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Doctorate Student Gives Back to His Home Country with Knowledge Attained at UK

With a passion for biology, Zana Majeed came to the University of Kentucky and earned his doctorate in 2016. The Iraq native graduated with valuable experience that he took back to his home country in an effort to create a more engaged and involved scientific community. Upon returning to Iraq, Majeed began working for Salahaddin University-Erbil as a lecturer of zoology, neurobiology and English.

UK Neurobiology Professor Brings Students, Faculty Together

The connection between two neurons in the brain has been an intriguing topic to Robin Cooper, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky. Cooper has been at UK for 21 years teaching his true passion: synaptic transmissions. Cooper said he loves it so much that he “often goes on tangents” and has to be reminded by his students to stay on track during lectures.

Get to Know One of UK’s Most Popular Exchange Programs at Maynooth University

Students can learn more about one of University of Kentucky’s most popular exchange programs at Maynooth University, just 15 miles west of Dublin, Ireland, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, in 207 Bradley Hall.

“No student has ever come back from Maynooth with a bad experience, they love it,” said Laurence Tuccori, exchanges coordinator.

International Students Invited to Training Session for GoinGlobal, New Job Search Software

GoinGlobal is a new software that facilitates the job search process for all University of Kentucky students. The software provides students, faculty and staff with access to a toolkit of resources, which include guides to major cities and countries around the world, internship and job opportunities, and data on cost of living, among many other resources.

UK's Office of China Initiatives, Confucius Institute Increasing Size of Jilin University Summer Teaching Program

Beginning in 2015, University of Kentucky's Office of China Initiatives (OCI) and Confucius Institute (UKCI) have offered UK Education Week @ Jilin University, a summer teaching program at Jilin University (JLU), in order to strengthen collaborative teaching and research between the two universities. This year, due to the popularity of the program with students, the OCI and UKCI have increased the number of faculty they will send to China this summer from three to 10. Applications for this program are being taken now through Feb. 1.

Passionate About Service, South Korean Senior Prepares to Begin Life After UK

Economics major Jeesun Lim is one student who has thoroughly enjoyed her undergraduate years at the University of Kentucky. Aside from holding leadership positions on campus as the secretary and vice president of the Korean Association as well as the treasurer of the International Student Council, she has found a sense of community and made lasting friendships and connections.

UK Indonesian Athlete Finds a Passionate Community in The Big Blue Nation

Throughout her undergraduate years, Nadia Ravita contributed to the vibrant sports culture at the University of Kentucky as a player for the women’s tennis team. At a point in her undergraduate tennis career, she ranked as high as 22nd in the nation. Overcoming obstacles and various injuries, Ravita continuously strived for success in the sport. The senior is now poised to graduate in a few weeks with a degree in management and finance.

Indonesian Student Performs at Multicultural Student Thanksgiving Dinner

Indonesian student Endras Fadhilah performed at the 11th annual Multicultural Student Thanksgiving dinner held Tuesday.

The Multicultural Student Thanksgiving dinner is organized annually as a way to share the American tradition with the University of Kentucky’s multicultural community. The event enables many international students and scholars to experience what could be—and often is— their first American Thanksgiving dinner.

UK Master’s Student Researches HIV/AIDS in the Dominican Republic

After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from The Ohio State University, Angel Algarin had plans to become a veterinarian. He would soon find out that he had to steer himself in another direction. Algarin wanted to study HIV/AIDS, and he knew that he had to find a way to follow this passion. Soon after, he applied for the master’s degree program in public health at the University of Kentucky.

UK Senior Presents at National Women’s Studies Association Conference

A Nigerian native, Tiwaladeoluwa Adekunle has found a passion for research in the Big Blue Nation. University of Kentucky English and international studies double-major, Adekunle was motivated by her professor and mentor, Charlie Zang MD, to apply to be a presenter in the National Women’s Studies Association Conference held in Montreal, Quebec, this year. The senior received the good news of her acceptance at the beginning of summer break, which gave her time to prepare for her talk on “Afropolitanism: The Pre and Post Dynamics of Decolonization.”

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