May 11, 2004

Contact: Sharon Graham, Self fellow program, (785) 864-7249.

KU announces 6 Self graduate fellows

LAWRENCE -- The provost's office at the University of Kansas has announced six new recipients of Self graduate fellowships.

Self graduate fellowships are four-year awards that cover full tuition and fees, provide a $22,000 annual stipend and include a development program for doctoral students. Self fellows have the opportunity to develop skills in communication, management and leadership and to increase their knowledge of the major issues of their time. A capstone of the development program is an intensive public policy seminar in Washington, D.C.

The program's mission is to identify and recruit exceptional Ph.D. students who demonstrate the promise to make significant contributions to their fields of study and society as a whole.

Madison "Al" and Lila Self of Hinsdale, Ill., created the Self Fellowship Fund in 1989, with the first fellows being named in 1991. Since then, 50 fellows have benefited from the program. Madison Self is a 1943 KU graduate in chemical engineering. Lila Self is a native of Eudora and attended KU with the class of 1943.

Briefly, the six new Self fellows are (hometown information is included when available):

From Fort Scott
Chadd Clary will begin work this fall on his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from KU and is working on a master's degree. Clary is involved with KU's biomechanics program and has been involved in research on orthopedic biomechanics. At KU he has received the Phillips Petroleum scholarship, the Wesley G. Cramer Scholar Award and the Zimmerman graduate fellowship. He is the son of Ken and Shawnee Clary, Fort Scott, and he attended Fort Scott High School.

From Lawrence
Joseph Soltys will begin work on his Ph.D. this fall in mechanical engineering. He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He will complete his master's degree in mechanical engineering at KU this spring with an emphasis in biomechanics. Soltys has received the Rensselaer medal for science. He is a member of the American Society for Biomechanical Engineers and the Biomedical Engineering Society, and he was appointed as a KU student liaison to the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars. He is the son of John and Jolly Soltys of Camillus, N.Y., and is a Bishop Ludden High School, Syracuse, N.Y., graduate.

From Columbia
Megan Williams Johnson is in the first year of work toward a Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary program in biomedical sciences at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. She is a 2002 graduate of Truman State University in Missouri, where she made the dean's list every semester. Johnson received her bachelor's degree in biology and minored in psychology, Spanish and English. In addition to her academic achievements, Johnson was an outstanding athlete at Truman and was a Division II All-American in track and field. She is the daughter of Michael and Debby Williams of Columbia, Mo. She is a Hickman High School graduate.

Quinn Long will begin work this fall on his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology with an emphasis on grassland restoration. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in biology. Long received several scholarships at MU. Long is a Wilderness First Responder (trained to respond to emergencies in remote settings) and a member of the Society for Ecological Restoration.

From Poplar Bluff
Christopher Taylor will begin the Ph.D. program in electrical engineering and computer science at KU next fall. He received his bachelor's degree in computer science from Southwest Missouri State and will receive his master's degree in computer science from KU this summer. Taylor has received the Paul F. Huebner Award for teaching at KU. His research interests include machine learning and data mining techniques in bioinformatics. He is the son of Mike and Rhonda Taylor, Poplar Bluff, Mo. He is a graduate of Poplar Bluff High School.

From Burnsville
Robert Berendt will begin work this fall on his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical chemistry. He will graduate in May with bachelor's degree in pharmaceutical science from Drake University in Iowa. At Drake, Berendt has been on the dean's list and president's list and has received the Presidential Scholarship as well as the Coppock Award, given to an outstanding student for productivity and strong interest in undergraduate research. He is the son of Kurt and Mary Jo Berendt of Burnsville, Minn. He is a graduate of Burnsville Senior High School.


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