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Contact: Sharon Graham, Self Graduate Fellowship Program, (785) 864-7249.
Ten KU doctoral students receive Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowships
LAWRENCE — Ten doctoral students have been selected to receive the University of Kansas’ prestigious Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowships as they begin the 2007-08 academic year. There are currently 32 Self fellows at KU, including the 10 named today.
Self fellowships are four-year awards to new or first-year doctoral students that provide full tuition and fees, a $24,000 annual payment and a unique development program. The Fellow Development Program is the distinguishing feature of the Self fellowship. It provides general education and training in communication, management and leadership to assist Self fellows in preparation for future leadership roles, complementing the specialized education and training provided in doctoral programs. Fellows interact with nationally prominent experts to gain broad knowledge of public policy issues. A capstone of the development program is an intensive public policy seminar in Washington, D.C.
The fellowship’s mission is to identify and recruit exceptional doctoral 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; the first fellows were named in 1991. Since then, nearly 100 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 new Self fellows are listed below by hometown.
David F. Estrada has completed his first year of work toward a doctorate in molecular biosciences. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Kansas State University in 1999. A veteran of the war in Iraq, Estrada served in the U.S. Army after his graduation until 2006 when he ended his active duty with the rank of captain. While in the Army, he served as a platoon leader, senior intelligence adviser and most recently as an intelligence operations officer. During his final deployment to Iraq, he provided intelligence support to the major general in command to help him visualize emergent patterns in enemy activity. Estrada, a first-generation college student, has long-term goals to advance the pursuit of protein therapies as a medical researcher in private industry. He is the son of Carlos and Margarita Estrada and a graduate of Dodge City High School.
Sarah J. Pyszczynski is a new doctoral student in pharmaceutical chemistry. She received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from KU in 2001. After graduating from KU, Pyszczynski worked as a chemist for Pfizer Inc. She worked on various projects, including a site launch for a new product. As an undergraduate, her numerous honors and awards included the American Institute of Chemists Medal, Superior Achievement in Analytical Chemistry, the May Landis Mathematics Scholarship and the Watkins-Berger Scholarship. Pyszczynski hopes to combine her industry experience and doctorate to influence pharmaceutical manufacturing. She is the daughter of Dennis and Jane Pyszczynski and a graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School.
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