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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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