LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2022) — For this “UK at the Half,” we catch up with University of Kentucky biology major Kayli Bolton, a 2021 scholarship recipient from the prestigious Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). The ASF Scholarship is presented annually to outstanding college students majoring in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).
A junior in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences and the Lewis Honors College, this Corbin native is using her personal experiences to drive her desire to help others.
Since the beginning of her freshman year at UK, Bolton has been active in undergraduate research working in Professor Matthew Gentry’s laboratory in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry in the UK College of Medicine. One of UK's three 2021-22 Goldwater Scholars, Bolton is also part of the Markey STRONG Scholars Program.
Upon completion of her bachelor’s degree, Bolton plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. with a focus in biochemistry. Her goal is to eventually conduct research in the biomedical sciences investigating diseases such as cancer in an industry or academic setting.
To learn more about Bolton’s story and the ASF scholarship, visit https://uknow.uky.edu/student-news/uk-junior-kayli-bolton-named-astronaut-scholar.
The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards assists current UK students, like Bolton, and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. For more information, visit https://www.uky.edu/chellgren/competitive-awards.
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