Undergraduate Success Stories

 

See some of the opportunities and awards our undergraduates are earning!

 

Academic Year 2019-2020

 

Sophomore Hailey Combs, of Campton, Kentucky, has been awarded an English-Speaking Union (ESU) Scholarship presented by the English-Speaking Union Kentucky Branch. The scholarship will cover Combs' expense for summer study at Cambridge University in the Literature Summer Programme.

Congratulations to English, Philosophy, and Sociology major Emily Keaton, who earned 3rd place at the competitive 2nd annual 5-Minute Fast Track Research Competition. Faculty Mentor: Ed Morris, Sociology.

Students competed in two preliminary rounds and were selected as Top 10 finalists to advance to the round of the final competition. Students had five minutes and one static slide to present their research to an audience and panel of judges that included Provost David Blackwell, Dr. Marilyn Campbell, and Carol Street. 

 

Academic Year 2018-2019

 

Eli O’Neal, of Louisville, an English and Political Science Major, and Aileen Tierney, of Louisville, an English Major, were selected for the Gaines Fellowship along with ten other UK students. "The Gaines Fellowship is presented in recognition of outstanding academic performance, demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, an interest in public issues and a desire to enhance understanding of the human condition through the humanities. Founded in 1984 by a generous gift from John and Joan Gaines, the Gaines Center for the Humanities functions as a laboratory for imaginative and innovative education on UK’s campus. The Gaines Center is designed to enrich the study of the humanities at the University of Kentucky" (UKNow, April 25, 2019).

 

Senior English major Yohanan Andargachew did an internship with Thompson Law Office in Lexington during his junior year, and has since continued to work there part time.  He plans to apply to law school this fall.  Yohanan is one of roughly fifty students who have done internships and earned English course credit over the past couple of years. This program puts students in a variety of work places, including law firms, the University Press of Kentucky, media outlets, the Carnegie Center, and more.  We hope it will continue to grow and help ore students explore career options for English majors. 

Katie Kirk is the first student who will earn a BA and MA in English in five years under the University Scholars Program.  She also participates in UK Shakes and Sigma Tau Delta.  In March 2019, she won a prize for the work she presented at the Sigma Tau Delta Conference in St. Louis, MO.

English majors Kayla Biddle, Lilly Bramley, Tori Ferguson, and Abigail Heibert are spending their summer studying abroad in Ireland with Prof. Julia Johnson! 

2019 graduate, Andrew Thibaudeau (from Louisville), will be fully-funded as a Ph.D. student in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Nathaniel Cortas, a 2019 English, music, and Lewis Honors College graduate, received a Fulbright scholarship to teach in Turkey.

Our UK Sigma Tau Delta chapter has a growing membership (30+ on campus, not counting alumni) and is quite active. This year, they organized: Banned Book Week events, lectures (including a recent one on “Native American Literature”), weekly study-sessions in the library, and a roundtable discussion on “Super Heroes.”  The biggest fall event was organized with help from Prof. Michelle Sizemore and inspired by the NEH: a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Shelley’s Frankenstein (with a costume contest and film screening). STD members also mentored incoming freshmen English majors, as they have now for the past 3 years. They also fund-raised and sent seven members to present work (creative and critical) at the national STD conference in St. Louis. There, one member, Katie Kirk, won a prize for her poetry at the conference.

We had our fourth annual, Undergraduate Showcase in the Spring, where undergrads presented their research and creative writing to each other, faculty members, friends and family. See photos here!

UK English major MiKayla Carter did two marketing internships, one at the University Press and another with the UK Library, as an undergraduate. She did an amazing job at the library and was offered a full-time position before she even graduated! She’ll be managing information and promoting the library. She will create and design promotional and marketing materials for library events, services, resources, and philanthropic initiatives. She will help keep the library’s on-line profile vibrant and relevant, and work to develop the UK Library brand. If you’re interested in the Library and Information sciences track, English is a great place to start!

Nate Cortas worked with the Early American Literature editors to record their first podcast!

Juniors Shania Goble, of Inez, Kentucky, and Katie Huffman, of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, have been awarded English-Speaking Union (ESU) Scholarships presented by the English-Speaking Union Kentucky Branch. The scholarships will cover Goble and Huffman's expenses for summer study at Oxford University.

 

 

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