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These graduate students found that UofL was a place where they could explore their interests and achieve their dreams.

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July 2014

Jason Rice wearing a blue baseball cap and blue shirt standing in front of Lupu Bridge.
Jason Rice has earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Transylvania University, a M.S. in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville, and is now working towards a PhD... Full Story
June 2014

Allison Perkins - profile pose wearing a black and white shirt with red pants.

Allison Perkins graduated cum laude from Centre College in Danville, KY in 2009 with a BS in Math and a minor in Computer Science.  She then received her MA in Math from the University of Louisville...Full Story
May 2014

Jelisa Clark profile picture wearing a black shirt and short hair
Jelisa Clark graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.  She then went on pursue a MA in sociology at the University of Louisville...Full Story
April 2014

Karen Collins Profile
Karen received a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1984 and 1992, respectively.  After being employed as an engineer for several years, Karen gave it all up in order to pursue a PhD...Full Story
March 2014

Lauren Zimmaro profile - wearing a grey top and long brown hair
Lauren Zimmaro is working toward her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in the Mindfulness and Biobehavioral Health Research lab under Dr. Sandra Sephton.  She graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest University with a major in psychology and a minor in biology.  As an undergraduate, she was an active member of Student Government, Delta Delta Delta sorority, and worked as a research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Wake Forest Medical School.  Upon graduating, she moved to Washington, DC and continued in psychology research at the Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)...Full Story
February 2014

Ben "Max" Adams 3
Mr. Adams received a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in entomology at Louisiana State University where he conducted research on the response of ant communities to disturbances in forests, the rafting behavior of fire ants during floods, and the various effects of oil spills on coastal insects. Mr. Adams is currently working on his Ph.D. in biology...Full Story
January 2014

profile of Heather Hunt in blue outfit
Heather Hunt graduated high school in 2005 from DuPont Manual here in Louisville. After graduation, she went on to attend the University of Kentucky where she earned a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Statistics in 2009.  Ms. Hunt started at the University of Louisville in August of 2009 as a Master’s student in Mathematics...Full Story
December 2013

Gregory Justice (blue shirt) standing next to the Legal Aid Society
Mr. Justis completed his undergraduate degree, a B.A. in Criminal Justice, at Indiana University in 2000. Soon thereafter, he went on to continue his education at Michigan State University, earning a M.S. in Criminal Justice in 2004...Full Story
November 2013

Nick Kuypers
Directly out of high school, Mr. Kuypers, received a full scholarship from the University of New Orleans to pursue Jazz Studies as an upright/electric bassist.  After earning his degree, Nick moved back home to Chicago and began performing professionally as a free-lance musician. As time passed, so did his passion for life as a performing artist.  He went back to school to explore other career options at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). As a psychology and physiology major, he had the opportunity to work in two neuroscience labs whose focus was on the recovery of function following traumatic brain injury...Full Story      
October 2013

Venkata Gullapalli - profile

Mr. Gullapalli received his undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Technology, in Civil Engineering from V.R. Siddhartha Engineering College, India.  He then came to the United States where he obtained a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Louisville and is now in his 4th year working towards a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering...Full Story
August 2013

Brynn Dombroski August Student Spotlight
Dr. Brynn Dombroski received her AA degree in Psychology and her AS degree in Criminal Justice Technology from the College of Central Florida. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Marketing from Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Dombroski received her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Prior to attending UofL, Dr. Dombroski worked with autistic children and adults as a behavioral therapist for Eden Autism Services of Florida...Full Story
July 2013

Harley Ferris - Closeup

Harley Ferris began college in 1994 as a music major and dropped out in 1997 to pursue opportunities in the music industry. He returned to school in 2007 as an English major, graduating summa cum laude at Jacksonville University in 2010.  Harley completed his MA in English at the University of Louisville in 2012, and is looking forward to his second (and final) year of coursework in UofL's PhD in Rhetoric and Composition program...Full Story
June 2013

Abu Sufiyan received a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2003. In 2005, he received a Masters in Development Studies from University of Dhaka. Currently, Abu is a Ph.D. candidate in Urban and Public Affairs at UofL. ..Full Story
May 2013

Hollye Wright
Hollye Wright graduated from UofL in 2006 Magna Cum Laude with a double major in English and Humanities. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching in 2008 and an MA in English from UofL in 2010. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition...Full Story
April 2013

Matt Berry - Closeup

Matt Berry received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH in May of 2006.  He also completed, in May of 2011, a Master of Science in Management & Organizational Behavior with concentrations in both Organizational Behavior and Organizational Development from...Full Story
March 2013

Amerisa Closeup

Amerisa Waters received both a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography and a Masters in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS). She is currently working on a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Bioethics and Medical Humanities....Full Story
February 2013

Scott Smith - Closup

Scott Smith received an Associates Degree in General Studies from The Ohio State University in 2000, a Bachelor of Science in Physics from The University of Louisville in 2003, and a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Louisville in 2005. He will graduate with a Ph.D. in Physics from UofL in 2014...Full Story
January 2013

Anne Harrell
Anne Harrell graduated with honors from the University of Louisville in 2011 with a BS in Biology, concentration in subcellular and molecular biology. She is currently a second year Masters in Public Health student studying health behavior and health promotion. Anne will graduate in May 2013 with her MPH...Full Story
December 2012

Per Svensson
Per Svensson graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Sport Management and a minor in Marketing from Slippery Rock University in 2006. In 2011, he earned an M.S. in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville with summa cum laude honors...Full Story
November 2012

Yvonne Freckmann

Yvonne Freckmann is a second-year music composition master's student at UofL, studying with Dr. Marc Satterwhite. In 2010, Yvonne received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and composition from Trinity University in San Antonio....Full story
October 2012

Christopher Crawford 2
Christopher Crawford received a BBA in International Business Management at the University of Toledo in 1992. He spent his junior year abroad at University of Salford, in Salford, England. In 2002, he received an MBA in Marketing at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio... Full story


September 2012
April Herrity
April Herrity received a B.S. degree from the University of New Mexico in 1998 and then continued her education at Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles, obtaining a doctoral degree in 2003. At the University of Louisville, she completed her M.S. degree in Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology in 2011 and is expected to complete her doctorate by 2014....Full Story
August 2012

Amy Lueck
Amy Lueck received a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Loyola University Chicago in 2006, and an M.A. in English from University of Pittsburgh in 2010....Full Story
July 2012

Jocelyn Matsuo

Jocelyn Matsuo received a B.A. in Social Media Semiotics from Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, in 2006. She then moved to London where she completed the postgrad course of study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She trained with Thomas Leabhart in Decroux Technique (Abstract Mime). Currently, Jocelyn is starting her third and final year as an M.F.A in Performance candidate in the Theatre Department at UofL...Full Story
June 2012

Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams graduated summa cum laude from the Honors Program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (i.e., Virginia Tech) in 2007 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. In July of 2007, she enrolled in the clinical psychology doctoral program at UofL and was awarded a Masters of Arts in psychology in December of 2010....Full Story
May 2012

Mark Williams

Mark Williams received a B.A. in Communications from Wheaton College and an M.A. in English Education from Appalachian State University. Mark is currently a Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville where his research focuses on communication across religious differences...Full Story
April 2012

Jeremy Hornbeck
Jeremy Hornbeck received a B.S. in Physics from Eastern Kentucky University in 2005 and a M.S. in Physics from UofL in 2011. Jeremy is now a Ph.D. student in the physics department at UofL, where his research is in the field of astrophysics, and more specifically, circumstellar disks and exoplanets...Full Story
March 2012
Tanvir Bhuiyan
Tanvir Bhuiyan’s focus for both his bachelor’s and master’s was in Water Resources Engineering. He received both degrees from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2005 and 2009. He then spent several years working at Bangladesh Water Development Board, a leading organization for water resources management and development. He also worked at Intervida Bangladesh, an International NGO, where he was involved in providing quality infrastructure and sanitation facilities to those living in isolation or poverty...Full Story
February 2012
Caroline Chan
Caroline Chan received a BS in Biology from the University of Notre Dame in 1984. She spent the next 20 years in the school of life, raising her children. She enrolled in the School of Public Health and Information Science’s inaugural Master in Public Health class, graduating in 2007. Subsequently, she has been pursuing her PhD in Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences...Full Story
January 2012
Shyam Sharma

Shyam Sharma obtained his bachelor’s and his first master’s degree from Tribhuvan University, the only public university system of Nepal. Shyam is a fourth year PhD Fellow in Rhetoric and Composition at UofL....Full Story
December 2011
Katy Hopkins 2

Katy Hopkins graduated from New York University in 2004 with an Honors BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in theatre for social change. She began her doctoral work in counseling psychology at the University of Louisville in 2009....Full Story
November 2011
Damien Wilburn
Damien Wilburn graduated summa cum laude from UofL in 2009 with a double major in Biology (genetics concentration) and Math (statistics concentration). Currently, Damien is a PhD candidate in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology program where he fuses his passion for math and biology studying salamander peptide hormones....Full Story
October 2011
Katharine Salomon
Katharine Salomon’s academic journey began at Transylvania University where she received a Bachelor in Arts degree. She double majored in Psychology and Studio Art. A few decades later she earned a Master’s degree in justice administration from the University of Louisville. After completing her MS degree, she immediately started in UofL’s Interdisciplinary PhD program.....Full Story
September 2011
Julie Wade

As an undergraduate at a small liberal arts college in the Pacific Northwest, Julie Wade double-majored in psychology and creative writing and then headed directly to graduate school to pursue a Master of Arts in English.  Julie began teaching undergraduates in freshman composition classes at Western Washington University in 2001, and by the time she graduated in 2003, she knew she was hooked on teaching for life....Full Story
August 2011
Tareq Al-Maqtari 1
Tareq M. Al-Maqtari earned a BSc degree in Pharmacy from the University of Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria in 2003. In 2005, he joined Sanaa University in Yemen to work as a teaching assistant at the department of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemical chemistry. Tareq is about to start his 2nd year as a MSc student in the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at UofL...Full Story
July 2011
Marcy Werner
Marcy Werner earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio (photography and video) from the University of Kentucky in 1992. She is now working towards her Masters in Critical and Curatorial Studies here at the University of Louisville. As an avid bike rider, painter, trained metalsmith, and creator of mosaics, Marcy uses her interests in her studies by advocating for the preservation and easy access of the arts for public viewing...Full Story
June 2011
Mark Leach
Mark Leach, a practicing attorney at a local law firm, received his B.A., magna cum laude from Bradley University and his J.D., cum laude from Tulane Law School. Mr. Leach, a 2012 candidate for the Master’s of Arts in Bioethics program at the University of Louisville, fuses his academic research with his current law practice focusing on health care and public contract law...Full Story
May 2011
Jill Ward
Jill Ward graduated from Auburn University in 2007 with a bachelor’s in Animal Science, summa cum laude. She had her heart set on attending Auburn’s veterinary school and was honored to receive early admission. However, along the path of admission seeking, she became involved in a research laboratory at the vet school. After two years of lab work, she turned down vet school and starting looking for a graduate program to achieve a.... Full Story
April 2011
Denise Allen
Denise Allen, received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at the University of Kentucky. She was then certified as a Level I and II Principal, as a Director of Pupil Personnel, as an Instructional Supervisor, and as a Superintendent. Denise is graduating in May with her doctorate in Educational Leadership...  Full Story
March 2011
Brandy Jones
Brandy Jones earned a BA in 2000 from Berea College in Business Administration. In 2004, she began to work as an Instructor in an adult continuing education program. Ms. Jones then went on to obtain a MA in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville’s College of Education & Human Development (CEHD).  She immediately ....Full Story
February 2011
Richard Slawsky
Richard Slawsky, grew up in Louisville and graduated from Valley High School. He attended Murray State University as a freshman in 1978-79 and then transferred to the University of Illinois the following year.  After attending U of I for a year and a half, Richard ended up dropping out due to the financial strain....Full Story
January 2011
Jamie Bougher
Jamie Bougher received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physics with minors in both French and Mathematics from Michigan Technological University. She spent a summer at the University of Michigan to participate in REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) funded by the National Science Foundation. Jamie is currently a second year doctoral student at the University of Louisville studying Physics and Astronomy....Full Story

December 2010

Laneshia McCord
December’s student spotlight—Laneshia McCord—is a second year doctoral student in the Kent School of Social Work. She received a Bachelor's in Social Work at the University of Kentucky and then moved to Atlanta and worked for a few years, and while working went on to obtain a Master's in Social Work from the University of Georgia....Full Story

November 2010

Thomas Mowen
November’s student spotlight—Mr. Thomas Mowen—is a Master’s student in Sociology. Thomas started his undergraduate studies at Montana State University but after a year of classes and still not knowing what he wanted to do when he "grew up,” he became a semi-truck driver.  After a year of driving trucks...Full Story

October 2010

Cissy Yang
Xu (Cissy) Yang graduated from the University of Louisville in August 2010 with a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering. Soon after graduation, Ms. Yang began her current job as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL) at MIT. At MIT, Cissy is involved  ...Full Story

September 2010

Cynthia Britt
Dr. Cynthia Britt- who is the proud recipient of a brand new (August 2010) doctoral degree in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Louisville- received her Bachelor of Arts in English and her Masters of Arts in Rhetoric and Composition at Western Kentucky University. Before returning to school to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in English, Cynthia worked as  ...Full Story

June 2010

Travis Gault Close Up
Travis Gault is president of the 2010-2011 Graduate Student Council and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Electrical Engineering through the J.B. Speed School of Engineering.  Since he began his studies at the University of Louisville in 2000, Travis has graduated magna cum laude with dual bachelor’s degrees in ....Full Story

May 2010

Photograph of Allison Smith
Allison Smith graduated from the University of Louisville in May of 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a concentration in conservation ecology.  Since graduation, Allison has continued studying at U of L to pursue her doctorate in biology and is currently researching the effects of ....Full Story

April 2010

 Jay Stallons
Lindsey Jay Stallons is a graduate student currently pursuing his degree in the University of Louisville School of Medicine’s Pharmacology and Toxicology program.  Jay’s undergraduate studies at U of L in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry opened the door for his current research when....Full Story



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