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Wilhelm Awarded University Research Professorship

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Dr. Jennifer Wilhelm

Dr. Jennifer Wilhelm, professor and chair in the UK College of Education’s Department of STEM Education, was one of 14 UK faculty members to receive a 2018-19 University Research Professorship.

The award is presented to members of the UK faculty who have demonstrated excellence in research and creative work that addresses scientific, social, cultural, economic and health challenges in our region and around the world. She was honored at a reception hosted by President Eli Capilouto at Maxwell Place.

The University Research Professorships were established by the UK Board of Trustees in 1976 to recognize outstanding research achievements. The professorships program recognizes excellence across the full spectrum of research, scholarship and creative endeavors within each college at UK. College leadership developed criteria for excellence within their area of expertise, and then nominated faculty who excelled at these criteria. Each University Research Professor receives a one-year award of $10,000 to be used to further their research, scholarship and creative endeavors.

“The impact of these faculty to the university, and to the Commonwealth, cannot be overstated,” wrote Dr. Lisa Cassis, UK Vice President for Research. “They are shining examples of the tireless work that is moving the research enterprise forward, creating new knowledge, discovering new cures, and empowering the next generation of scientists and scholars under their mentorship to change their world for the better.