Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence Announces 2021 Class of Chellgren Student Fellows

By C. Lynn Hiler

 The University of Kentucky Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence announces the 2021 class of Chellgren Student Fellows. Twenty fellows are from the College of Arts & Sciences.

The Chellgren Center Student Fellows Program aligns with the university’s goal of cultivating undergraduate excellence. By providing experiences that go beyond the classroom, students become prepared for the next phase of their career, whether it be graduate school, a position in their field, or a gap year dedicated to service. Created in 2005 with a gift from Paul Chellgren, a UK graduate, and his family, the Chellgren Center creates unique educational opportunities for outstanding undergraduate students and professors at the university. Chellgren’s commitment to undergraduate education at UK has impacted thousands by creating countless number of opportunities for UK students, staff and faculty.

The last academic year was certainly like no other, but the Chellgren Center is excited to return to a more traditional experience for the 2021 cohort of Chellgren Student Fellows as we celebrate our 15th year. Plans are also underway to add new opportunities for students, which will soon be shared. Philipp Kraemer, Chellgren chair, is optimistic about the coming year. “Technology certainly enabled the university to implement a meaningful higher education experience despite the pandemic, but we all look forward to a return to an in-person learning community.”

The Chellgren Student Fellows Program is supported by the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence within the Office of the Provost. To learn more about the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence, please visit

The fellows from the College of Arts and Sciences are:
  • Olivia Allran.
  • Madison Baker.
  • Meghan Brockman.
  • Isha Chauhan.
  • Ryan Crane.
  • Christine Haddad.
  • Leena Haider.
  • Shria Holla.
  • Tesslyn Hutchinson.
  • Katelyn Keen.
  • Abbey Loar.
  • Boston Oliver.
  • Emma Poole.
  • Nicholas Relich.
  • Hallie Rice.
  • Ross Shumard.
  • Lakyn Steffen.
  • Caroline Sumner.
  • Olivia Swanbeck.
  • Zora Woolfolk.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.


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