The Dona G. Graam Fellowship is the result of a bequest from Dona Gayler Graam (1892-1979). She taught at West Terre Haute and Indiana State University. Graam also opened a medical laboratory in Terre Haute and worked in the laboratory for eight years. The fellowship supports female graduate students who are engaged in research or teaching in zoology.
2021 Graam Fellow: Misty Proffitt
Misty Proffitt is a 7th-year Ph.D. student in Associate Professor Troy Smith's lab. She is interested in the physiological mechanisms which underlie sexually dimorphic behavior. In Misty’s dissertation, she examines how species variation in steroid hormone related gene expression in the brain contributes to sexually dimorphic behavior in weakly electric fish from South America. She plans to complete her dissertation and graduate in December 2021.