Pack, at podium, describes his part in a Bucks for
Brains research project while Associate Dean Kwaku
UK President Lee Todd and
Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton listen.
higher education institutions in Kentucky "exceeded
my expectations" with the Bucks for Brains program.
"Kentucky will be better off for it."
Kentucky Gov. Paul E. Patton
25, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Thirty-four
potential young scientists who are participating in
summer research programs at the University of Kentucky
were honored at a reception today addressed by Kentucky
Gov. Paul Patton and UK President Lee T. Todd Jr.
of the students who received certificates of recognition
at a reception in their honor, and who are potential
graduate students, are participating in a summer research
program that paired them with "Bucks for Brains"
UK faculty members. These students conducted independent
research programs under the supervision of the Bucks
for Brains faculty members.
told the students that the higher education institutions
in Kentucky "exceeded my expectations" with
the Bucks for Brains program. He credited the institutions
with making the program work and added, "Kentucky
will be better off for it."
The governor told the students, "Your research
projects will help you find your niche."
recalled a research project he had conducted at the
Wenner Gren laboratory on campus when he was an engineering
student at UK. "I didn't stay in research, but
I did get in a position to affect the search for knowledge."
Todd thanked the governor for his support of higher
education and called the governor's support of the
Bucks for Brains program a "master stroke."
students honored at the ceremony are participating
in a Kentucky
Young Scientist Summer Research Program (KYSS)
that targets undergraduate students from Kentucky's
private colleges who have shown an interest in the
sciences and are from diverse groups, including women
and low-income students.
are involved in research projects in the areas of
anatomy and neurobiology; chemistry, microbiology,
immunology and molecular genetics; pharmaceutical
sciences; physiology; plant and insect sciences; psychology;
and rehabilitation counseling.
from each of the two groups spoke at the reception
sponsored by the UK Graduate School. The student speakers
were Laurie Davis, Ft. Mitchell, Ky., representing
the KYSS students, and Rickey Pack from Louisville,
representing the Bucks for Brains students.