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UK International Student Achieves her Goals Through Undergraduate Research Assistantship

Immersed in the student experience by getting involved in a variety of campus activities at the University of Kentucky, Ines Elena of Madrid, Spain, is ready to add one more thing to her to-do list. Starting in fall 2017, Elena will be an undergraduate research assistant to UK psychology Professor Thomas Zentall. The UK sophomore is eager to begin her research with Zentall, as she focuses on her future goal of attending graduate school.

1994 Malaysian UK Graduate Still Bleeds Blue and Recalls His Journey as a Cat

Approximately 10,000 miles away from the Blue Grass community, a would-be executive manager travelled to Lexington to complete his education —a steppingstone to achieving his dream. However, more than college education, Lim Shen Sim, who graduated 23 years ago, found a connection with the Big Blue nation and had what he considers “some of the most unforgettable moments in his life.”

University of Kentucky Professor Pursues her Passion for Biodiversity in Tanzania

“Nchi ya Amani” means the country of peace in Swahili and is used to refer to the African country of Tanzania- a highly biodiverse nation that houses one of the natural wonders of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater. It is no wonder that assistant professor of the University of Kentucky’s Geography department, Betsy Beymer-Farris, fell in love with Tanzania when she first visited during her undergraduate career at Wittenberg University.

From São Paulo to Lexington, Fulbright Student Discovers the Joys of the Bluegrass

Fulbright student, Sofia Ferraz, has spent the last few months dedicated to her postgraduate research in marketing, as well as exploring all that the University of Kentucky and Lexington have to offer. Over the months that she has spent at UK, Ferraz has been involved with multiple groups and societies both on campus and around Lexington.

Turkmenistan Opens its Doors to UK Fulbrighter, Alan DeYoung

Turkmenistan, which used to be part of the Soviet Union, has been mostly closed to visitors for the past thirty years. This year, University of Kentucky’s emeritus professor of sociology and educational policy studies was given the opportunity to work there as a Fulbright Scholar. Alan DeYoung, the first Fulbrighter to enter the country in almost a decade, brought with him his eagerness to learn more about human development strategies in Turkmenistan and to help create a new sociology program.

UKCI Spring Break Camps

Spring Break is right around the corner and parents will be looking for activities to keep their children engaged throughout the week. The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute has the perfect solution to ensure children have a fun and educational break, by offering a Chinese Language and Culture Spring Break Camp.

The camp will run from April 3-April 7, with activities beginning at 9 a.m., and ending at 4 p.m. each day on the UK campus at Blazer Dining Hall.

UK Shoulder to Shoulder Brigades Serve Ecuador during the Spring Break

Shoulder to Shoulder Global (STSG) is leading 47 University of Kentucky students, faculty and community members on a nine-day interdisciplinary health brigade experience on March 11-19 in Santo Domingo, Ecuador.

The brigade will continue STSG’s tradition of incorporating academic and community partners to improve the health and well being of impoverished and underserved communities, while offering students and health professionals the opportunity to work in a multicultural and interdisciplinary setting.

Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia to Visit the University of Kentucky

The consul general of the Republic of Indonesia, Mdm. Rosmalawati Chalid, will visit the University of Kentucky to meet with university leadership and to visit the Indonesian community of UK and Lexington. Chalid will be joined by Fajar Yusuf, consul for information, social, and cultural affairs and another staff member from the consulate’s office.

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.


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