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Scholarships & Fellowships at the Tucker Center

The Tucker Center's prestigious fellowship and scholarship awards are made possible through generous donations made by Friends of the Tucker Center to recognize and support the outstanding work of our enrolled graduate and undergraduate students. Congratulations to these deserving students.

2016-17 Award Winners


Dorothy McNeill Tucker Fellowship Fund

This Fellowship provides funding for graduate students examining issues related to gender equity within a sport and physical activity context.

image of Lauren Billing A Colorado native, Lauren Billing received her B.A. in psychology and religious studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. After completing her Master’s degree at the U of M with an emphasis in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Lauren is currently a doctoral student in the same academic area under the direction of Professor Beth Lewis. Billing also consults in mental training with local athletes, teams, and exercisers. She will use her fellowship funding for nutrition accreditation as well as travel to international conferences in order to translate her research to practice.

image of Holly Crane Holly Crane received her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Africana Studies from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Upon graduation, she became a certified personal trainer, and is currently a Master’s degree candidate in Kinesiology specializing in Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity under the direction of Professor Beth Lewis. Crane also teaches Weight Training and Conditioning and is a Teaching Assistant for History and Philosophy of Sport. Crane's research examines unrealistic media images that damage female identity in and out of the gym. She will use her award for conference travel and to fund her research on the social and psychological factors that affect the female experience in the gym, including gender-role stress and dual identity contradictions.

Edith Mueller Park & Recreation Memorial Award

Rewards participation and enthusiasm of undergraduate students pursuing a program in Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies, and encourages students to further their involvement and deepen their commitment to this discipline.

image of Harrison Kaine Harrison Kaine is a Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies and Sport Management major at the University of Minnesota. He plans on graduating in the Spring of 2018 with this double major and a minor in Leadership. Kaine grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota, a suburb about 20 minutes from the Twin Cities campus. Here he had always dreamed of being a Golden Gopher from a young age. After graduation he wants to help the park system in Minnesota develop so that every child growing up in Minnesota has the same opportunities he had when growing up. Kaine adds that "Growing up with sports always meant the world to me and I got my first chance doing that in the park system and want everyone to have that chance."

Eloise M. Jaeger Scholarship at the Tucker Center

The Eloise M. Jaeger Scholarship provides funding to support important issues related to girls' and women's involvement in sport and physical activity.

image of Anna Baeth Anna Baeth graduated from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree in Sociology/Anthropology where she also founded the not-for-profit organization, Chester Neighborhood Bike Works. Baeth earned her M.S. in Exercise and Sport Studies, with a focus on coaching collegiate women, from Smith College, and most recently was the Head Field Hockey Coach at Oberlin College and Conservatory. Currently, Baeth is a doctoral student in Sport Sociology being advised by Drs. Mary Jo Kane and Nicole M. LaVoi. She also serves as a Research Assistant in the Tucker Center. She will use her scholarship for travel to professional conferences, including the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), and to further her research on media representations of women in sport.

Edith Mueller Endowed Fund for Graduate Education in the Tucker Center

The Edie Mueller Endowed Fund for Graduate Education is used to support graduate education, including graduate assistantships, research support, and travel to research conferences.

image of Holly Crane Holly Crane received her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Africana Studies from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Upon graduation, she became a certified personal trainer, and is currently a Master’s degree candidate in Kinesiology specializing in Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity under the direction of Professor Beth Lewis. Crane also teaches Weight Training and Conditioning and is a Teaching Assistant for History and Philosophy of Sport. Crane's research examines unrealistic media images that damage female identity in and out of the gym. She will use her award for conference travel and to fund her research on the social and psychological factors that affect the female experience in the gym, including gender-role stress and dual identity contradictions.

Pam Borton Endowment for the Promotion of Girls and Women in Sport Leadership

The Pam Borton Fellowship was established in 2014 by friends and family members of Coach Borton. The mission of the Fellowship is to promote and support graduate students affiliated with the Tucker Center who examine significant issues surrounding leadership and gender within a sport context. Borton Fellows may also explore the mechanisms, role and impact of sport on leadership development among young girls and women.

image of Caroline Heffernan Caroline Heffernan is a doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis in Sport Management. Heffernan received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania where she also played field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. She served as Bryn Mawr's Assistant Field Hockey Coach while attending Temple University, where she earned a Master's Degree in Sport & Recreation Management. Heffernan is currently pursuing her Ph.D. under the supervision of Tucker Center Affiliated Scholar, Professor Lisa Kihl. her research focuses on how women and men can work as allies within sport organizations to create more opportunities for women to advance to higher leadership positions. As part of her Fellowship, Heffernan will work with Tucker Center Co-director Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi analyzing data around the women coaches report card. She will also play a key role in planning the Fall Distinguished Lecture Series which will highlight women in sport leadership positions.

2015-16 Award Winners


Edith Mueller Endowed Fund for Graduate Education in the Tucker Center

The income from the fund will be used to support graduate education, including but not limited to graduate assistantships, research support, travel to conferences, and equipment.

Lauren Billing is a Colorado native. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and religious studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Watching the Zags play basketball is one of her favorite pastimes. Lauren completed her master's at the U of M with an emphasis in sport and exercise psychology. Her thesis focused on pre-performance routines (PPRs) in volleyball serves. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student in the same emphasis under the direction of Dr. Beth Lewis, who she works with on the Healthy Mom II study. Lauren has continued her line of research on routines through the use of focus groups with beginning marathon runners. She also consults in mental training with local athletes, teams, and exercisers. She enjoys reading, hiking, golfing, travelling, antiquing, and craft projects.

Andrew White is currently a second-year doctoral student in Kinesiology in the Physical Activity and Sport Science emphasis area. After completing his Master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Windsor, he moved to Minnesota to pursue his interest in the psychology of sport and physical activity. Andrew's specific interests in this area are centered on the psychology of sport injury and interventions to reduce injury rates in sports (particularly youth sports). In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and kayaking with his wife and their dogs, golfing, playing basketball, racquetball, softball, and many other sports.

Edith Mueller Park & Recreation Memorial Award

Rewards participation and enthusiasm of undergraduate students pursuing a program in Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies, and encourages students to further their involvement and deepen their commitment to this discipline.

Laura Lee Stigen was born and raised in La Crosse, WI, and is in her first semester at the University of Minnesota. She has been working toward her degree in Recreation, Park, and Leisure studies, and loves every minute of it. After graduating with her Occupational Therapy degree, she decided that she wanted to further her education to attain her dream job. She has been volunteering in homeless shelters since high school, which has been the most rewarding experiences of her life. This led her to take a train out to Portland, Oregon to help the homeless population there. She also leads support groups and recreational activities in hopes of inspiring those around her. Unfortunately, a birth defect affected Laura in her early 20s; fortunately, she was lucky enough to have a transplant procedure here at the University of Minnesota. Now, here at the University, Laura is a Gopher, a full time art teacher, and a student chasing her dreams in hopes of becoming a Recreational Therapist in a homeless shelter.

Kayla van der Hagen is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, majoring in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure studies with minors in Outdoor Recreation and Spanish. Both she and her family are originally from Aitkin, Minnesota. Kayla is a first generation, low-income college student who was homeschooled from third to tenth grade, and finished her high school education by attending Central Lakes College as a part of a Postsecondary Educational Opportunity (PSEO) program. In her free time she takes ballroom dance classes, practices judo, and reads any book she can get her hands on. In the future, she hopes to travel to all seven continents.

Eloise M. Jaeger Scholarship at the Tucker Center

To provide scholarships within the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport.

Marnie Kinnaird began competing in cross-country and track as a high school freshman in Oak Park, IL. Her love of running inspired her to major in kinesiology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by her coursework at Occidental, she became fascinated with the psychosocial aspects of sport as well as their intersections with social justice. Subsequently, she developed interests in the transformative power of sport and sport feminism, and conducted her senior thesis on the development of mental toughness in Division III female athletes.
   Now a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, Marnie is working toward a Master's degree in sport and exercise psychology and serves as a research assistant in the Tucker Center. Advised by Tucker Center co-director Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, she plans on examining resilience in female coaches for her thesis. As the 2015 recipient of the Pam Borton Endowment for the Promotion of Girls and Women in Sport, Marnie is involved with data collection and analysis for projects related to female coach turnover and retention. She also assists with the dissemination of Tucker Center research.
   Marnie hopes to eventually complete a doctoral degree and become a university professor. When she's not in class or working at the Tucker Center, Marnie enjoys riding her bicycle, listening to National Public Radio, reading poetry, and music. Marnie, who competed for the cross-country and track teams at both Occidental and Minnesota, still runs every day.
   "The Tucker Center's work is indispensable because sport is context where sexism is still widely permitted. By elevating women in sport and sport leadership, we can make strides towards gender equality in far-reaching domains such as education and the workplace. I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity to work directly towards advancing the Tucker Center's mission, as well as for the generosity of our supporters that has made this opportunity possible."

Andrea Stark is a Doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota studying sport and exercise psychology with Dr. Maureen Weiss. Her primary interest is in the social psychological climate of dance studios and its influence on the well-being of young dancers. While attaining an undergraduate degree in exercise science and psychology and a Master's degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Utah, she spent over 13 years teaching dance. She continues to teach whenever the opportunity is given and hopes to extend her contributions to the dance community through applied research. Her current research involves a study of dance teachers' philosophies and teaching strategies and their students' perceptions of how effective teachers are in creating the climate they aim to create.

Pam Borton Endowment for the Promotion of Girls and Women in Sport Leadership

To provide financial support to a) graduate students, b) enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development, c) studying Kinesiology, d) who are doing research in conjunction with the Tucker Center related to leadership, sport and gender or research which examines the mechanisms, role and impact of sport on leadership development among girls and women.

Marnie Kinnaird began competing in cross-country and track as a high school freshman in Oak Park, IL. Her love of running inspired her to major in kinesiology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by her coursework at Occidental, she became fascinated with the psychosocial aspects of sport as well as their intersections with social justice. Subsequently, she developed interests in the transformative power of sport and sport feminism, and conducted her senior thesis on the development of mental toughness in Division III female athletes.
   Now a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, Marnie is working toward a Master's degree in sport and exercise psychology and serves as a research assistant in the Tucker Center. Advised by Tucker Center co-director Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, she plans on examining resilience in female coaches for her thesis. As the 2015 recipient of the Pam Borton Endowment for the Promotion of Girls and Women in Sport, Marnie is involved with data collection and analysis for projects related to female coach turnover and retention. She also assists with the dissemination of Tucker Center research.
   Marnie hopes to eventually complete a doctoral degree and become a university professor. When she's not in class or working at the Tucker Center, Marnie enjoys riding her bicycle, listening to National Public Radio, reading poetry, and music. Marnie, who competed for the cross-country and track teams at both Occidental and Minnesota, still runs every day.
   "The Tucker Center's work is indispensable because sport is context where sexism is still widely permitted. By elevating women in sport and sport leadership, we can make strides towards gender equality in far-reaching domains such as education and the workplace. I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity to work directly towards advancing the Tucker Center's mission, as well as for the generosity of our supporters that has made this opportunity possible."

2014-15 Award Winners


Dorothy McNeill Tucker Fellowship Fund

  • Andrew Charles White, Ph.D. student in Kinesiology: Physical Activity and Sport Science (Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, adviser)

Edith Mueller Endowed Fund for Graduate Education in the Tucker Center

  • Skylar Schulz, M.S. student in Kinesiology: Sport and Exercise Psychology (Dr. Maureen Weiss, adviser)

Edith Mueller Park & Recreation Memorial Award

  • Alyssa Marie Schmelling, B.S. student in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies (Connie Magnuson, adviser)

Eloise M. Jaeger Scholarship at the Tucker Center

  • Lauren Elizabeth Billing, Ph.D. student in Kinesiology: Sport and Exercise Psychology (Dr. Beth Lewis, adviser)

Tucker Center Graduate Fellowship for Gender Equity in Sport

  • Torrie Hazelwood, M.S. student in Kinesiology: Sport Sociology (Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi & Dr. Jo Ann Buysse, advisers)

 

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