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Kentucky One of Six Jurisdictions to Receive $20 Million EPSCoR Grant
Six jurisdictions have received Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 awards from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

The $20 million awards will bolster science and engineering academic research infrastructure in the U.S. Virgin Islands and five states: Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota. Each five-year award will support fundamental research; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development in areas relevant to the jurisdictions' economic and other vital interests.

The University of Kentucky's project provides a STEM-based educational framework that will encourage meaningful participation of under-represented and minority student populations in the emerging knowledge-based economy.

For more on this story, please visit UKNOW!


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Alliance of Nine Universities Seeks to Improve Diversity in STEM Fields

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, as the principal investigator, will lead a multi-million-dollar initiative with Kentucky and West Virginia universities to increase underrepresented undergraduates studying in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

For more on this story, please visit UKNOW!


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SSS Student Spotlight

Mr. Isaiah M. Satram is a student in the College of Agriculture studying Agriculture Economics. As a student of the University of Kentucky, he participated in a number of program opportunities that engaged and assisted him obtaining his goals. Through working in the CARES office and in MANNRS he was able to network with numerous people on campus and community. In addition he was able to travel to different colleges and learn about the different graduate schools and programs through his participation in the Graduate School Preparation Course offered by Student Support Services. According to Mr. Satram the course, "This course was one of the most beneficial classes I've taken while at UK. It made my fall semester of my senior year one of my best and most memorable."

Agricultural Economics was the first and only major he had declared. After meeting and talking with so many people and professors involved in the Agriculture Department he had determined this was the perfect fit. Also the department provided many opportunities and is one of the most, "employable majors at UK and it inspired me to go this route. Another reason I went this route was I have a passion for outdoors and real appreciation for what agriculture has to offer and affects our lives on a daily basis."

Upon graduation, Mr. Satram has accepted a position with Consolidated Grain and Barge (CBG). He will be relocating to Ohio and also be attending Ohio State University graduate school. "All this happened in the fall semester of my senior year. I truly say I would not have accomplished any of this if it were not for being a part of SSS and MANRRS. I encourage any and every one to join!"


"Big Blue Family" VIDEO: Jim and Lydia Wims Help UK Students Succeed

University life holds a special place in the hearts of Jim and Lydia Wims.

As first-generation college students, both were heavily involved in residence life at Kent State University, where they met and eventually married.

They began raising their kids while working at Lincoln University in Missouri. Today, they both work on the University of Kentucky campus serving students in two unique roles. Jim serves as the associate vice president for student affairs while Lydia is the director of student support services.

For more on this story, please visit UKNOW!


Photo of MLK Day Depiction King Day march, discussion at University of Kentucky focus on pacifism

University of Kentucky students and staff honored the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pacifism on Sunday with a candle-lit march past a half-dozen silently re-enacted scenes of violence, including King's 1968 assassination; the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; and the 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

About 60 people joined the march and a discussion afterward led by UK historian Gerald Smith, who helped edit King's papers for publication, and Carol Taylor, social-justice educator at the UK Violence Intervention and Prevention Center.


Story by John Cheves. Photo by Matt Goins (Herald-Leader)


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HCSDS Student Spotlight

Corinna Hughes was selected to participate in a summer program at the renowned Mayo Clinic that will enable her to acquire clinical experience. Corinna says, "I had heard about the program but never thought I would be selected because it is quite competitive - 1,000 plus apply for 50 spots."

The paid Summer III externship is a 10-week program that offers students opportunities to participate in direct and indirect patient care and to work alongside a registered nurse clinical coach. The Summer III Nursing Externship begins with a two-week orientation and is designed to introduce students to Mayo Clinic, their specific work unit and the Rochester community.

There will be a combination of classroom work and hands-on training in the designated unit. Corinna will have the opportunity to work alongside her mentor and to attend educational classes. The Externship offers not only an educational work experience, but also opportunities to live, socialize and have fun with other nursing students from around the country. Corinna will begin this journey June 1st!

Also, last weekend in San Antonio, Texas she was awarded the SNRS 2014 Minority Health Research Student Poster Award!! Corinna says, "My poster was presented at the 2014 Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference in competition with BSN through PhD and DNP students!" Congratulations, Corinna!

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CARES and MLKC Student Spotlight

CARES and the Martin Luther King Center would like to congratulate Adrian Booker, a Senior Integrated Strategic Communications major, on his internship with the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Raised in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Adrian has always had an interest in all sports, and wants to ultimately own his own team someday! His knowledge in sports public relations, web content, networking and managing have helped him greatly during his internship. While in Indianapolis, he aided the Pacer's organization by assisting with sponsor activities and events, which included receptions, game night entertainment, etc. With this experience, Adrian is surely on his way to achieving his dream of becoming part of the sports world!

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SSS Student Spotlight

Bethany Atkins is a senior Social Work major here at UK. She is also a mentor for Student Support Services for the last two years. Ms. Atkins dreamed of traveling abroad to England & got the opportunity this past year to go. She found the experience liberating and solidified a budding independence in her that would not have been found if she had never gone. Advice that Ms. Atkins gives all students, "When you get the opportunity to travel abroad…Take it!"

Ms. Atkins will be graduating from UK and continuing her studies in Social Work in pursuit of her Masters of Social Work and Licensed Social Worker.

For more about Ms. Atkins and the many great things happening at SSS, please download the SSS September Newsletter HERE.


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CARES Student Spotlight

CARES is proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of one of its students. Ms. Stephanie Bellot recently became the Wildcat Interest Group's (WIG) Preferred Candidate to be Rep. Andy Barr's intern in the House of Representatives. WIG is the governmental division of student government and holds interviews to pair UK students with political leaders and recommends candidates to internship programs across the country.

Ms. Bellot was also elected as the senator for the College of Communication and Information Studies in the Student Government Association. The University of Kentucky Student Government Association (UKSGA) represents all undergraduate, graduate and professional students enrolled at the University.

If you would like more information on CARES and its programs, please visit, or contact them at (859) 323-6347.


Jamal Mashburn Scholarship Program

The Jamal Mashburn Scholarship Program, established by the former UK Basketball great, allows the youth of Fayette County to obtain an opportunity early in their educational endeavors, and creates an incentive for them to reach their goals. With the purpose of helping these students achieve success, the scholarship not only provides financial support for prospective University of Kentucky students, it also gives them access to mentoring services, and a monitoring system that will assess the needs of each individual.

Jamal Mashburn Scholarship Program from Wildcat Student TV on Vimeo.