November 16, 2023

Karl Lyn - 2023 Recipient of the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

We are pleased to announce that one of our amazing PhD students, Karl Lyn, has been named a 2023 recipient of the prestigious Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Out of over 1900 applications, reviewed by panels composed of highly qualified science, engineering, social sciences, and humanities scholars from across the nation, Karl was selected as one of 90 awardees. The fellowship will provide him with an annual stipend for three years to support his academic progress and an invitation to participate in the annual Conference of Ford Fellows, a unique national conference of a select group of high-achieving scholars committed to diversifying the professoriate and using diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Additionally, Karl will access opportunities to gain professional insights and advice, speak with publishers, and network with other current and former Ford Fellows. The Ford Foundation states that Karl’s selection for this award “reflects his scholarly competence as well as the promise that he shows for future achievement as a scholar, researcher, and teacher in an institution of higher education.” Factors in Karl’s selection included evidence of superior academic achievement, promise of continuing achievement as a scholar and educator, capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds, sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy, and preparedness to use diversity as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship at the college and university level. This fellowship will allow Karl to work on his dissertation in Los Angeles, where he aims to study the evolving political ideologies and praxis of Black emerging adults in urban communities. More details about the fellowship can be found on the Ford Foundation website.  

Congratulations Karl!