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Have you ever seen a virtual international healthcare experience that engages you with an underserved community and time in clinic? UK’s Shoulder to Shoulder Global (STSG), in collaboration with the community of Santo Domingo, Ecuador and an interprofessional UK faculty leadership team, offered its second virtual health brigade experience January 4-8, where students, faculty, staff and community members participated in a unique transformative, educational and cultural experience.
University of Kentucky international alumna Jie “Grace” Dai, was awarded NAFSA’s Region VI Champion of Diversity and Inclusion in International Education Award for her work supporting diversity and promoting cross-cultural experiences at UK.
An international doctoral geology student from Brazil, currently living in Lexington, KY, who is devoted to education and research, decided to do his second doctorate at University of Kentucky.
The University of Kentucky has honored two students with awards for their demonstration of superior involvement and service in the university and Lexington community.
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center has partnered with both national and international academic institutions to create the first collaborative initiative involving multiple government-supported and non-government cancer centers from India and the United States.
“Take the opportunity if you see it. If you can’t, create it.” – is the motto of UK Wildcat Xuanhao Wo, who believes in creating his own opportunities for career growth. Unlike other internship opportunities, his current job as a finance intern didn’t exist when he applied. He earned it instead.
The UK International Center always pursues the connection between its alumni no matter where they are geographically. During 2020, the University of Kentucky Alumni Association and Office of China Initiatives hosted its first-ever virtual China Alumni gathering on October 30. The event was originally supposed to be held in-person in both Beijing and Shanghai, China past March, but had to be converted to a virtual setting due to COVID-19.
The International Center, in collaboration with the Graduate School and College of Arts & Sciences, launched a seven-week program for international graduate students planning to begin their studies at UK in spring 2021. The Graduate Community and Academic Transition Series (GradCATS) program was designed to introduce new graduate students to UK and the surrounding area, build a sense of community among incoming graduate students as well as continuing graduate students, and better prepare participants for the academic demands of their programs.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has made it challenging for all students to return to campus, one group in particular is dealing with more uncertainty — international students. Amid travel restrictions and embassy closures, the UK International Center developed an innovative online program. Global Wildcats allowed 20 international students, who were slated to come to the University of Kentucky campus in Fall 2020, to begin their academic journey from their home countries.
Tamunoemi Braide, an international UK senior student from Port Harcourt, Nigeria majoring in chemical engineering, is working under the Hobbs Research Lab group investigating the degradation of the SARS CoV-2 (also known as COVID-19) RNA in wastewater.