PhD Student Varada Shevade Awarded Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship
Department of Geographical Sciences doctoral candidate Varada Shevade was recently named as a UMD Graduate School Summer Research Fellow for 2013. Varada studies the spatial patterns of vegetation diversity in the arid and semi-arid southwestern United States at the regional scale. She is interested in studying how environmental variables and disturbances, such as grazing, impact vegetation communities and diversity in this region. The Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship will assist in the preliminary analysis towards developing her dissertation.
This year, the Graduate School piloted a program of Graduate Dean's one-year dissertation fellowships in addition to the one-semester Wylie fellowships. Eleven Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowships were awarded, each carrying a 12-month stipend of $25,000, plus candidacy tuition remission and health insurance for the fellowship holder. The 11 fellows for AY 2013-14 represent 5 colleges and 11 programs.