Jonathan Ryan Hunt (Centre ’15), was recently awarded a NSF Graduate Research Grant!

Big congratulations to Jonathan Ryan Hunt (Centre ’15), who was recently awarded a NSF Graduate Research Grant!

He states, “my research proposal detailed efforts to create, through both experimental and theoretical means, a catalog of molecules detailing the effects of those molecules when used in the surface functionalization of hematite. Hematite is basically rust, but it actually shows great promise as a photoanode for water splitting (production of hydrogen and oxygen gas) in the next generation of solar cells. That’s of course great because rust is cheap and plentiful, but currently it’s not quite cutting it. Research has been done in attempts to improve its utilization in solar cells via various surface functionalizations, but I took this a step further in my proposal by increasing the breadth and depth of the topic. Our lab (under Dr. Jahan Dawlaty) has a unique combination of resources that would allow me to pursue this breadth and depth.”

He further states, “my personal statement did involve a discussion of Appalachia and the Brown Fellows Program. The hope to return and play an active role in increasing the educational opportunities of those in Kentucky played a prominent role, as did the hope to lead an initiative to displace coal as a major energy resource while providing comparable or better economic resources to affected communities [after all, you can find rust anywhere!].”
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Centre Brown Fellows to serve as student leaders.

Congratulations to the Centre Brown Fellows listed below. Last week, they were elected by their peers to serve as student leaders during the 2016-17 academic year.

Bryce Rowland ’17 – SGA Speaker of the House
Mason Paas ’17 – President of the Student Senate
Noah Martin ’18 – Student Judiciary Representative & Division II Junior Student Senator
Amaryst Parks ’18 – Student Judiciary Representative
Cate Heine ’18 – Student Judiciary Representative & Division III Junior Student Senator
Lola Fakunle ’17 – Division III Senior Student Senator

Alli Grant (U of L ’15) is the focus of a new promotional video for U of L.

Among other things, she talks about how her Brown Fellows enrichment experiences in Fiji and England prepared her for medical school and her career as a doctor.
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Sindhu Parupalli (U of L ’19), quoted in the Courier-Journal, helping make an impact in Louisville.

Sindhu Parupalli (U of L ’19), quoted in the Courier-Journal, helping make an impact in Louisville.
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Reforesting Russell: Citizens plant 166 trees

Volunteers with Love Louisville Trees plant 166 trees in the Russell neighborhood on Saturday.

Rachel Bischoff (Centre ’18) plays the Balladeer

Rachel Bischoff (Centre ’18) plays the Balladeer in DramaCentre’s “Assassins” performance.
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Brown Fellows presenting John C. Young Scholar independent research

Jeannie Corbitt (Centre ’16), Qinpu He (Centre ’16), and Matt Hughes (Centre ’16) are all presenting their John C. Young Scholar independent research at the annual symposium at Centre.
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Matt Hughes (Centre ’16) talks Men’s Lacrosse

Matt Hughes (Centre ’16) talks Men’s Lacrosse SAA Tournament, traveling to 30 countries, grad. school in London & much more! Special thanks to Centre College Athletics for the info.

Congratulations to Zachary Herde – U of L ’16

Congratulations to Zachary Herde (U of L ’16), whose research on high-surface-area carbons has been accepted for presentation at Posters-at-the-Capitol on February 25, 2016. This event, which brings together some of the brightest undergraduates in the Read more here.

U of L Fellows on the radio

The Brown Fellows Program is featured on today’s episode of the U of L Today with Mark Hebert radio show! Follow the link to hear about the program and the experiences of Alice Darling (U of L ’17) and Eric Hahnert (U of L ’19). The Brown Fellows segment runs from 11:10 to 21:27 in the audio file.

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Chris Bird, U of L ’18, heads to the White House

Congratulations to Chris Bird (U of L ’18), who will spend Spring 2016 as an intern at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Chris will spend his first Speed School co-op semester exploring the intersection between his interests in civil engineering and environmental policy as he works for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Oversight Office, reviewing federal agencies’ compliance with NEPA and learning about the ways government offices must consider how their actions will affect the environment. Chris is the latest Brown Fellow to follow an interest in advocacy and activism to Washington, D.C. How– and where– will you pursue your interests to change the world?

Read more about the Council on Environmental Quality here.