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The Madeline Fusco Fellowship

The Madeline Fusco Fellowship is made possible through an endowment established by Dr. Madeline Fusco, a former faculty member in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. The fellowship is intended to assist women or minority graduate students who have advanced to candidacy but who need financial assistance to complete their dissertations.

One award, in the amount of $5,000, will be granted.

Departments and programs with graduate students at the dissertation stage may nominate one (1) candidate. Each nomination must be endorsed by the student's Graduate Program Director (GPD).

Submit a Nomination

The Google Form link above includes entry fields/document upload sections for the following:

  • A letter of nomination detailing evidence of financial need. 
  • GPD Endorsement checkbox 
  • Financial Need Requirement checkbox
  • A short summary of the nominee's status as a graduate student: date of admission, year of study, date of advancement to candidacy, and the expected date of completion of the doctoral degree.
  • Dissertation abstract, or similar summary of the project. This should be geared toward a general audience and should not exceed two (2) pages.
  • 2-3 faculty letters of support
  • The student's C.V.


Past Recipients

2022: Allison Rugila, Ecology & Evolution
2021: Stephanie Bonvissuto, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
2020: Ji Yea Kim, Linguistics
2019: Katharine Thompson, Anthropological Sciences
2018: Xiaofei Li, Biomedical Engineering
2017: Paola Cepeda, Linguistics
2016: Heidi Rademacher, Sociology
2015: Gena Sbeglia, Ecology & Evolution
2014: Bethany Coston, Sociology
2013: April Johnson, Political Sciences
2012: Roberta Salmi, Anthropological Sciences
2011: Andrea Baden, Anthropological Sciences
2010: Rachel Walsh, English
2009: Tara Duffy, Marine and Atmospheric Science
2008: Amy Traver, Sociology
2007: Eliza Woo, Ecology & Evolution
2006: Etsuko Maruoka, Sociology; Sarah Marchesano, History