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Global Impact Awards

The UK Global Impact Awards seek to recognize alumni, faculty, and staff achievements and contributions towards enhancing the University of Kentucky's global engagement through research, education, and service, as well as fostering a culturally diverse, welcoming environment that is conducive to comprehensive campus internationalization.

Winners will be announced and honored at the UK Global Impact Awards reception, which will be held virtually or in person, as conditions permit, in late April or early May.

Nominations will involve submission of a narrative (1-3 pages) describing the nominee’s qualities, achievement and work, and how these reflect the criteria listed for the relevant UK Global Impact award, along with a current C.V. of the nominee.

Self-nominations will be asked to submit one letter of reference in support of their nomination.

Now Accepting Nominations through March 22

Self-nominations are accepted.

Award Categories

Click on each award to learn more.

Alumni Global Impact

This award seeks to recognize alumni whose highly distinguished careers have featured significant work outside the United States that has resulted in outstanding contributions to their communities or professions in global contexts, and/or who have exemplified ideals of global citizenship through the promotion of inter-cultural communication and mutual understanding, international peace and security, or responsible and sustainable international development.

Distinguished Faculty Achievements in International Research & Scholarship

This award seeks to recognize UK faculty who demonstrate a commitment to global engagement through research and scholarship, with well-established and ongoing records of international research activities.

Distinguished Faculty Achievements in Education Abroad

This award seeks to recognize UK faculty who demonstrate a commitment to global engagement and excellence in teaching through facilitating an education abroad program.

Distinguished Faculty Achievements in Internationalizing the Curriculum

This award seeks to recognize UK faculty who demonstrate a commitment to global engagement through activities and leadership in internationalizing the curriculum, with well-established and ongoing records of incorporating significant global perspectives and intercultural components to educational activities taking place on the UK campus.

Distinguished Staff Achievements in Campus Internationalization

This award seeks to recognize UK non-academic staff who demonstrate outstanding commitment, support and service to international students, staff, or visiting scholars/researchers at UK, and/or to UK students, faculty and staff engaging in education abroad activities.

2020 Global Impact Award Winners

Srimati Basu, professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

UK Global Impact Award for Distinguished Faculty Achievement in International Research and Scholarship 

This award recognizes Professor Basu for her impactful research tracking the legacies of feminist reforms in India. “Over the past two decades, Basu has conducted research in multiple sites in India, provided expert testimony to the UN, and collaborated with several NGOs,” Ellen Riggle, chair of GWS, said. “Additionally, she has been successful in receiving grants from the American Institute for Indian Studies, Fulbright-Nehru and the Rockefeller Foundation.” 

Jeffrey Seay, associate professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering

UK Global Impact Award for Distinguished Faculty Achievement in International Research and Scholarship 

This award recognizes Professor Seay for his applied research work around the deployment of various sustainable energy technologies to empower communities in developing economies, such as Cameroon, the Dominican Republic, India, Nepal and Uganda. “Jeff brings scholarship to everything he does. He has studied how and why many technological solutions with potential to combat poverty never get into the hands of users that need them the most,” Noble Banadda, chair of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Makerere University, said.  

Patricia Hyjer Dyk, associate professor and director of graduate studies, Department of Community and Leadership Development, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

UK Global Impact Award for Distinguished Faculty Achievement in Education Abroad 

This award recognizes Professor Dyk for her dedication in leading UK students on transformative education abroad experiences in the Czech Republic. “Dyk has a unique way of teaching and uses culturally responsive teaching most effectively,” Christien Russell, a UK alumnus, said. “I can honestly say that she serves as a change agent for diversity, equity and inclusion for education.” 

Melody Ryan, professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy

UK Global Impact Award for Distinguished Faculty Achievement in Internationalizing the Curriculum 

This award recognizes Professor Ryan for her innovative work and outstanding dedication to internationalizing education in UK’s College of Pharmacy, prior to her assuming her current role as assistant provost for Global Health Initiatives. Since 2007, Ryan has directed International Professional Education in UK Pharmacy. Her leadership in these efforts has resulted in 1 out of every 4 students in the college participating in an international experience. “Under her direction, perceptions about the life of Ecuadorian and U.S. students are shared, then demystified using a cross-cultural participatory perspective,” Tom Young and Craig Borie, said in their nomination letter. “Melody’s leadership and close collaboration with her local and international colleagues is paramount for the fun and success of this and the many diverse student perspective activities she administers.” 

Patricia Whitlow, director of Nationally Competitive Awards

UK Global Impact Award for Distinguished Staff Achievement in Campus Internationalization

This award recognizes Dr. Whitlow’s dedication to, and support of, UK students as they apply for highly competitive national and international scholarships. She is an especially enthusiastic supporter of the Fulbright student program and her efforts in this area have resulted in record numbers of submissions and successful applications over recent years. “It is not just Pat’s success in helping UK students receive international awards and scholarships; it is more a matter of her imparting to our students, with great enthusiasm, the personal benefits of international education and the distinct advantage to students who think, learn, and live within a global perspective,” Phil Kraemer, Chellgren Endowed Chair in the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence and professor of psychology, said. 

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