On Thursday, April 16th from 3-4:30 p.m. the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center will be celebrating the results of four undergraduate researcher’s projects in their Learning Lab internship program. Stacie Williams, Learning Lab Manager and Honors Program instructor, started up this important program two years ago. It has served as a powerful way to engage students in experiential education as well as to combine their academic work from traditional classroom settings with service-learning projects that will benefit the community for years to come.
We here in UGE are proud to see that two of the four interns are part of our Academy for Undergraduate Excellence programs:
Ann Baillie, a rising junior and English major, is a Honors Program student currently enrolled in the HON 395 independent study course taught by Stacie Williams.
Baillie’s project for the Learning Lab internship was to process the “Cakes & Ale Club” records, a collection from the Club’s founder, the Lexington lawyer Judge Samuel M. Wilson. Wilson was a great supporter of Lexington Public Library and the Kentucky Historical Society. Baillie has written an article about her experiences that has been reviewed and accepted for publication in The Reading Room by summer 2015.
Faith vanMeter, a rising senior majoring in psychology and piano performance, is an Honors Program student as well as having served as a Chellgren Fellow. Her research project as a Fellow last year was a study on correlations between substance abuse, socio-economic status and child abuse, and she was mentored by Dr. Peggy Keller of the Department of Psychology.
vanMeter’s work in the Learning Lab was to compile primary sources that document the history of the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital here in Lexington known as the “U.S. Narcotic Farm.” Founded in 1935 to serve “volunteer” patients for experimental treatments for drug and alcohol abuse, the institution became a federal prison in 1974 but kept its “psychiatric hospital” title until 1998. vanMeter’s scholarly product as a result of this work will be a poster presentation at the 2015 Kentucky Library Association Conference in September in Louisville.
This kind of connection between the UGE’s Academy for Undergraduate Excellence, internships in the University’s laboratories (whether for the bench sciences or, as in this case, for the humanities and social sciences), and scholarly publications is an important one for UK student success. Congratulations to the faculty and staff who advised and mentored these students as they contributed to the “wealth” in the knowledge society of our Commonwealth.
See also Whitney Hale’s article in UKNow (April 15, 2015).