Sarah Bennett Holmes Award
Congratulations to the 2023 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Recipients!
Tiana Thè, Public Relations and Marketing
Dr. Cassandra Gipson-Reichardt, Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, College of Medicine
Graduate Student Award
Alyssa Stubbers, Chemical and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering
Inclusive Job Description Team, Human Development Institute
Michele Laur, Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Jessica Whiting, Kimberly Wickert
Sarah Bennett Holmes Legacy
Sarah Bennett Holmes, a distinguished former Dean of Women at the University of Kentucky, tirelessly championed the rights of women throughout her career. Widowed at a young age, Holmes raised four children while completing her own education. She then began a successful career at UK where she inspired young women to persevere in the face of hardship and pursue their career goals. Among her accomplishments, Holmes developed work programs for women during the Depression.
In her honor, the UK Women's Forum created the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award. Since 1994, the annual Sarah Bennett Holmes Award has been bestowed upon UK employees who have achieved professional and personal success while promoting the growth and well-being of all women at the University of Kentucky and beyond.
In 2021, the Sarah Bennett Holmes committee and UKWF Board decided to expand to four award categories: one staff recipient, one faculty recipient, one graduate student recipient, and a team-based award. Individuals can be nominated or self-nominate unlimited times but may only win an award one time. Teams can be nominated multiple times but may only receive the Team Award one time for one project/initiative. Descriptions for each of these awards can be found below.
Faculty & Staff Awards
The Sarah Bennett Holmes Faculty & Staff Awards recognize two UK employees, one faculty member and one staff member, for their contributions to issues that affect women at the University and across the Commonwealth. These awards bring recognition for efforts that would otherwise go unnoticed through typical channels. Award winners will receive a prize of $1000. All nominees will be recognized during the annual Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards ceremony in March.
Faculty & Staff Award nominees must:
Graduate Student Award
The Sarah Bennett Holmes Graduate Student award recognizes a graduate student for their contributions to issues that affect women at the University and across the Commonwealth. This award brings recognition to efforts that would otherwise go unnoticed through typical channels. Award winners will receive a prize of $1000. All nominees will be recognized during the annual Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards ceremony in March.
Graduate Student Award nominees must:
The Sarah Bennett Holmes Team Award recognizes a team of faculty, staff, students, and/or external partners who have shown efforts to promote the wellbeing and growth of women at the University and throughout the commonwealth. Team awards submissions should demonstrate significant contributions to the women community at UK or in the community. All award nominees will be recognized at the Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards ceremony in March.
Team Award nominees must:
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2022 Dr. Carrie Oser, Department of Sociology
2022 Clarissa Cheatwood, Family and Consumer Sciences
2022 Mehrana Mohtasebi, Graduate Student, College of Engineering
2022 UK Neurology Department's Wellness & Resiliency Committee
2021 Christina Walker Teaching, Learning & Academic Innovation
2021 Hana Khamfroush College of Engineering
2021 Mel Lesch Graduate Student, Gender and Women's Studies
2021 UK Neurology Department's Wellness & Resiliency Committee
2020 Fadyia Lowe University Health Services
2020 Dr. Deborah Reed College of Nursing and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
2019 Micaha Hughes College of Engineering
2019 Janet Lumpp College of Engineering
2018 Lisa Collins College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment
2018 Debra Moser College of Nursing
2017 Christia Brown College of Arts & Sciences, Psychology
2017 Kimberly Sayre College of Engineering
2016 Kristin Ashford College of Nursing
2016 Nicole Waite Nurse Recruiting
2015 Pamela Remer College of Education
2015 Joanne Brown University Health Service
2014 Elisia Cohen Department of Communication
2014 Meg Marquis The Honors Program
2013 Lynne Jensen College of Nursing
2013 Kathleen Sheppard-Jones Human Development Institute
2012 Ann Bassoni Work Life Department
2012 Gail Kennedy UK Libraries
2011 Louise Graham College of Law
2011 Dana Walton-Maculay Dean of Students
2010 Christy Burch Violence Intervention and Prevention Center
2010 Diane Snow Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology
2009 C. Lynn Hiler Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence
2009 Lynda Brown Wright Dept.of Educational, School & Counseling Psychology
2008 Suzanne Springate UK Healthcare
2008 Sheila Woods College of Medicine
2007 Penny Cox Information Technology
2007 Joanna Badagliacca College of Arts & Sciences
2006 Jeanette Caldwell Human Resources
2006 Nancy Brown Johnson Gatton College of Business & Economics
2005 Ann Amerson Pharmacy Practice and Science
2005 Carol Jordan Center for Research on Violence Against Women
2004 Dorothy Brockopp College of Nursing
2003 Jacqueline Gibson Internal Medicine
2002 Kim Anderson College of Engineering
2001 Louise Stone Experiential Education
2000 Suzanne Scheff College of Engineering
1999 Pamella Shaw Kentucky Community Cancer Program
1998 Venda Ridgeway UK Postal Service
1997 Linda Linville Kentucky Cancer Program
1996 Abby Marlatt Professor Emeritus, College of Human Environmental Science
1995 Cheryl Birch Dept. of Opthamology
1994 Betty Gabehart UK Advising Center
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