The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 06, 1998, Page 6, Image 6

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Many fellowships offered
to aid women, minorities
By Kim Sweet
Staff writer
Women and minority students
considering graduate school have
opportunities to get their graduate
careers off to the right start.
For graduate students, especially,
the right start includes having money
to fund their research.
Fellowships for minority students
and women are available, but students
have to start applying early to get the
coveted dollars that could fund then
research, said Barbara Brennan, fel
lowship assistant in Graduate Studies.
Applying as a senior while finish
ing up undergraduate work or during
the first or second semester of gradu
ate study is the appropriate time,
Brennan said.
One of the best fellowships that is
available to minorities is the Ford
Fellowship, said Suzanne Ortega,
associate dean of Graduate Studies.
With three fellowships targeted at
students who are either entering a doc
toral program, in the process of com
pleting it or graduated from a doctoral
program, the Ford Foundation is offer
ing money to fund students’ research
based doctoral programs.
The Ford Foundation Fellowships
offers awards ranging from $21,500 to
$37,500 for each winner.
The award is one of the best that
minority students can receive from a
private source, Ortega said.
“The Ford Foundation has one of
the largest, best-established, best-paid
programs,” she said.
Ortega said though minority stu
dents have many fellowship opportu
nities, most are given by universities.
Brennan said that the National
Science Foundation, the American
Psychological Association and the
American Political Science
Association also offer awards for
women pursuing doctoral degrees in
those fields.
The Internet is a good place to find
fellowships, Brennan said.
Two of the pages she recommends
are and
ships. Both pages contains links to dif
ferent fellowships.
The Office of Research and
Grants also can help University of
Nebraska-Lincoln students and facul
ty members win outside grants to help
with study and research, Brennan said.
The competition for awards such
as the Ford Foundation Fellowship is
tough, but Ortega said UNL students
do win them.
Because of UNL students’ success
in winning the stipends and
allowances, Graduate Studies contin
ues to push students to apply for the
fellowships, Ortega said.
“We keep trying to get our stu
dents to apply,” Ortega said. “(The fel
lowships) are really competitive, but
our students do receive them.”
Applicants for the Ford
Foundation Fellowships must be U.S.
citizens or nationals who are
American Indian, Alaskan Native,
African American, Mexican
American/Chicana/Chicano, Native
Pacific Islander or Puerto Rican.
Ford Foundation Fellowship
awards are given for doctoral pro
grams in life sciences, physical sci
ences, mathematics, engineering sci
ences, behavioral and social sciences,
education and the humanities.
The application dates run from
November to January.
Students interested in applying or
receiving more information on avail
able fellowships can contact Brennan
in Graduate Studies.
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New UNL literary journal
to offer Nebraska theme
PLAINS from page 1
“In a way, Plains Song Review is a
celebration of what it means to be
Nebraskan,” Pappas said.
Because the subject is so broad, the
writers and their manuscripts will
decide the journal’s contents.
“It is really created by the manu
scripts themselves,” Pappas said.
The idea for the journal came up
when Pappas and an advisory board of
16 members began looking for a way to
get undergraduates thinking about
Nebraska authors.
“The journal is what we thought
about because we could have a little
more student involvement,” she said.
The journal also will be a way to put
undergraduate work and professional
work side by side, she said.
Pappas said that the journal should
be well received by writers because the
only other journal on campus that is
intended for undergraduates is the
Laurus, the journal of the English
department. But that journal contains
mainly fiction and poetry, Pappas said.
The Plains Song Review will not
take away from the Laurus’ efforts at
recruiting writers.
“The more people that encourage
writing, the more writing will be done,”
Pappas said.
If the idea for the journal takes off,
Pappas hopes that the Plains Song
Review will be published biannually.
By combining the talents of stu
dents and established Nebraska
authors, the journal will take an impor
tant place in the literary community,
said Vicki Clarke, curator of the
Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors in
“It’s very important that people
write about where they are from,”
Clarke said. “With so many talented
writers, we can appreciate where we are
Student editors will select the man
uscripts that will appear in the journal.
Representing a variety of disciplines,
the editors also will choose the recipi
ent of the $200 Plains Song award for
the best student work, Pappas said.
The student editors will collaborate
with Pappas as well as the assistant edi
tor, Laura Lacy, a reference librarian at
Lincoln City Libraries.
With the amount of support the
journal is receiving, Pappas said, the
journal could be a big success. But stu
dents have to send in manuscripts first.
So far, Pappas said, about 20 manu
scripts have been submitted.
“It really has a lot of support in the
arts community,” Pappas said. “I’m
hoping that a lot of people will enter at
the last minute.”
Students interested in submitting
manuscripts to the Plains Song Review
can mail them to Christine Pappas,
Editor; Plains Song Review; 511
Oldfather Hall; University of
Nebraska-Lincoln; Lincoln, Neb
68588-0328. They are due Dec. 1.
UNL campaigns to secure
regional humanities center
HUMANITIES from page 1
Humanities will select three to five uni
versities to receive $150,000 for the
planning and development of the center
during phase two of the competition.
The expected deadline forthejifanning
proposals is in March or April 1999, he
IfUNTs planning grant is accepted,
Wunder said, the university will submit
a proposal to the national endowment
asking for UNL to be designated as the
regional host for the center.
“This is where we really must
develop the center,” Wunder said. “We
will have to show NEH why the center
should be in Nebraska and how the
: Great Plains region will benefit.”
Wunder said the deadline fpr this
proposal is expected to be in thesprttig
Rosowski said she and Wunder are
currently taking a cultural inventory of
the region, including talking to schol
ars and representatives from museums,
art galleries and state historical soci
“When people start talking, people
get excited about what might happen,”
Rosowski said. “We want to articulate
the voices of people from die Plains, as
well as listen to and bring voices in.”
She said the center would serve as a
kind of regional clearinghouse for the
Wunder said that along with gather
ing inventory, he and Rosowski are
interested in “ideas, good judgment and
expertise” of other humanists within
the university.
Rosowski and Wunder have invited
20 to 25 other humanists from the fac
ulty who are known to have interests in
the Great Plains to sit on panels that will
discuss proposal efforts.
Edwards said he appointed
Rosowski and Wunder to write die pro
posals because of their rich background
in the field of humanities.
“These two individuals are dedicat
ed to the humanities,” Edwards said.
“Not only are they predominant schol
ars on campus, their names are recog
nized nationwide.”
Rosowski said she is looking for
ward to the entire Great Plains region
benefiting from the regional center.
“If you look around, what you will
see is all generations and back
grounds,” Rosowski said. “We are a
rich region. The center would be a won
derful extension to the resources we
have available now.”
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