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Gaines Fellows

The Junior Gaines Fellows are below.  View the Senior Gaines Fellows here.

Noora Aljabi

Noora Aljabi is from Henderson, Kentucky, the daughter of a Costa Rican mom and Syrian dad. She is a Computer Science major with minors in Mathematics and Arabic and Islamic Studies, and she works as a math tutor both for the math department and for The Study.  In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, learning languages, and traveling.

Noora Aljabi
Katie Cross

Katie Cross is an English major and psychology minor from Science Hill, Kentucky. She works as an editorial assistant for Early American Literature and holds multiple leadership roles in the English community, including being president of Sigma Tau Delta and co-founding Graphite Creative Writing Association. In her free time, Katie meditates, reads, attempts to play video games, and writes poetry. Also a music aficionada, her favorite band is The Beatles and her favorite Beatle is, of course, Paul. 

Katie Cross
Sarah Daley

Sarah Daley is an architecture major with a minor in anthropology. She is a member of the Honors Program.  Hailing from Louisville, she enjoys reading, photography, being outdoors, and traveling. After graduation, Sarah plans to continue studying both anthropology and architecture.

Sarah Daley
Mary Kate Elliott

Mary Kate Elliott is an English and French double major (with a minor in dance) from Elizabethtown, KY. Just recently, she became a consultant at the Writing Center in the William T. Young Library, specializing in Creative Writing. She also works for the Graduate School during their  International Teaching Assistant language screenings and, as of this semester, is proud to be working with Shale as the head fiction manager. She wants to continue her education by going on to graduate school, hopefully Cambridge University, or to go into law school after graduation. In her rapidly dwindling spare time, she likes to read everything, write fiction, nonfiction, or poetry knit scarves, sing in the shower, collect strange facts, discover new music, try her hand at arts and crafts (with mixed results), and look for inspiration in everything she sees.

Mary Kate Elliott
Emily Furnish

Emily Furnish is from Louisville, KY. She studies vocal music and chemistry. Emily is involved in Alpha Phi Omega, UK’s co-ed community service fraternity, and the UK chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. She is also a proud member of the UK Chorale and UK’s Korean Percussion Ensemble. Emily plans to attend graduate school, but is unsure of whether she wants to pursue chemistry research or medical school. In her free time, Emily enjoys being with friends, camping, and dancing with others or by herself.

Emily Furnish
Rekha Gupta

Rekha Gupta is from Hopkinsville, Kentucky.  She is majoring in psychology with minors in biology and neuroscience, and she hopes to pursue a career in the medical field.  Currently, she works in a psychology research laboratory and is involved with Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity.  In her free time, she enjoys all things Broadway related, playing piano, and reading. 

Rekha Gupta
Stefanie Muller

Stefanie Muller is from Louisville, Kentucky. She is a junior history and international studies double major with a Hispanic studies minor. She currently works at the University of Kentucky Writing Center and hopes to study international relations in the future. In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading, listening to music, and traveling.

Stefanie Muller
Autumn Murphy

Autumn Murphy spent her formative years in Indianapolis, Indiana. She chose to attend the University of Kentucky to immerse herself in an unfamiliar environment (though UK is the alma mater of both her parents). She is pursuing majors in English and history as well as a minor in Hispanic studies. On UK’s campus, she serves as the president of UK Mock Trial and as a member of the UK Climbing Club. With her relatively-sparse free time, she creates poetry and experiences nature (sometimes concurrently). Future academic plans are as-yet unknown for Autumn, but she knows that whatever she chooses to do will be steeped in intellectual inquiry.

Autumn Murphy
Ben Neal

Ben Neal is architecture major from Irvine, KY. He enjoys building models, both by hand and digitally, and in his free time he likes to travel and spend time outdoors. He plans to continue his design career at the graduate level and specialize in sustainable design. He hopes to use his design skills to address social justice and human rights issues.

Ben Neal
Sanjana Pampati

Sanjana Pampati was born in Hyderabad but she has spent the past years in Kentucky and elsewhere. She is majoring in biology and political science. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling eastward, and learning new languages. 

Sanjana Pampati
Kendra Sanders

Kendra Sanders is from Paducah, Kentucky. She is a film, television & digital media major. She does video production for the Hive within the College Arts & Sciences and is planning for a career in the film industry. She is the other co-founder of Graphite, UK’s only creative writing association. As well, she is a member of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. In her free time, she enjoys watching beaucoup de films, writing, reading literature and philosophy, being active outside, and adding random French phrases into her English.

Kendra Sanders
Ryan Winstead

Ryan Winstead hails from Madisonville, Kentucky and is pursuing degrees in English and gender & women's studies..  He is an active member in the UK Forensics team, competing in various kinds of speech and debate.  When not preparing for Forensic events, Ryan is working at The Study on south campus as a Calculus tutor or engaged with the LGBT community.  In his spare time, Ryan enjoys competing in chess tournaments, figure skating, and playing the piano.  After graduation, he plans on attending graduate school to seek his PhD.

Ryan Winstead