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The Chellgren Center

Outreach Team

Grant Boggess

I am a Sophomore Materials Engineering Major originally from here in Lexington (graduating from Dunbar). I have been involved in research at UK in the Division of Physical Therapy with Dr. Brian Noehren studying Running Injuries and modeling muscle usage during running. I was also fortunate enough to be able to study abroad and do research abroad during the summer of 2013 in Karlsruhe, Germany. On campus I am a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, CRU, and the Quizbowl team. I hope to one day work as an engineering professor and would love to come back to UK to teach at some point in my life. Whenever I have some free time you'll probably find me running, swimming, or chowing down on some BBQ.


Josiah Hanna

I am a junior in Computer Science and Mathematics from Lexington, Kentucky. I have been involved in undergraduate research since my freshman year and I am a Chellgren Fellow. In my sophomore year I applied for and received honorable mention for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship. The following year I applied again and received the Goldwater Scholarship as well as the Astronaut Scholarship. My research is on artificial intelligence focusing on planning under uncertainty. This work has been done with Dr. Judy Goldsmith in the Computer Science Department in the College of Engineering. In addition to research and coursework, I am involved in the Society for the Promotion of Undergraduate Research, Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and I am a brother of Triangle Fraternity. After graduation I plan to pursue my PhD in either automated planning or machine learning. I will then pursue a research career in either industry or academia. I also have an interest in entrepreneurship should a good idea occur to me. In my spare time I enjoy many different sports, weight lifting and coming up with workout programs, running, reading, and good conversations.


Talia Henkle

My name is Talia Henkle, and I'm originally from Port Washington, WI. I am a Junior and I'm a Biology major and a Spanish minor. I was attracted to Lexington and the University of Kentucky because of the booming horse industry, which I have fully exploited.  I got involved in undergraduate research my freshman year working in Dr. Dave Horohov's immunology lab at Gluck Equine Research Center, in the Department of Veterinary Science. I have been able to present my undergraduate research project at Kentucky's State Capitol to state legislators, as well as at NCUR at UW La Crosse. I aspire to get a PhD. in Pharmacology and subsequently work in the drug industry as a researcher. Besides research and horseback riding, I am a UK Student Wellness Ambassador and a K-Week leader. I love UK and I fully appreciate all of the opportunities I've been presented with my past two years here!


Burhan Johar

My name is Burhan Johar and I am a senior studying biology with a minor in neuroscience. I was born in India but grew up in Louisville, KY. I was a part of the 2011 Chellgren Student Fellows Program and through this program; I was also involved in research with Dr. Chifu Huang. Being so passionate about service, I was the Executive Director of UK FUSION 2013 and am currently now the Vice Director of Promotions for the Center for Community Outreach. Other organizations that I am associated with are the Muslim Student Association, Alpha Phi Omega, and the Indian Student Association. I hope to use all of these experiences to pursue my goal of going to dental school. During my free time I like to play sports, listen to all kinds of music, and paint.

Dominique Luster

My name is Dominique Luster; I am from Louisville, KY and a Theatre major focusing in Design and Technology.  I will be graduating in May 2014 and plan to continue on to pursue my Master’s degree at Beuth University in Berlin, Germany.  Ask me about Education Abroad, Undergraduate Research, External Scholarships (Fulbright Applicant), Chellgren Fellowship and the Gaines Fellowship in the Humanities.  I love to talk to people about how successful a career in the arts can be!  I have completed internships in Theatrical Lighting at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and the Dorset Theatre Festival.  Feel free to ask me about student life on campus; I am the current president of the Gaines Student Council and a member of the German Club and have worked with a number of campus ministries over the years.  Go Cats!


Erica Mattingly

My name is Erica Mattingly, and I will be a Junior at UK this fall. I was raised in rural Greensburg, KY with a population under 3000.  I am a Linguistics major, and currently the Vice President of the  University of Kentucky Arabic Club. I spent this past summer studying Spanish in Costa Rica through a UK partner immersion program. As a 2012 Chellgren Student Fellow, I worked with Dr. Andrew Byrd in the Linguistics Department on historical research of the Spanish changes in phonology as a result of the Arabic influence. This fall I will be applying for the Boren, a competitive external scholarship, and I am currently in preparation for the application process.


Jay VanDoorn

My name is Jay Van Doorn and I am from Clarksville, Tennessee.  I am currently a Sophomore and pursuing a double major in Biology and Mathematical Sciences with minors in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. I am working toward the goal of an MD/PhD in Computational Neuroscience for a career in research. I am a Chellgren Fellow and am involved in undergraduate research under Dr. Diane Snow in the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center.  My research involves treatments that could vastly improve the quality of life for those with spinal cord and brain injuries.  When I am not wholly involved in my education I also enjoy a broad range of sports, frequently volunteer for charity events, and appreciate and amuse myself with the arts.


Sarah Whelan

My name is Sarah Whelan, and I am from Summersville, West Virginia. I am a junior Biology major. Besides being a Student Outreach Member, I am also the Vice-President of the Society for the Promotion of Undergraduate Research (SPUR). I came to UK on a Patterson Scholarship for National Merit Scholars. I am a Chellgren Fellow and in the Honors Program. After college, I plan on going to graduate school and earning a PhD in Biology. I have been involved in research in Dr. Jeramiah Smith’s lamprey lab in the Biology Department since my freshmen year. I have received grants for my research from AMSTEMM and the Ribble Foundation, and have been to several conferences, including the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). My main hobby is painting landscapes of countries and places I’ve visited.


Jenny Wu

I am a senior Psychology major with a minor in Computer Science. I was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky and dream of having roots everywhere. I am involved in virtual worlds research and received the Summer Undergraduate Research Grant for the summer of 2012. My mentor is Philipp Kraemer. I am interested in conversations, stories, and the creative arts. I started writing as my most serious hobby after attending the Governor's School for the Arts program in 2009 and could never stop. If my career involves teaching and books, I will consider myself successful.