Lee T. Todd, Jr.,
At the University of Kentucky, we believe that our undergraduates
should all have the opportunity to work in a mentored environment
with our outstanding faculty scholars, pursuing inquiries
t h a t expand the boundaries of knowledge. Such mentored scholarly
inquiries are what set apart an undergraduate education at a Research I
university from study at other institutions. An ever-growing number of
our students are now availing themselves of this wonderful opportunity.
Some the finest of their studies come to be published in Kaleidoscope.
The articles included in this issue continue the tradition of excellence
set in earlier volumes. It is wonderful to enjoy the diversity of the studies.
There is a challenging study of the application of the death penalty to
women juxtaposed with an inquiry into the relationship of public policy
to childhood obesity; a first-person report on Cossack pride and identity
next to a study in plant cell biology. Virtually every academic aspect of the
University is represented. I offer the authors my sincere congratulations.
UK’s dedication to excellence in undergraduate education is clearly
demonstrated by the inclusion of the reports of our Beckman Scholars, the abstracts
of many of our undergraduate researchers, and the impressive listing of academic
prizes, honors, and conferences at which our students have presented their work.
As I have said in previous years, the success of our students is a direct
result of the dedication of their faculty mentors. It has been said that if the
student does not exceed the teacher, the teacher has failed. Time and again
I have found our professors to take the greatest pride and pleasure in the
creative and professional achievements of their students. We are fortunate
at UK to have such caring, supportive faculty members, and I salute them.
I hope you will join me in congratulating the young women and men whose
scholarly works are published in this issue of Kaleidoscope. These students are
but a few of the thousands of highly creative and productive undergraduate
scholars who are active at UK. For example, over thirty UK undergraduates made
presentations of their scholarly work at the most recent National Conference on
Undergraduate Research (NCUR), and scores of others have made presentations
at other professional conferences. Together they are making contributions
to the enhancement of knowledge and are being recognized nationally and
internationally through their performances, publications, and productions.