Eight College of Education Students Among Newest McKnight Doctoral and Dissertation Fellows

This past November, eight College of Education graduate students were honored at the 37th McKnight Annual Fellows Meeting in Tampa for having received the McKnight Doctoral or Dissertation Fellowship.

The 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 cohorts attended alongside the recent graduates, who were honored during a jacketing ceremony.

The two fellowships have key distinctions in their award sums:

  • The Doctoral Fellowship provides $17,000 per year in tuition, fees and stipends for up to five years.
  • The Dissertation Fellowship Program provides up to one year of support with a stipend of up to $12,000.

Two College of Education students were awarded the McKnight Dissertation Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year:


Kasper headshotVictor Kásper, Curriculum and Instruction: Science Education

Kásper's research aims to support the development of culturally responsive STEM teachers as the student population becomes more diverse. 




Brewster headshotBrittany Brewster, Higher Education

Brewster’s research centers on the experiences of Black women doctoral scholars exploring the role of scholarly identity within their academic journeys, highlighting the negotiations Black women doctoral students make in support of their well-being as scholars.




Two College of Education students were awarded the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year:


Young headshotKeturah Young, Education Policy and Evaluation

Young’s research focuses on the Black student experience. Her work aims to spotlight these experiences to create a more equitable, comfortable and safe environment for these students.




Gabriela headshotGabriela Caviedes, Sport Psychology

Caviedes is interested in equipping athletes with psychological skills that promote personal well-being and limit the negative effects of stress and pressure on performance outcomes.




One College of Education student and one alumnus were awarded the McKnight Dissertation Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year:


lemont headshotLamont Williams, Sport Management

A recent graduate, Williams' research interests include sport law, social justice, activism and intercollegiate athletics.




rochon headshotRoc Rochon, Sport Management

Rochon’s research focuses on the political economies of sport and the active body as a site of refusal to coloniality and commercialized sport.




Two College of Education students were awarded the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year:


Camille lewisCamille Lewis, Learning and Cognition

Lewis' research focuses on the impact of cultural worldview on school curriculum and assessments.




labissiere headshotSheila Labissiere, Educational Leadership and Policy

Labissiere is interested in research and advocacy work crucial to the pursuit of social equity within the public education system.




Recipients of the McKnight Fellowships are invited to attend conferences, institutes and workshops throughout the year that inform, train, and connect the Fellows at various institutions throughout Florida.

Congratulations to our talented recipients!