The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has recognized 12 undergraduates as new scholars for the Gaines Fellowship Program for the 2015-2016 and 20116-2017 academic years.
The Gaines Fellowships are given to students who maintain a set of standards set by the Center for the Humanities. Students must maintain a record of outstanding academic performance, have showcased their ability to conduct independent research, and have an interest in public issues with a desire to expand knowledge of human conditions by way of the humanities.
The Gaines Fellows have an academic schedule unlike most. Fellows are required to take four-credit hours per semester in the field of humanities. They must complete a jury project as well as conduct an independent study project. A thesis paper is also required and students must present their findings before a committee composed of three university faculty members and the director of the Gaines Center.
The Gaines Center was founded in 1984 by John and Joan Gaines to serve as a place where students can gather together to conduct humanities work in a creative environment where the use of imagination is strongly encouraged.
The new Gaines fellows are:
David Cole, of Monticell, Kentucky, majoring in English
Eva Cortes, of Lexington, majoring in international studies and French
Rachel Dixon, of Lexington, majoring in English, Spanish and writing, rhetoric and digital studies
Nathan Hewitt, of Fishers, Indiana, majoring in music performance, and arts administration
Kaylee Hicks, of Versailles, Kentucky, majoring in international studies
Alex Krupp, of Atlanta, Georgia, majoring in History and political science
Ami Kucharski, of Brookfield, Wisconsin, majoring in chemistry and and phsyics
Hannah Latta, of Mayfield, Kentucky, majoring ion biology
Sam Northrup, of Wilmore, Kentucky, majoring in political science and international studies
Boone Proffitt, of Louisville, Kentucky, majoring in civil engineering
Abby Schroering, of Louisville, majoring in theatre and English
Natalie Watkins, of Barrington, Illinois, majoring in English and gender and women’s studies.