Virginia Horne Henry Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowships

Nominations are now being solicited for the 2020-21 Virginia Horne Henry Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship was established in 1998 by a bequest from the estate of Patrick Henry in honor of his wife, Virginia Horne Henry, a leader in the field of women’s physical education, including knowledge and appreciation of women’s movement, activity and the female body in culture. The primary purpose of the fund is to support and enhance the area of women’s engagement in physical activity.

Eligibility: The recipient must be a full-time graduate student in a doctoral program at the UW-Madison. Preference will be given to students in the School of Education. A major criterion for selection will be the potential research contribution of the candidate(s) to the area of women’s physical education, movement, activity and the female body in culture. Note: Employment of any kind through UW-Madison, including but not limited to graduate assistantships, paid internships, and other fellowships, may affect the fellowship award. There is a firm University policy of a limit of 133.33% on appointments for graduate students. These fellowships are considered to be 100% time.

Application: Nominations may be from a department, a faculty member, or the candidates themselves. There is no limit on the number of students a department may nominate. The recipients will be selected by the Virginia Horne Henry Committee, appointed by the Dean of the School of Education.

Nominations must include the following as the application for fellowship:

  1. A statement of no more than two pages by the nominee, describing her/his academic or program interests, also indicating what the candidate would hope to accomplish during the year in which the fellowship would be held.
  2. The student’s transcript and vita.
  3. Two letters of faculty support, one of which must be from the student’s major professor. The letters may be uploaded with the rest of the application materials or emailed to Applications must be received by February 3, 2020 by 4:30 p.m.

The Fellowship: The Virginia Horne Henry Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship will be an academic year award. The rate for Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowships will be $22,909. In addition, the fellowship will pay tuition and benefits​.

Application questions may be directed to Stephanie Trigsted, or 608-262-8730. Questions regarding proposal content or the awards process may be directed to Jill Barnes, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Virginia Horne Henry Committee, School of Education, or 608-262-1654.

Fellowship Application form

Distinguished Graduate Spotlight

Adam Corkery 2019-2020 Fellow

“I am a first year PhD student studying Exercise Physiology in the Department of Kinesiology. Under the guidance of my mentor, Dr. Jill Barnes, my research examines the influence of exercise on brain blood flow, with the intention of optimizing exercise interventions to prevent or delay the onset of cognitive decline and neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease. For my dissertation, I am examining the effects of single bouts of aerobic exercise on brain blood flow and blood vessel function to determine the ideal intensity and duration of exercise for brain health. Additionally, my research focuses on how variables such as biological sex and menstrual cycle phase may influence the ideal exercise prescription for brain blood flow. In the future, I plan to expand my research to include older populations, with a particular focus on post-menopausal women, as they are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.”


Daniel Schaefer 2019-2020 Fellow

Schaefer Daniel - Headshot“I am fourth year doctoral student in the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Lab studying biomechanics under Dr. David. R. Bell. Prior to coming to UW – Madison, I was the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Florida State University where I utilized GPS and other technologies to reduce injury risk, create return to play strategies, and promote optimum athletic performance. While at Florida State, I worked with many female sports and found a disparity in the performance literature between males and females. That led me to pursue my PhD and my current research interests of athlete monitoring, recommendations for appropriate training volume, and if those differ for female athletes. Currently I am investigating jump analysis with GPS performance tracking to see if we can detect early signs of fatigue. If we can identify changes early on, then we can be more proactive in providing an athlete with individualized and appropriate training volume for the day. My goal with this line of research is to arm coaches with meaningful sport volume context allowing  them to safely and effectively train their athletes. In turn, providing young female athletes the ability to peruse a longer and healthier career in physical activity and sport.”