Arthur W. Sampson Fellowship
About the Arthur W. Sampson Fellowship
Arthur William Sampson is considered the “Father of Range Management.” He established the Arthur W. Sampson Fellowship Fund in 1947 in the University of Nebraska Foundation to award fellowships to support graduate students with a special interest in pasture and/or range management in the state of Nebraska. This year, funding is available for several fellowships for graduate students for one year (July 1 through June 30) in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, School of Biological Sciences and the School of Natural Resources or working with faculty from those units conducting research in Nebraska pasture and/or range management, including applied research (e.g. grazing management) and more basic research (e.g. nutrient dynamics) questions.
- A full-time student regularly enrolled in or admitted to the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska who is seeking an advanced degree (MS, MAS, or PhD) in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, School of Biological Sciences or the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
- Students currently on either a research or teaching assistantship are eligible.
- The student must have specific research interest that focuses on Nebraska rangeland and pasture ecology and management.
- The student must have high potential for research accomplishments in their chosen thesis, degree project or dissertation topic.
- Previous recipients of Arthur W. Sampson funding are eligible and considered along with all other applicants.
Selection Criteria and Submission of Application
The Arthur William Sampson Fellowship Award Committee is comprised of the Head, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture; Director, School of Biological Sciences; Director, School of Natural Resources; and Director, Center for Grassland Studies. The Award Committee will make the final selections. Detailed selection criteria can be found in the application form below. The online application deadline is on or before the end of business on March 15, with award notification taking place in April.
Current Arthur W. Sampson Fellows
- Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences
- Project: Stakeholder-driven approaches to rangeland management and decision-making in the Nebraska Sandhills
- Advisor: Craig Allen
- Doctoral Candidate in Natural Resource Sciences, Applied Ecology Specialization
- Project: Functional Response to Drought and Management: Plant Community Dynamics within Nebraska’s Working Grasslands
- Advisor: Craig Allen
- Master of Natural Resource Sciences
- Project: Early warning regime shift detection through monitoring them in Halsey Nebraska National Forest
- Advisor: Daniel Uden
|Year||Name||Degree||Advisor(s)||A.W. Sampson Project||Thesis/Dissertation||Other Outputs|
|2020||Alison Ludwig||Master's Degree in Agronomy and Horticulture with a minor in Natural Resource Sciences||Dirac Twidwell, Craig Allen||The Endangered American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) in the Loess Canyons of Nebraska: Habitat Characteristics, Multi-scale Regime Shifts, and Ecological Resilience||Alternative Stable State Theory and Regime Shifts|
|2020||Travis Millikan||Master's Degree in Agronomy and Horticulture with a specialization in Range and Forage||Mitch Stephenson||Influence of Grazing Management on Rangeland Plant Communities in the Nebraska Sandhills||Influence of Grazing Management on Rangeland Plant Communities in the Nebraska Sandhills|
|2020||Selby Boerman||Master's Degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Cow-Calf Production and Grazing Behavior||Mitch Stephenson, Travis Mulliniks||The Impact of Milk Production on Behavioral and Grazing Factors Affecting Calf Performance|
|2020||Dillon Fogarty||Doctorate of Philosophy in Agronomy and Horticulture with a specialization in Applied Ecology||Dirac Twidwell||Impacts and Management of Woody Plant Encroachment|
|2019||Anastasios Mazis||Doctorate in Natural Resource Sciences, Applied Ecology Specialization||Tala Awada||Development of Novel Plant Fluorescence Based Techniques for Remote Assessment of Grasslands and Pastures Health and Resilience||
|2019||Danielle Berger||Master’s in Natural Resource Sciences, Applied Ecology Specialization||Larkin Powell; John Carroll||Nebraska Prairie Grouse in Decline: Is Loss of Habitat Responsible?||Prairie Grouse Population Trends and their Historical Drivers in the Nebraska Sandhills|
|2019||Dillon Fogarty||Doctorate in Agronomy & Horticulture, Applied Ecology Specialization||Dirac Twidwell||Impacts and Management of Eastern Redcedar Invasions in the Great Plains||CGS Podcast: Sustaining Nebraska's Grasslands|
|2019||Ethan Freese||Master’s of Applied Science, Science Communication Specialization||Mark Balschweid||Science Education in the Prairie Corridor on Haines Branch||Special Project: A Year in the Prairie Corridor||CGS Podcast: A Watershed in Motion|
|2019||Tara Harms||Master’s in Agronomy & Horticulture, Range & Forage Science Specialization||Mitchell Stephenson; Jerry Volesky||Use of Early-season Fire to Remove Excess Biomass from Sub-irrigated Meadows/Effect of Grazing in the Fall and Winter on Hayed Regrowth of Sub-irrigated Meadows||Influence of burning and grazing management practices on subirrigated Sandhill meadow hay production||Spring Meadow Management Practices: What’s a Rancher to do?|
|2019||Elizabeth (Widder) Christenson||Master’s in Agronomy & Horticulture, Range & Forage Sciences Specialization||Daren Redfearn; Rob Mitchell||Enhancing Current Research by Grazing Cool-season Annual Cover Crops||Evaluating Opportunities for Integrated Crop Livestock Systems in Eastern Nebraska|
|2019||Elnazsadat Hosseiniaghdam||Doctorate in Agronomy & Horticulture, Soil & Water Sciences Specialization||Haishun Yang; Martha Mamo||Modeling the Spatial and Temporal Variation of Soil Carbon and Nutrient under Different Stocking Density in Nebraska Sandhills||Quantifying the Combined Effect of Abiotic Factors on the Decomposition of Organic Matter in Semiarid Grassland Soils||CGS Podcast: Evaluating Soil Responses to Mob Grazing System on Sandhills Sub-irrigated Meadow|
|2018||Martina La Vallie||Master’s in Agronomy & Horticulture, Range & Forage Sciences Specialization||John Guretzky; Walter Schacht||Establishment of Perennial Legumes with Sorghum-Sudangrass as a Companion Crop||Establishment of Perennial Legumes with an Annual Warm-Season as a Companion Crop|
|2018||Laura Rubeck||Master’s in Agronomy & Horticulture, Range & Forage Sciences Specialization||Walter Schacht||Travel for Presentation of Research Results Determining the Effects of Flash Grazing on the Microbial and Physiochemical Aspects of Water Quality within Riparian Stream||Special Project: Effects of management-intensive grazing on streambed water quality||The Effects of Flash Grazing on Water Quality in a Riparian Stream|
|2018||Aaron Shropshire||Master’s Degree in Agronomy & Horticulture, Range & Forage Sciences Specialization||Walter Schacht; Jerry Volesky||The Effect of Ultrahigh Stocking Density Grazing on Nebraska Sandhills Meadow||Grazing Strategy Effects on Utilization, Animal Performance, Aboveground Production, Species Composition, and Soil Properties on Nebraska Sandhills Meadow||Evaluating Methods of Estimating Forage Intake by Grazing Cattle|
|2018||Elizabeth (Widder) Christenson||Master’s in Agronomy & Horticulture, Range & Forage Sciences Specialization||Daren Redfearn; Rob Mitchell||Enhancing Current Research by Grazing Cool-season Annual Cover Crops||Evaluating Opportunities for Integrated Crop Livestock Systems in Eastern Nebraska|
|2017||Amanda (Sanford) Shine||Master’s in Agronomy & Horticulture, Range & Forage Sciences Specialization||Martha Mamo; Jerry Volesky||Macro-scale Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Nutrient Pulses in Relation to Grazing Strategies||Use of UAV Imagery and Nutrient Analyses for Estimation of the Spatial and Temporal Contributions of Cattle Dung to Nutrient Cycling in Grazed Ecosystems|
|2016||Lucia Corral Hurtado||Doctorate in Natural Resource Sciences, Applied Ecology Specialization||Joseph Fontaine||The Nebraska Canid Project: Canid Community Distribution & the Potential Impacts of Development in Western Nebraska||Spatial and Temporal Structure of a Canid Community in Nebraska|
|2015||Kayla Tarr||Impacts of Drought Timing on Response of Grassland Plant Communities|
|2014||Kayla Tarr||Demonstrating Grazing Land Resilience to Drought in the Central and Northern Great Plains|
|2010||Kathy (Roccaforte) Denning||Master’s in Biological Sciences/Ecology, Evolution & Behavior||Sabrina E. Russo, Diana Pilson||Evaluating Mechanisms of Reproductive Isolation between Erythronium albidum (Liliaccae) and Its Rare Congener E. mesochoreum Ecology & Evolutionary Biology||Assessing Patterns of Hybridization and Multiple Mechanisms of Reproductive Isolation between Erythronium Albidum and Its Congener E. Mesochoreum|
|2009||Swapna Purandare||Doctorate in Philosophy/Ecology, Evolution & Behavior||Brigitte Tenhumberg, Jennifer Brisson||Information Value of Sensory Cues in Foraging Behavior of Ladybird Beetle Larvae Hippodamia convergens (Oleoptera: Coccinellidae)||Investigations into sensory ecology and gene evolution of the pea aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum)|
|2008||Matthew Giovanni||Doctorate in Agronomy/Applied Ecology||Larkin Powell, Walter Schacht||Vegetation Structure & Grassland Bird Relationships in the Nebraska Sandhills||Demographics and habitat selection for the western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) in the Nebraska sandhills|
|2007||Neal Bryan||Impacts of Increasing Tree Density on Grassland Parameters in the Nebraska Sandhills Grad/PostDoc Development|
|2006||Neal Bryan||Impacts of Tree Density Increase on Grassland in the Nebraska Sandhills Grad/PostDoc Development|
|2005||James O. Eckberg||Master’s in Biological Sciences/Ecology, Evolution & Behavior||Local & Regional Spatial Dynamics of Insect Herbivores in the Invasiveness of Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) in Nebraska Pastures & Range Soil Water & Climate||Native insect herbivory on invasion dynamics of Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)|
|2004||John Marquardt||Role of Interseeded Legumes in Soil Carbon, Soil Nitrogen, and Herbage Production in Pastureland|
|2003||Bryce Bauer||Master’s in Agronomy/Range Forage Science||Yield & Forage Quality of Cool and Warm-season Plant Communities on Wet Meadows|
|2001||Justin Morris||Master’s in Agronomy/Range Forage Science||Synergistic Effects of Drought and Defoliation on Fragile Grasslands||Water-stress by Defoliation Effects on Two Warm-season Grasses in the Nebraska Sandhills|
|2000||Eric Mousel||Doctorate in Agronomy/Range Forage Science||Walter Schacht, Patrick Reece||Summer Grazing Strategies Following Early-Season Grazing of Big Bluestem||
|1999||Mark Schroeder||Effect of Restored Hydrologic Conditions and Applied Perturbation Treatments to Plant Communities within a Degraded Sand Hills|
|1998||Christopher Nordstrom Griffiths|
|1997||Daniel Beran||Doctorate in Agronomy/Philosophy||Robert Masters, Roch Gaussoin||Native Grass & Legume Establishment for Rangeland Improvement & Restoration||Grassland improvement strategies with imidazolinone herbicides|
|1996||Daniel Beran||Native Forb Establishment for Rangeland & Pasture Improvement & Restoration|
|1995||John Brejda||Doctorate in Agronomy/Philosophy/Range Forage Science||Lowell Moser, Ken Vogel||Enhancing Switchgrass Establishment & Production using Vesicular Arbuscular Mycorrhiza & Diazotrophic Bacteria||Evaluation of arbuscular mycorrhiza populations for enhancing switchgrass yield and nutrient uptake|
|1994||John Ortmann||Doctorate in Agronomy/Philosophy||Walter Schacht||Ruminant digestive influences on germination and establishment of prairie plants|