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Senior Gaines Fellows

Sam Beavin

Sam Beavin is a Louisville native studying chemistry and math. He works in an organic chemistry lab at the Center for Applied Energy Research and also helps coordinate the UK Beyond Coal campaign. Sam hopes to pursue a career in medicine (possibly neurology) and spends his free time reading, running, and watching basketball.

Stephanie Gibson

Stephanie Gibson is a junior majoring in Classics and Political Science; she and plans to be a teacher. She is from Henderson, Kentucky. Stephanie currently works for the College of Arts & Sciences in Online Education. In her free time, she knits or plays video games.

Atanas Golev

Atanas Golev is originally from Plovdiv, Bulgaria. However, he has spent the latter half of his life enjoying the calming charm of the city of Lexington. He is a Psychology major, an aspiring satirical journalist, and a part-time poet.

Sarah Hayden

Sarah Hayden is from Franklin, Tennessee. She is a Political Science and Classics double major with History minor. She is interested in pursuing International Relations with a focus in Conflict Studies in Africa. She devotes her free time to creating and encouraging a cohesive creative writing community at the University of Kentucky.

Drake Jackson

Drake Jackson is from Benton, Kentucky. He is a Mathematical Economics and Spanish double major with special interests in education, political economics, infrastructure, and behavioral economics. He intends to acquire his Ph.D. in Economics. He spends most of his free time planning everything that occupies his free time, but he also enjoys dystopian literature, science fiction, and getting to know people.

Dominique Luster

Dominique Luster is a theatre major with a German minor from Louisville, KY.  She serves as the student representative on the Gaines Center’s board as well as the president of the Gaines Student Council.  Additionally, she works for the UK Office of the Provost as a recruitment ambassador.  Her research interests are in contemporary theatrical aesthetics, and she plans to pursue a PhD in theatre history.  Dominique has worked in theatre lighting all over the east coast. 

Ben Norton

In a Zen-like twist of fate, Ben Norton is from both nowhere and everywhere (he moved a lot). His family settled outside of Louisville, Kentucky, and he ended up remaining in his New Kentucky Home, if you will, for college. As a University Scholar, he just completed concurrent graduate work on an M.M. in composition and an M.A. in musicology and ethnomusicology, and is currently a most strange hybrid sort of student, pursuing a PhD in musicology and ethnomusicology and D.M.A. in composition, as well as B.A. in film, television, & digital media and Spanish. He is a musician, composer, audio engineer, writer, web designer, and, along with his twin brother Zak, filmmaker. He is a managing editor for and contributor to the satirical newspaper The Colonel and heavily involved in ennvironmental, economic, and social justice organizations. Ben also writes columns for CounterPunch and Dissident Voice, and has a weird progressive/experimental jazz/contemporary classical/electronic metal solo project, Peculate. As an activist, he conceives of art not simply as human expression or communication but as a higher form of dissent, and hopes to take his art-as-activism wherever his life leads him. Ben is composing an opera for his senior thesis.

Nicole Schladt

Nicole Schladt is a Lexington native pursuing a double major in gender/women's studies and international studies, with a focus on Latin America. She also serves as president of the University of Kentucky Women's Choir and editor-in-chief of The Colonel, a satirical publication on campus. Nicole plans to attend law school after graduation, with the goal of specializing in international human rights law.

Xiao Wang

Xiao Wang is an Economics and Pre-Med major. Originally from China, she has been a resident of Louisville, Kentucky since the age of ten. She is pursuing a career in the healthcare field. During her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and engaging in various artistic endeavors.

Catherine Wentworth

Catherine Wentworth is an architecture major from Bowling Green, KY. She loves visual art, cooking, and all forms of exercise, especially running. In the future she plans to continue her design education at the graduate level, study art, and travel.