Interim Director, Honors Program
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.
Director of Student Affairs
Meg oversees the Honors advising team, is the primary administrator for curricular issues, and manages the program’s assessment plan. 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 fifth-grade daughter, reading voraciously, knitting, cooking, and skating in her eighth season with her roller derby team, the Rollergirls Of Central Kentucky (ROCK).
Admissions & Singletary Scholars Coordinator
Hannah recruits prospective Honors students, advises and coordinates programming for Singletary Scholars, oversees the Honors Program Ambassadors Team, and manages the communication for Honors.
Hannah has a BA in English from the College of Wooster (focus: creative writing, book arts, and literary theory) and a MA in English from The University of Kentucky (focus: migration, masculinity, Junot Diaz). She has a background in teaching creative writing, most recently with the Young Women Writers Project at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning and in conjunction with the SwallowTale Project, a creative writing program for incarcerated women.
Before beginning with Honors, Hannah was a recruiter for Undergraduate Admissions at UK, taught WRD 110 & 111, tutored student athletes with CATS, and worked at the Writing Center. During graduate school, she worked in Creative Development and marketing for Kentucky for Kentucky, a merchandise startup in Lexington focused on celebrating the people, places, and things of the Commonwealth. Hannah also worked at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning for three years between her undergraduate and graduate-level studies, running a wide variety of youth and family programs with the AmeriCorps VISTA program.
Outside of work, she is an avid reader, writer, and bicycle-rider with an interest in meeting new people and community volunteerism, specifically in the arts and education.
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.
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.
Student Affairs Officer & Lewis Scholars Coordinator
Shaun is an academic advisor for the UK Honors Program and has worked in academic advising since 2007. He also coordinates the Lewis Scholars Program, frequently teaches UK 101 and has served on several UK committees.
Shaun earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a focus in Graphic Design in 2003 and a Master of Arts in Education with a focus in Student Affairs in 2005, both from Western Kentucky University. During his college years, Shaun was a leader in WKU’s Campus Activities Board.
Before beginning with Honors, Shaun began working at UK in 2007 and spent over eight years as an academic advisor in UK’s College of Arts & Sciences. Prior to that, he worked at Austin Peay State University, beginning in 2005, as assistant director for campus activities.
Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife Emily and their pet dog, cats and rats. He loves to play ultimate Frisbee and disc golf, watch movies, see live music and play and run tabletop roleplaying games. His favorite things to read include fantasy literature, classic literature, history and social science. He also has a very large collection of relatively obscure music.
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.