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May 18, 2006
Contact: Mary Jane Dunlap, University Relations, (785) 864-8853.

Students from KU, Haskell win National Science Foundation fellowships

LAWRENCE — The National Science Foundation has awarded four fellowships to University of Kansas graduates for graduate study at other universities. A fifth fellowship went to a Haskell Indian Nations University graduate who will study at KU in the fall.

Regarded as one of the premier graduate awards in the sciences, the fellowships provide up to $122,500 for three years of graduate study.

KU’s fellowship winners are:
— Ethan A. Fosse, 2004 graduate from Manhattan, for his research in sociology at Harvard University
— Shawn W. Henderson, spring 2006 graduate from Wichita, to study particle physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
— Theresa A. LaFollette, 2005 graduate from Olathe, to study chemical engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University
— Lauren M. Ronsse, spring 2006 graduate from Marquette, to study architectural engineering the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Yana R. Reid, Haskell graduate, will study fish and wildlife at KU in the fall.

The National Science Foundation graduate education division in Arlington, Va., announced 907 fellows for the 2006-07 academic year selected from more than 8,160 applicants. The fellowships provide a stipend of $30,000 and an education allowance of $10,500 paid to the fellow’s institution for tuition and fees per year for three years of graduate study. In addition, fellows are entitled to a one-time international travel award of $1,000 to conduct research.

National Science Foundation fellowships are intended for individuals in the early stages of graduate study. Fellows must be working on research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, behavioral or social sciences; engineering; the history of science; or the philosophy of science; or research-based doctoral degrees in science education.

All fellows and honorable mention candidates are listed at

The new fellows with bachelor’s degrees from KU and their hometown addresses are:

From Manhattan
Ethan Andrew Fosse, graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He is the son of Margretta Fosse and a graduate of Manhattan High School. Robert Antonio, professor of sociology, advised Fosse’s summer 2003 undergraduate research grant project “Towards Legal ACCESS: A Comprehensive Assessment of the Civil Legal Needs of Poor and Disadvantaged Kansans.” Fosse was a 2004-05 Harley S. Nelson Family Scholarship recipient.

From Wichita
Shawn W. Henderson will graduate May 21 with degrees in physics and mathematics. He is the son of Wesley and Marilyn Henderson and a Wichita High School East graduate. Henderson was a National Merit Scholar and a 2005 Goldwater scholar. At KU, Henderson received two undergraduate research grants in physics. He received an REU award (Research Experiences for Undergraduates program of the National Science Foundation) for summer study at Cornell.

From Olathe
Theresa A. LaFollette, a 2005 graduate in chemical engineering, is the daughter of Rodney and Ann LaFollette and a graduate of Olathe North High School. LaFollette received the 2005 Sammie and Carl Locke Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior in the School of Engineering and was an Elizabeth M. Watkins-Berger Scholar at KU. Her research advisers included Malonne Davies, adjunct research associate at the Higuchi Biosciences Center, and Marylee Southard, associate professor of chemical and petroleum engineering.

From Marquette
Lauren M. Ronsse will graduate May 21 in architectural engineering. She is the daughter of Peter and Gae Ronsse and a graduate of McPherson High School. Ronsse received a J. Michael Young undergraduate research award in summer 2005. Bob Coffeen, lecturer in architecture, was her adviser for her study of “Speech Intelligibility in Lecture Halls.” Ronsse earned Curtis Besinger and Walter S. Freeburg Engineering scholarships while at KU.


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