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Sylvia Lane Mentorship Fund

Call for Applications

You can learn more about submitting an application for a Sylvia Lane Mentor Fellowship in the call for applications. Applications are due in early October for the following year's fellowships.

The Sylvia Lane Mentor Fellowship was established by CWAE to sponsor activities that encourage the academic and professional development of individuals (especially women) conducting economic analyses of food, agricultural or natural resource issues. The fellowship provides an opportunity for young female scholars working on food, agricultural, or resource issues to collaborate with an established expert at another university, institution, or firm.

You can donate to the Lane fund using the Trust donation form.

Sylvia Lane

Professor Lane has a distinguished record of research and teaching in the areas of consumer credit, health care, rural health service delivery, food stamps, and other areas concerning low-income consumers. She was named a fellow of the AAEA in 1984, one of the first women to receive this honor. She served as a consultant to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization and was a member of the President's Committee on Consumer Interests. She is a professor emerita of agricultural and resource economics at the University of California.

Lane Fellowship Recipients

2016: Moriah Bostian, Lewis and Clark College

The past winners of the Lane Fellowship, the mentors they worked with, and (if available) the areas of research they focused on are listed below.

  • 2015: Mousumi Das, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
  • 2014: Brooke Krause, University of Minnesota; Mentor: Laura Schechter, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • 2014: Kateryna Goychuk Schroeder, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI); Mentor: Barry Goodwin, North Carolina State University
  • 2013: Leah Harris, Michigan State University; Mentor: Kathy Baylis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Matching Policy and Place: Comparing the effectiveness of conservation instruments in different policy settings
  • 2013: Kelly Lange, Virginia Tech; Mentor: Lori Lynch, University of Maryland; Analyzing the ways in which U.S. farmers allocate conservation easement funds among various investment alternatives
  • 2013: Christiane Schroeter, California Polytechnic State University; Mentor: Timothy Richards, Arizona State University; Estimating the Relationship between Social Networks and Obesity
  • 2012: Kathryn Boys, Virginia Tech; Mentor: Julie Caswell, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Food Safety: How Is It Shaping the Organization of Food Processing and Manufacturing Industries?
  • 2012: Mariah D. Ehmke, University of Wyoming; Mentor: Janet Currie, Princeton University; Linking Economic Behavioral, Environmental and Epigenetic Causes of Childhood Overweight and Obesity
  • 2012: R. Karina Gallardo, Washington State University; Mentor: David Zilberman, University of California, Berkeley; The Development, Implementation, and Adoption of Mechanization Devices at Tree Fruit Orchards
  • 2012: Aine Seitz McCarthy, Universit of Minnesota; Mentor: Amy Damon, Macalester College; The Impact of a Community Health Worker Intervention on Household Decision-Making, Fertility, and Human Population Growth
  • 2011: Carola Grebitus, University of Bonn; Mentor: Jayson Lusk, Oklahoma State University; Innovative analysis of consumer behavior and econometrics
  • 2010: Ana Espinola, Washington State University; Mentor: Peter Berck, University of California, Berkeley; The intersection of game theory and environmental economics
  • 2008: Christiane Schroeter, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Mentor: Lisa House, University of Florida
  • 2008: Michelle Mullins, University of Missouri-Columbia; Mentor: Jerry Ellig, George Mason University