Past McKnight Doctoral and Dissertation Fellows

The McKnight Fellowship Program is a state-wide program administered through the Florida Education Fund (FEF). The program is designed to address the under-representation of African American and Hispanic faculty at colleges and universities in the state of Florida by increasing the pool of citizens qualified with Ph.D. degrees to teach at the college and university level. As a by-product, it is expected that employment opportunities in industry will also be expanded. The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship provides up to five years of funding support for newly enrolled African American and Hispanic graduate students who intend to seek a Ph.D. degree. The McKnight Dissertation Fellowship provides up to one year of stipend support to graduate students working to complete dissertations.

This page contains a list of recent past Fellows. Current fellows can be found here.

*Those marked with an asterisk are McKnight Dissertation Fellows.


2019-2020

Alexandria Meyer

Alexandria Meyer

Psychology
"I want to contribute to science."

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Benjamin Gardner

Benjamin Gardner

Marketing
"Go and climb the mountain people."

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Cynthia Norris

Cynthia Norris

Developmental Psychology
Developing research children's lives."

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Francesca Otero Vargas

Francesca Otero Vargas

Marriage & Family Therapy
"I am worth it. Endless possibilities."

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James Hernandez

James Hernandez

Educational Psychology & Learning Systems
"Freedom to boundlessly serve students."

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Melissa Clairjeune

Melissa Clairjeune

English
"Here by hard work and faith."

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O'Juan Edwards

O'Juan Edwards

Higher Education
"Higher education can change the world."

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2019-2020 Dissertation Fellows

  • Jesse Ford, Higher Education (Education)
  • Ryan Aguirre, Music Education (Music)
  • Shanice Jones, Social Science & Public Policy (Urban & Regional Planning)

2018-2019

Dionne Wilson

Dionne Wilson

Curriculum & Instruction
"This is a pivotal stepping stone."

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Herman Autore

Herman Autore

Statistics
"Just one more line of code."

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James Brown

James Brown

Neuroscience/Psychology
"I hope to pay it forward."

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Nella Delva

Nella Delva

Biomedical Sciences
"Transform my passion into a tool."

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Valeria Rigobon

Valeria Rigobon

Developmental Psychology
"Committed to enhancing my scholarly abilities."

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Estee Hernandez

Estee Hernandez*

Higher Education
"Answer to my immigrant family’s prayers."

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2017-2018

Nataly Abrams

Nataly Abrams

Neuroscience
"Knowledge revolutionizes my world and other's."

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Adriane Jackson

Adriane Jackson

Higher Education
"I am my daughter's role model."

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Latoya Leary

Latoya Leary

Religion
"The intrigue of unearthing silenced voices."

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Brandon Mendez

Brandon Mendez

Finance
"Finally pursuing my desired career field."

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Dustin Pearson

Dustin Pearson

Creative Writing
"To open the doors that wouldn't."

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Andrea Tillet

Andrea Tillet

Accounting
"Be passionately curious about your environment."

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Dissertation Fellows

  • Genevieve Bell, Neuroscience (Arts and Sciences)
  • Pablo Correa , School of Communication (Communication and Information)
  • Reginald Harris, Management (Business)
  • Joel Mendez, Urban and Regional Planning (Social Sciences and Public Policy)
  • Lakeisha Norton, School of Teacher Education (Education)
  • Cocoa Williams, English (Arts and Sciences)

2016-2017

Terence Fisher

Terence Fisher

Physics
"To push beyond what is known."

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Eduardo Fuste

Eduardo Fuste

Accounting
"Sow a seed, cultivate its growth."

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Erin Harrell

Erin Harrell

Psychology
"Empowering self. Inspiring Hope. Awakening dreams."

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Jorge Hernandez

Jorge Hernandez

Criminology
"I keep telling myself I'm good."

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Lawrence Jackson

Lawrence Jackson

Family and Child Sciences
"You must inspire before you expire."

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Danielle Krusemark

Danielle Krusemark

Psychology
"Make the world a little better."

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Malcolm McCray

Malcolm McCray

Chemistry
"I just want to learn more."

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Ivanna Pengelley

Ivanna Pengelley

Science Education
"Supporting others supports us in turn."

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Jackson Powell

Jackson Powell

Biology
"Become the role model I lacked."

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Luis Saucedo

Luis Saucedo

Chemistry
"To be the best in nanoscience."

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Dissertation Fellows

  • Ashley Carter, Nutrition & Food Science (Human Sciences)
  • Yolanda Franklin, English (Arts & Sciences)
  • Jordyn Rosario, Criminology (Criminology and Criminal Justice)
  • Jenay Sermon, Higher Education (Education)

2015-2016

  • Caroline Bailey, Criminology (Criminology and Criminal Justice)
  • Danisha Baker*, Statistics (Arts & Sciences)
  • Kaleena Burkes*, Criminology (Criminology and Criminal Justice)
  • Pierce Dignam, Sociology (Social Sciences & Public Policy)
  • Kevin Elliot*, Psychology (Arts & Sciences)
  • Vladimir Geneus*, Statistics (Arts & Sciences)
  • Diane Lawong, Business Administration (Business)
  • Clausell Mathis, School of Teacher Education (Education)
  • Dunwoody Mirvil, Music (Music)

2014-2015

  • Inger Daniels, Finance (Business)
  • Kidane Dashew, Neuroscience (Arts & Sciences)
  • Joshua Degraff, Industrial Engineering (Engineering)
  • Gary Gramajo, Statistics (Arts & Sciences)
  • Felicia Griffin, Statistics (Arts & Sciences)
  • Sherelle Harmon, Clinical Psychology (Arts & Sciences)
  • Amber Kinsey*, Nutrition, Food & Exercise Sciences (Human Sciences)
  • Sherrina Lofton, Sport Management (Education)
  • Heather Maranges, Social Psychology (Arts & Sciences)
  • Jessica Martinez*, Biological Sciences (Arts & Sciences)
  • Alyssa Rose, Chemistry (Arts & Sciences)
  • Caroline Silva*, Psychology (Arts & Sciences)
  • Connie Tenorio, Biomedical Sciences (College of Medicine)
  • Lenzi Williams*, Chemistry (Arts & Sciences)

2013-2014

  • Lyonna Alcantara, Neuroscience (Arts & Sciences)
  • Jeffrey Anderson, Marketing (Business)
  • Miltonette Craig, Criminology (Criminology and Criminal Justice)
  • Eve Humphrey, Biology (Arts & Sciences)
  • Rasheda Haughbrook, Psychology (Arts & Sciences)
  • Joaquin Vaca, Mechanical Engineering (Engineering)

2012-2013

  • Sidney Anderson, Marketing (Business)
  • Yonatan Binyam, Religion (Arts & Sciences)
  • Nefertiti Gaudig-Puplampu, Educational Psychology and Learning Systems (Education)
  • Esther Spencer, English (Arts & Sciences)
  • Tamara Stephens, Criminology (Criminology and Criminal Justice)

2011-2012

  • Nathalia Borden, Political Science (Social Sciences & Public Policy)
  • Jesus Chavarria, Psychology (Arts & Sciences)
  • Marcus Elam, Nutrition & Food Science (Human Sciences)
  • Janelle Jennings-Alexander, English (Arts & Sciences)
  • Timothy Jones, Finance (Business)
  • Ashley Sanders, Mathematics (Arts & Sciences)
  • Sharde Smith, Family & Child Sciences (Human Sciences)
  • Maydalis Torres, Mathematics (Arts & Sciences)
  • Ira Wheaton, Industrial Engineering (Engineering)

2010-2011

  • David Grasso, Askew School of Public Administration (Social Sciences & Public Policy)
  • Cresean Hughes, Criminology (Criminology and Criminal Justice)
  • Brandon Reese, Mechanical Engineering (Engineering)
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