Uncovering the mysteries of the Milky Way galaxy and the decline of mason bee population

Two Jefferson Fellows receive Double Hoo Research Grants

April 24, 2019

The Center for Undergraduate Excellence at U.Va. recently announced the 2019 recipients of the Double Hoo Research Grants. Designed to foster collaboration between undergraduate and graduate students, the grants provide up to $6,000 for joint research projects. Two of the 15 graduate students selected this year to receive a Double Hoo Research Grant are Jefferson Fellows—Kate LeCroy and Hannah Lewis.

Kate, the Kenneth L. Bazzle Jefferson Fellow, is a two-time recipient of the grant and is partnering with a third-year undergraduate student to study the diversity, health, and behavior of native and exotic mason bee species in Virginia, in an effort to find why common mason bees are facing population decline.

Hannah, the Olive B. and Franklin C. Mac Krell Jefferson Fellow, is partnering with a student to research the influence of the galactic environment on the properties of planets that revolve around stars outside our solar system, and their diverse hosts, throughout the Milky Way galaxy.



Kate LeCroy

Kenneth L. Bazzle Jefferson Fellow

Hannah Lewis

Olive B. and Franklin C. Mac Krell Jefferson Fellow



The Jefferson Scholarship is the premier undergraduate scholarship at the University of Virginia. Scholars are selected through a rigorous selection process that is based on exceptional performance in the areas of leadership, scholarship and citizenship.

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The Jefferson Fellowship is the premier graduate fellowship offered at the University of Virginia. Based solely on merit, the Fellowship seeks to attract Ph.D. and M.B.A. candidates.

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The Jefferson Scholars Foundation, like its namesake, knows that virtue and talent come from all walks of life. Indeed it is this knowledge that drives the Foundation to search the world over for its recipients.

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