LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence has announced its newest class of 31 Chellgren Student Fellows.
The Chellgren Center Student Fellows Program aligns with the university’s goal of cultivating undergraduate excellence. By providing experiences that go beyond the classroom, students become prepared for the next phase of their career, whether it be graduate school or a gap year dedicated to service.
COVID-19 has certainly made for an unprecedented academic year. Students and professors are adhering to mask regulations in the classroom, dining halls are empty and many classes are completely online. In spite of this unexpected turn of events, Philipp Kraemer, Chellgren Chair for Undergraduate Excellence, is hopeful and excited for this 2020 class of Chellgren Fellows.
“As we struggle to manage our lives during a very challenging moment, working with talented, highly motivated students such as the 2020 Chellgren Student Fellows provides me a welcome uplift,” Kraemer said.
The 2020-2021 Fellows and their majors are:
Jasmine Ahmad, health, society, and populations
Kaitylnn Albers, journalism
Molly Armstrong, neuroscience
Constance Bledsoe, international studies
Madison Boosveld, neuroscience
Cameron Brewer, mechanical engineering
Kennedy Brown, human health sciences
Garrett Demaree, civil engineering
Burke Doud, mechanical engineering
Riley Droppleman, biology
Madilyn Flandermeyer, materials engineering
Sophia Gonzales, biology
Emily Guerrero, neuroscience
Bethany Ison, neuroscience
Mihir Kale, political science
Shauna Kitts, social work
Nevaeh Leachman, neuroscience
Faith Makumbi, physics
Ian Metzgar, biosystems engineering
Alexandra Nolletti, neuroscience
Reagan Parker, linguistics
Jake Patty, chemical engineering
Maryrose Ramsey, chemical engineering
Jennifer Rodriguez, marketing
Marlee Scholten, pre-biomedical engineering
Rachael Snyder, agricultural and medical biotechnology
Josh Thomas, mining engineering
Tori Vestal, foreign language and international economics
Meredith Williams, biology
Sam Wyse, chemical engineering
Gabija Ziemyte, physics
To learn more about the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence, please visit www.uky.edu/chellgren/.
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