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The Honors Program

Staff Profiles

Diane Snow

Interim Director, Honors Program
Director, Undergraduate Research
Professor and Endowed Chair, SCoBIRC
Editor, Kaleidoscope


211 Funkhouser
Lexington, KY 40506-0054

Dr. Diane Snow joined The University of KY as an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience in the Anatomy and Neurobiology Department in the College of Medicine (1996), and has risen in the ranks to Professor and Endowed Chair of Neuroscience in the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (2007-present).  Prior, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Akron in Natural Sciences/Biology with a minor in German (1985), a Master of Science degree in Neuroscience from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and The University of Akron (1985), and a PhD in Neuroscience from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH with Jerry Silver, PhD (1990).  She did a Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Research Assistant Professorship at The University of MN (1990-1992; 1992-1996, resp.) with Paul Letourneau, PhD.  Dr. Snow’s research focus is spinal cord injury (SCI) and neural regeneration, with particular emphasis on a group of extracelluar matrix molecules, the chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans, which become upregulated following injury and block regeneration.  She has published over 50 scientific articles in relevant and high-impact journals in the field and has trained ~80 high school, undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and senior scientists in her laboratory. Dr. Snow is an officer in the National Neurotrauma Society and has served as President of Women in Neurotrauma for three terms. She has served as Director of the COPS Faculty Women Leadership Training Program at UK (2007-2010), is a graduate of the SECAC Academic Leadership Development Program (2011-12), and a graduate of the HERS Program for Women in Higher Education (2013-14). Her work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the US Department of Defense (DOD), the Kentucky Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research Trust (KSCHIRT), the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (CDRF), the Brumagin Foundation, the American Paralysis Foundation (APA), and most recently, the “Walk to Run” Foundation, based in Minneapolis, MN.


Meg Marquis

Director of Student Affairs

(859) 257-3619

Meg oversees the Honors advising team, is the primary administrator for curricular issues, and serves as the Singletary Scholars program coordinator. She also teaches UK 101 and serves on a wide variety of university committees.

Meg is an UK Honors Program alumnus, having graduated with a BA in English and minors in Business and Classics in 2001 and an MA in English in 2003. Her areas of scholarly interest include 19th and 20th century American literature, gender studies, and corporeality and body studies. She worked previously as the UK English staff advisor and has taught extensively at UK and Transylvania University.

Outside of her many responsibilities in the Honors Program, Meg spends time with her fourth-grade daughter, reading voraciously, knitting, cooking, and skating with her roller derby team, the Rollergirls Of Central Kentucky (ROCK).

Heather Carpenter

Student Affairs Officer


Heather Carpenter serves as an advisor and organizes the co-curricular programing for the Honors Residential College at the University of Kentucky. The Honors Residential College (formerly the Living Learning Program or LLP) is a residential experience that allows students who are members of UK’s Honors Program to participate in their collaborative learning in a supportive and close-knit environment. Students who participate in the Honors RC receive targeted programming intended to enhance the scholarly experience. Through increased interaction with faculty inside and outside of the classroom, students are immersed into a stimulating intellectual and social environment that promotes and supports student success.

In addition to her work with Honors, Heather is also completing her Ph.D. in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky while teaching in that field at Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to coming to UK, she was the Communications and Development coordinator for KECSAC (the Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children), a grant-program at Eastern Kentucky University that serves at-risk youth. Before KECSAC, she taught English and Composition at Bluegrass Community and Technical College for two years.

Heather earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Anthropology from Centre College, a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.Div degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Outside of her responsibilities with the Honors Program, Heather enjoys traveling, reading, writing, gardening, pretending she takes yoga seriously, wasting time on Facebook, and saving the world.

Brad Hubbard

Student Affairs Officer


Brad serves as an Academic Advisor for the UK Honors program, beginning his work with UK Honors in August of 2012. He recently moved to the Lexington area from Southern California so that he and his wife Victoria can start a family and enjoy the lower cost of living. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of California San Diego in 1998 and has worked as an Academic Advisor for San Diego State University, University of California Irvine and Weber State University in Utah.

As a young adult Brad and his friends were playing with paint ball guns without using safety goggles and he was accidentally shot in his right eye, resulting in permanent vision impairment. Unfortunately his eyesight was rendered monocular and he cannot enjoy all the awesome 3-D movies that are coming out now.

Brad is skilled in karate/self-defense and will soon be training locally in other martial arts disciplines. He is a huge fan of competitive mixed martial arts and watches Ultimate Fighting Championship matches whenever possible.

Sue Scheff

Student Affairs Officer

(859) 257-2614

Sue Scheff joins the Honor’s Program to assist with academic advising, work to identify students for national and international awards, assist with career planning and development, and help to execute service learning opportunities.

Sue is a UK graduate – received her Bachelor’s degree from University of Kentucky in Business Administration. Her background in advising and program development spans many years both in California and Kentucky (UK). Her years spent in the University of Kentucky College of Engineering as Director of the Women in Engineering program (1991 - 2005) opened her eyes to the many job opportunities in science and engineering (STEM) fields. As AMSTEMM's coordinator/advisor (2005 – present) Sue directs her energies to assist Appalachian and minority students as they pursue their STEM major. She is currently excited about her new role in the Honors Program and is looks forward to meeting the 1st year class as well as the returning students each Fall. Sue also serves as Co-Chair of Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project, a partner with the National Girls Collaborative Project (

Lauren James

Staff Support Associate

Lauren James serves as the staff support associate for the Honors Program.  She is responsible for maintaining the database that tracks students from Honors enrollment to graduation and beyond, and is working on increasing contact with Honors Program alumni.  She also works with Honors finances and budgetary administration.
Originally from Indiana, Lauren has a B.A. in English (2011) and a Master's in Library Science (2013) from Indiana University, which she hopes no one will hold against her during basketball season.  She has worked in banking and health care as well as higher education.
Outside of her work in Honors, Lauren enjoys walking, reading, writing short stories, and making lists and plans to organize things.  She is always looking for more bookshelves (and more space).