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Bessie M. Guerrant, Director, eUreKa!

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Bessie Guerrant is director of the Office of Research Assessment and co-director of Experiences in Undergraduate Research and Kreative Activities (eUreKa!) at the University of Kentucky. Serving the Executive Vice President for Research, she manages several databases designed to track and monitor the University of Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Funds. She also directs the activities of the UK Undergraduate Research Program (serving first-and second year students), the Bucks for Brains Summer Research Program (for UK Undergraduates) and the Kentucky Young Researchers Program (serving high school students).

Ms. Guerrant is a former Kentucky Distinguished Educator and was the director of Equity for the Kentucky Partnership For Reform Initiatives in Science and Mathematics (PRISM) Initiative from 1993 to 1997. Her background includes extensive experience in education reform, particularly the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) of 1990, school improvement methods, and professional development for educators. She has written several successful federal education grants and directed the initiatives. Ms. Guerrant has also worked at the national level as a member of the National Science Foundation/Statewide Systemic Initiative Equity Forum Committee and the National Science Foundation/Statewide Systemic Initiative Forum Planning Committee. She has also served as a proposal reader for NASA. She currently serves on numerous boards and committees, including the President’s Commission on Women at UK.

Ms. Guerrant earned both a BA and M. Ed. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. She holds both teaching and principalship certification and is currently completing her doctoral degree in the area of Education Administration at the University of Kentucky.


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