New 2019 Dow Sustainability Fellows Doctoral Cohort

By: 
Elizabeth LaPorte, Program Manager
Release Date: 
12/10/2018

Dow 2019 Doctoral cohort

The Dow Doctoral Fellows Program receives support from the following
U-M units: 

  • College of Engineering
  • College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • School of Medicine
  • Ross School of Business
  • School for Environment and Sustainability
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Social Work
  • Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Made possible by The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, the program prepares future sustainability leaders to make a positive difference in organizations worldwide.

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Dow Sustainability Fellows Program

Recently, eleven exceptional doctoral candidates from eight University of Michigan (U-M) schools and colleges, representing ten different disciplines were named Dow Sustainability Doctoral Fellows. Each new Fellow will receive up to $15,000 to help support their research in the coming year.

New Dow Doctoral Fellows and their supporting colleges/schools are:

  • Alaa Algargoosh, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (Architecture)                
  • Kathryn Berringer, School of Social Work
  • Jennifer Carman, School for Environment and Sustainability (Resource Policy & Behavior)
  • Cassandra Champagne, College of Engineering (Civil and Environmental)
  • Suzanne Chou, College of Engineering (Mechanical)
  • Michelle L. Fearon, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology)             
  • Nathalie Lambrecht, School of Public Health (Nutritional Sciences) 
  • Michael Lerner, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (Political Science)
  • Cindy Lin, School of Information                           
  • Diana Jue-Rajasingh, Ross School of Business (Strategy)
  • Morteza Taiebat, School for Environment and Sustainability (Resource Policy & Behavior)

“We are excited to accept this new cohort of talented Doctoral students into the Dow Fellows Program,” stated Margaret Wooldridge Director of the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program and College of Engineering Professor. “They represent the brightest of Michigan, and we look forward to a year of activities to help them refine their skills and contribute to sustainability leadership.”

Dow Doctoral Fellows join a growing community of more than 1,000 sustainability scholars devoted to developing and implementing practical and innovative ideas. Dow Masters and Doctoral Fellows come from academic departments throughout the university and seek to become sustainability leaders in academia, business, government, and non-governmental organizations. Fellows focus on interdisciplinary approaches to a broad array of sustainability challenges related to water, energy, transportation, built environment, climate change, food, health, human behavior, and others.

Awards are funded through a combination of support from the Dow Fellows program and the fellow’s home school/college and are administered by the fellow’s home school/college. This is the fifth cohort of Dow Sustainability Doctoral Fellows at U-M, and they will participate in the program from January to December 2019. However, Fellows are encouraged to remain involved with the program throughout their time at U-M and beyond.


Made possible by The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at the University of Michigan supports full-time graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at the university who are committed to finding interdisciplinary, actionable, and meaningful sustainability solutions on local-to-global scales.  We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are key to empowerment, and the advancement of sustainability knowledge, learning and leadership.

The University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute administers and supports the Dow Doctoral Fellows program.