Collectively, investors committed $48,561 by the end of the competition—over $10,000 more than the previous year.
Fortner graduated with a mechanical engineering degree and is a current ME graduate student.
Chemical engineering lecturer Sarah Wilson became interested in research on engineering student mental health while attending an engineering education conference.
Nathan Jacobs, Yu Zhang and Gongbo Liang are exploring ways of using techniques from machine learning and computer vision to analyze astronomy images.
This year, the college is raising funds to unlock challenge gifts that will create new scholarships for women, persons from diverse populations and first-generation students.
UK scientists, including professor and KWRRI director Lindell Ormsbee, are partnering with Beam Suntory to study water sustainability.
Winners are selected among a pool of international applicants including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career professionals.
The Kentucky-West Virginia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (KY-WV LSAMP), spearheaded by UK, is responsible for the program.
Attendees receive professional development credit which can be applied toward the requirement for maintaining professional engineering licensure.
Awards are made in the form of grants to accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees, with the faculty advisor serving as the principal investigator.