Molecular Biology program is working on “Roles of HMGB proteins in modulating the processing of alternative DNA structures.” In addition to this important cancer research, she is a STEM mentor.
  • Stephanie Valenzuela studies in the Chemistry program. Her dissertation topic is “A Deep Dive into how Dynamic Covalent Bonding Pairs can be used to Create Reconfigurable Networks, and Empowering Elementary School Teachers in STEM through Academic Research.” She is very involved in outreach to underserved populations.
  • Dominica Whitesell works in the Geography program. Her project is entitled “A Deep Dive  How Dynamic Covalent Bonding Pairs can be used to Create Reconfigurable Networks, and Empowering Elementary School Teachers in STEM through Academic Research.” She actively works to increase diversity and feminism in the geography department.
  • Anais Zimmer is doing important climate change work in the Geography. Her dissertation title is “Human Environmental Interactions in the Deglaciating Alps and Tropical Andes.” She is an ultra-marathon runner and has won several high-altitude races in the Andes and the Alps.

***   Fellowship recipients for 2020-2021 school year ****

Twenty doctoral candidates from a broad range of disciplines at the University of Texas submitted applications for the AAUW fellowships for the 2020-2021 academic year. The scholarship committee, consisting of Elizabeth Newell, Janet Widoff, Mary Ellen Scribner, Jean Bessent, and Joyce Pulich, reviewed the students’ applications, statements, references and academic credentials. The committee members agreed that the applications were exceptional and the choice was difficult. After careful consideration, they selected five women to receive awards of $2,800. The recipients are:

  • Lucy Le Blanc, a PhD candidate in Microbiology at the Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology.
  • Sierra Mendez, a fourth-year doctoral student in Rhetoric & Writing.
  • Williamena Granger, a PhD candidate in Architecture who explores the corona virus crisis as it manifested itself at a care center for the elderly,
  • Caroline Johnson is a doctoral candidate in American Studies at the University of Texas.
  • Maro Youssef is a dissertation away from a PhD in Sociology at the University of Texas.

A complete list of UT Austin Doctoral fellowship recipients is up-to-date and available at AAUW_AustinBranch_GraduateFellowships_UTAustin_2021

For information about fellowships and grants available from AAUW National, visit www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/.