Lori Krider to receive UMN's Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

June 2, 2016

Growing up, allergies prevented Lori Krider ('10 BS, '12 MS) from achieving her initial goal of becoming a veterinarian. Not being able to work as close to animals as she'd like "Led to work in environmental studies and realizing how important water is to life and habitat," shared Krider. "My varied degrees give me the ability to think in systems, how all components work together, following designs presented by the natural environment." 

Recently the University of Minnesota announced Krider as a recipient of the Doctorial Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) gives the University's most accomplished PhD candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize and write a dissertation during the fellowship year.BBSEM Student Lori Krider

Now a student in the Bioproducts and Biosystems Science, Engineering and Management graduate degree program, Krider is hard at work in her studies and research. "Over the next year, I plan to conduct a novel type of bioreactor experiment in the lab to test the denitrification capabilities of a mixed media treatment system for excess nutrients (i.e. agricultural fertilizers) in water. I will begin writing my dissertation beginning early next year," said Krider when asked about her academics for 2016-2017. She adds, "The DDF, along with my previously awarded Bill Wilcke Fellowship, will have provided the majority of the funding for my PhD program. I am extremely grateful for both awards!"

Adding achievement to her award, Krider is the first in her family with college experience: "Receiving the DDF is very validating - being the only one in my immediate family to go to college made getting a higher education a challenging experience, let alone continuing on to get a PhD. It affirms that I have been going down the right path for myself." 

For more information on the Doctorial Dissertation Fellowship, visit The Graduate School's website