New 2020 Dow Masters Fellows

By: 
Elizabeth LaPorte
Release Date: 
1/3/2020

Recently, 34 exceptional graduate students from 10 University of Michigan (U-M) schools and colleges were named Dow Sustainability Masters Fellows. Each new Masters Fellow will receive $20,000 for their studies and become part of a community of sustainability scholars and fellows. Dow Masters Fellows are part of a distinguished group of graduate students. Each U-M school may nominate up to 10 candidates each year and a U-M faculty committee reviews each nominee’s application.

“We are excited to welcome this diverse cohort of Fellows. We look forward to a year of opportunities designed to foster collaboration within and outside U-M, build leadership skills, and advance local and global sustainable solutions.” 

— Professor Margaret Wooldridge, Director of the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program

2019 Dow Doctoral and Masters Fellows at the annual symposium

Above: Dow Doctoral and Masters Fellows, Dow guests, and program leaders at the 2019 Dow Fellows Symposium. Dow Doctoral and Masters Fellows present about their research and team projects, summarizing the impact of their work.

Faculty & Staff Support Fellows Across Campus

Masters Fellows teams will work on service-learning projects to develop practical sustainability solutions for a community or organization. Fellows will interact with residents, stakeholders, and others. U-M faculty and staff advise project teams and dedicate significant time supporting both Masters and Doctoral Fellows. In addition, the U-M Ginsberg Center and the Office of State Outreach identified potential clients in Michigan interested in working with Dow Masters teams.

This eighth cohort of U-M Dow Sustainability Masters Fellows will participate in the program from January to December 2020. Fellows focus on interdisciplinary approaches to sustainability challenges related to urban and rural communities, climate, energy, food, health, human behavior, transportation, water, and more.

The 2020 Masters Fellows and their nominating schools are listed below (bold). Among this cohort, 18 are dual majors, indicated in parentheses.

Architecture & Urban Planning: Madeeha Ayub, Clare Kucera (Environment & Sustainability), Jamie Lee, Rosanna Ren (Environment & Sustainability), Nicole Rusk

Business: Collin Knauss (Environment & Sustainability), Jonathan Newman (Environment & Sustainability), Hugh O’Donnell, Lane Wollerton (Environment & Sustainability), Jane Xie (Environment & Sustainability)

Education: Josie Whelan (Environment & Sustainability)

Engineering: Merritt Dailey, Julia Magee (Environment & Sustainability), Jeremy Nyitrai (Environment & Sustainability)

Environment & Sustainability: Thomas Courtright, Elena Essa (Engineering), Helena Garcia (Engineering), Julia Kehoe (Business), Isabella Mayorga, Eva Roos, Lynn Socha, Alison Surdoval, Elizabeth Wallace (Business)

Information: Dolapo Raji

Law: Gabriel VanLoozen (Business), Solomon Worlds

Medicine: Casey Patnode (Engineering)

Public Health: Lauren Balotin (Environment & Sustainability), Asia Island, Allie Martin, Andrea McGowan, Kira Rib, Madeline Somers (Environment & Sustainability)

Public Policy: Annalisa Wilder (Environment & Sustainability)

About the Program

The Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at the University of Michigan (U-M), made possible by Dow, supports full-time graduate students and scholars who are committed to finding interdisciplinary, actionable, and meaningful sustainability solutions on local-to-global scales. The program prepares future sustainability leaders to make a positive difference in organizations worldwide. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are key to empowerment and the advancement of sustainability knowledge, learning, and leadership. See the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program.

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