The Academy for Undergraduate Excellence was established last year to craft meaningful collaborations among UK’s premier academic enrichment programs for the benefit of all undergraduates. Dr. Philipp Kraemer coordinates the Academy which combines and works across several Undergraduate Education units in an intentional way:
- Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence – led by Dr. Phil Kraemer (Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences)
- First Generation Initiatives – led by Matthew Deffendall (which includes First Scholars and Robinson Scholars)
- Gaines Center for the Humanities – led by Dr. Phil Harling (History, College of Arts & Sciences) and Dr. Lisa Broome
- Honors Program and Residence College – led in an interim capacity by Dr. Diane Snow (Anatomy and Neurobiology, College of Medicine)
- Office of Nationally Competitive Awards – led by Dr. Pat Whitlow
- Service-Learning and Civic Engagement – led by Dr. Katherine McCormick (Early Childhood, College of Education)
- Undergraduate Research – led by Dr. Diane Snow and Bessie Guerrant
Through the Academy deeply committed students can extend and enrich learning within academic majors, minors, living learning programs, and the UK Core. For example, sophomores mentored by Chellgren professors (see the list at http://www.uky.edu/academy/chellgren_people) in a scholarly project are eminently poised to succeed in applying for a Gaines Fellowship for their junior year and complete a major independent study project in their senior year.
The Student Outreach Team includes the Chellgren Student Fellows Program, First Generation Initiatives, Nationally Competitive Awards and SPUR from Undergraduate Research, representing the Academy at both on-campus and off-campus events.
The Honors Residential College offers many resources to its students but primarily emphasizes peer-to-peer interactions strengthened by a series of co-curricular activities conducive to learning and discovery. Many of the faculty and staff from across campus who teach, mentor or offer support for extracurricular activities in the Honors Program also serve as Gaines Seminar faculty, Chellgren Professors or as sponsors for Undergraduate Research students.
This year all the units in the Academy supported the Undergraduate Research Showcase in Spring 2015. Emphasizing the interconnections among the constituent programs, the Academy affords all students individualized paths to academic excellence.