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May 18, 2005
Contact: Sharon Graham, Self Graduate Fellowship, (785) 864-7249

KU announces 7 new Self Fellows

LAWRENCE - Seven new recipients of Self Graduate Fellowships at the University of Kansas have been announced by the Self Graduate Fellowship office.

Self Graduate Fellowships are four-year awards to new or first-year Ph.D. students that cover full tuition and fees, provide a $23,000 annual stipend, and include a unique development program. 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 held 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, 89 students 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.

The seven new Self Fellows are:

From Lawrence
Kristin Lichti is a first-year doctoral student in pharmacology and toxicology in the KU School of Pharmacy. Lichti received her bachelor's degree in biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2004. While there she received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellowship and a Wesleyan Scholar Award among others. She also served on the President's Student Advisory Council, was a New Student Orientation Leader and was president of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. She has worked as a pharmacy intern at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah.

From Hannibal
Martha Carletti is a first-year doctoral student in the interdisciplinary graduate program in biomedical sciences at the KU medical center. She is a 2003 graduate of William Jewell College in Missouri where she majored in molecular biology. At William Jewell Carletti participated in the Oxbridge Honors Program, spending her junior year at Cambridge University. She also was a Pryor Leadership Fellow and member of the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society. She has worked as laboratory assistant at both William Jewell and Hannibal LaGrange College. Carletti also completed one year of graduate work at Iowa State University. She is the daughter of David and Debbie Ziegler.

From Liberty
Lisa Agee will graduate from KU this spring with bachelor's degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in environmental engineering and begin work this fall on her Ph.D. in environmental engineering. Agee has served as secretary for the Society of Women Engineers and as treasurer for the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Additionally, she was named the KU ASCE Outstanding Senior in 2004, has worked as a research assistant and has worked as a laboratory technician for the U.S. Geological Survey. She has also been an engineering intern at both Black & Veatch and Shaffer, Kline & Warren. She was a National Merit Scholar and in 2004 received the Howard A. Stoltenberg Environmental Engineering Scholarship and the Kansas Water Environment Association Scholarship. She is the daughter of Ralph and Jan Agee.

From Springfield
Mary Krause will begin work this fall on her Ph.D. in chemistry. She will graduate this spring with a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Southwest Missouri State University and anticipates receiving her master's degree this summer. Krause has received numerous awards including: Missouri Education Academic Scholarship, SMSU Board of Governors Scholarship, the SMSU Department of Chemistry Foundation for Immunotoxicology Award and the SMSU Department of Chemistry Outstanding Inorganic Chemistry Student Award. Krause was president of the SMSU Chemistry Honors Society and the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society. At SMSU she has worked as a graduate teaching assistant and graduate research assistant. She presented a poster session of her research on baseline water quality of Jordon Creek at the national ACS meeting this spring. She is the daughter of Larry and Marie Krause and is a graduate of Kickapoo High School in Springfield.

From Butler, NJ
Diana Sperger is first-year doctoral student in pharmaceutical chemistry at KU and has received the Takeru Higuchi Fellowship in that year. She received her bachelor's degree in chemistry in 2001 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Her undergraduate awards included a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Program Fellowship. Sperger was employed with Global Research and Development in Connecticut before coming to KU. She is co-author of several paper abstracts that were presented at meetings of the American Chemical Society. She is the daughter of Tom and Charlene Sperger and is a graduate of Butler (N.J.) High School.

From Wayne
Brian Platt is working on a master's degree in geology and is a graduate teaching assistant at KU. Platt recently received the Erasmus Haworth Graduate Honors award in geology and is a recipient of the Patterson Grant for graduate study at KU. He is a 2002 graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he received his bachelor's degree in geology. At Bloomsburg Platt received several scholarships, including a University Presidential Leadership award and participated in the Presidential Leadership Program. Platt worked for a New Jersey environmental consulting firm before coming to KU. His work at KU has generated at least four presentations at national meetings and publication of those abstracts in the conference volumes of the Geological Society of America, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He is the son of Fred and Joanne Platt.

From Wauwatosa
Maria Thorson will begin work this fall on her Ph.D. in pharmaceutical chemistry. She will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Saint Louis University. Her academic awards include the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, St. Louis University Provost Scholarship, Robert C. Byrd Scholarship and National Merit Scholar. She received a summer undergraduate research fellowship at Mayo Graduate School and has presented posters of her research at the American Chemical Society national meeting. Her awards include the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry and SLU's Outstanding Junior and Senior Chemistry student awards. She served as president of the St. Louis University (SLU) Students for Life and played on the SLU NCAA Division I softball team. She is the daughter of Amy and John Thorson and is a graduate of Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee.


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