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Announcing the 2020 Presidential Fellowship Winners

Dear Members of The Graduate School Community:

I am pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Presidential Fellowship.
The Presidential Fellowship is the most prestigious fellowship awarded to graduate students by Northwestern University. It is awarded annually to select graduate students who are nominated by their academic programs. A diverse committee of sixteen accomplished Northwestern faculty members from a range of disciplines and fields selected the fellowship recipients out of an impressive pool of approximately fifty nominations. 

Following a rigorous selection process, the fellows were chosen for their demonstrated record of outstanding academic achievement, promise as scholars, teachers, and researchers, and the ability to communicate the significance and impact of their research to a broad academic audience.

As Presidential Fellows, these recipients will take on a leadership role in the Society of Fellows. The fellows are from a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives and will represent their respective disciplines and the broader graduate community in gatherings and discussions throughout the year. Together, they enhance the interdisciplinary vibrancy of the University.
The 2020 Northwestern University Presidential Fellows are: 

  • Laura Jeanne Ferdinand, Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama
  • Laura Larocca, Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Sarah Lloyd, Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences Program
  • Catalina Rodríguez, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Andrew Rosen, Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Adam Silverman, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Please join me in congratulating these remarkable students on this momentous achievement.

My best!
Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD
Dean, The Graduate School and
Associate Provost for Graduate Education
Northwestern University

The Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Feinberg School of Medicine

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