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Activities for Celebration of Science and Mathematics Week Commence

Celebration of Science and Mathematics week collage of events

Celebration of Science and Mathematics week is underway and what a week it has been so far!  We have had the privilege of honoring Dr. Gary Booth and Dr. Tracie Prater with the College of Science Award which is presented to people who have made impactful contributions to the College, attending the Alumni Lecture Series where Dr.

Science and Mathematics Week Sept. 11-16

Science Building

Having recently opened the largest science facility on any campus in the Commonwealth, Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Science will celebrate with Science and Mathematics Week on the Richmond campus.

The celebration, from Monday, Sept. 11, through Saturday, Sept. 16, will feature a dedication of Phase 2 of the University’s new Science Building, special speakers, hands-on activities for visiting high schoolers, tours of the facility, a free Hummel Planetarium show, Family Nature Day at Maywoods Environmental and Educational Laboratory, and more.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Michelle Sabo

Michelle Sabo

September 2017


Michelle Sabo is a Geology major originally from Orange County, California. She came to Kentucky “for no particular reason” and has loved it ever since! Michelle actually found EKU by using an assessment by CollegeBoard.org.  She answered several questions about what she hoped to major in and other desired features in a college. EKU came up as the #1 recommendation!

Phase II of the Science Building Open for Business

Aerial View of the Science Building

It has been a long journey getting to this point. “It took many years of deliberating, planning, working hard, thinking creatively, and lobbying on the part of many people including faculty, staff, administrators, the design team, and elected officials to get to this point,” said Dr. Tom Otieno, Interim Dean of the College of Science.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Tobias Howard

Tobias Howard

July 2017


Tobias Howard, July 2017 Student of the Month, is pursuing a degree in wildlife management, a certificate in GIS and Remote sensing, and a minor in geography. “Upon graduation I would like to incorporate my skills in GIS and remote sensing in a wildlife management or conservation related field and eventually work at the federal level.”

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Claire Crouch

Claire Crouch

June 2017


What is the best thing about being a math major? According to Claire Crouch, “For me, it’s a puzzle…it’s getting to look at a puzzle every single day. It’s a different mystery to figure out and then I get to teach others how to figure it out too.”

Student Speaker Learns New Meaning of "No"

Kelsi Peters

Three years ago, Eastern Kentucky University student Kelsi Peters was questioning if the major she had chosen was right for her. Her studies were not coming as easily as she had anticipated. She was worried she had failed, that she had seen the end of one of her lifelong dreams. She felt the universe telling her “No” to everything she wanted to do.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Melanie Helvie

Melanie Helvie

May 2017


Melanie Helvie is pursuing a Geography Major with a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She previously earned an Associate’s Degree from Lexington Community College and had a career as a certified Dental Technician, but always wanted to return to school for a bachelor’s degree. 

$20,000 Gift from Battelle to Support Student Research in the College of Science

Students receiving Battelle Research Scholarships and their faculty mentors.

As part of its charitable contribution plan, Battelle, a global nonprofit research and development organization, recently donated $20,000 to support student research in the College of Science at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU).