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2024 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

Phi Kappa Phi is proud to present the 2024 Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship recipients. Each doctoral candidate received an award of $10,000.

katherine ashley

Katherine Ashley

University of Maine

Ashley is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maine. Her research explores crop management impacts on soil health in Maine potato production.


Trevor Auldridge

University of California, Santa Barbara

Auldridge is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, completing a Ph.D. in sociology.

james barnesJames Barnes

The University of Virginia

Barnes is a Ph.D. candidate in the Constructed Environment Program at the University of Virginia where he investigates human engagement with biodiversity through architectural provocation.

shannon barryShannon Barry

Florida Institute of Technology

Barry is a Ph.D. candidate at Florida Institute of Technology in the Shark Conservation Lab. Her research focuses on how climate change can impact the habitat use and genetic diversity of a large marine predator, the bull shark.

laura biagiLaura Biagi

Florida State University

Biagi is a doctoral candidate studying creative writing at Florida State University.

Cuerrier-Richer_ElisabethElisabeth Cuerrier-Richer

Texas State University

Cuerrier-Richer is a Ph.D. candidate in applied anthropology at Texas State University, specializing in forensic anthropology..

dhanda sachin

Sachin Dhanda   

Kansas State University

Dhanda is a Ph.D. candidate at Kansas State University. His research primarily focuses on understanding the geographical distribution of multiple herbicide-resistant kochia and developing integrated strategies for its management in no-till dryland production systems in the Central Great Plains.

shelby garzaShelby Garza

Texas State University

Garza is a Ph.D. candidate at Texas State University. Her research interests include skeletal biology, osteology, and forensic anthropology.

quanda johnsonQuanda Johnson

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Johnson is currently a Ph.D. candidate in interdisciplinary theatre studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

jisoo kimJisoo Kim

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kim is a doctoral candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research centers on how media environments influence social democracy with particular attention to public perception and polarization.

melanie lorenzMelanie Lorenz 

Marquette University

Lorenz is currently a Ph.D. candidate in history at Marquette University. Her research interests include immigration history, women’s history, and the history of medicine.

conor mccabeConor McCabe

University of California, Davis

McCabe is a Ph.D. candidate in animal biology at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on various technologies that can be implemented to reduce the climate footprint of beef and dairy production.

mccormickMelisa McCormick

University of Southern Maine

McCormick is a doctoral candidate in public policy with a concentration in educational leadership and policy at the University of Southern Maine. 1

alexander schmidAlexander Schmid

Louisiana State University

Schmid is a doctoral candidate at Louisiana State University, completing a Ph.D in comparative literature.

chase spearsCharles Spears

Kansas State University

Spears is a doctoral candidate at Kansas State University, completing a Ph.D. in leadership communication. His research explores how institutional narratives and organizational norms impact the civic agency of military members.

Named Dissertation Fellowships

Below is the description of the Society's named Dissertation Fellowship and the contributors who made it possible:

1-Missy Hopper Dissertation Fellowship- The Missy Hopper Dissertation Fellowship was established by the Phi Kappa Phi Board of Directors in 2022 to recognize former Society president Dr. Hopper’s many years of outstanding service, devotion, and commitment to the Society. The fellowship will be awarded annually to a successful candidate whose research is in education. Should there not be a recipient in education, the fellowship will be awarded to a top-scoring candidate in a similar field.