Inside Look


Tristan Elmore

April 2017

Tristan Elmore was raised in Butler County, KY, a rural county that is not quite half-way-between the cities of Bowling Green and Owensboro. He is pursuing a degree in Wildlife Management.

Tristan chose to attend EKU because EKU has the most elite wildlife management program in the state. He said “If a person looks at Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources staff's educational background, they will realize that many of the staff are EKU wildlife management alumnus.”

EKU Game Design Program Ranks 47th Internationally

EKU Game Design

RICHMOND, Ky. –A survey in the Princeton Review ranked Eastern Kentucky University’s game design program 47th of 150 institutions offering game design coursework and/or degrees in the United States, Canada, and some other countries.

The company’s 40-question survey asked schools to report on everything from their academic offerings and lab facilities to their graduates’ starting salaries and career achievements. Among criteria The Princeton Review weighed to make its selections: each school’s academics, facilities, career services, and technology.

Campus to Host Annual Kentucky Science Fair

Annual KY Science Fair

Eastern Kentucky University will host the 15th annual Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair for middle school and high school students on Saturday, April 1.

The fair, sponsored by Lexmark and open to the public, is expected to feature the work of nearly 300 students who have advanced through local and regional events in 20 categories to compete for trophies, ribbons, university and private scholarships and special awards from the U.S. military, corporations and organizations.

Gift Funds Scholarships for Science, Math Majors

Symone Purcell

An anonymous gift of $1.25 million will fund scholarships in math and science at Eastern Kentucky University.

The donor provided an immediate donation of $250,000, with the balance of $1 million part of an estate gift.

Long Time EKU Custodian Says Goodbye!

Edna Renfro with President Benson, Tom Otieno and Jessica Hawksley

Edna Renfro has been a mainstay in the Roark, Moore, and Memorial Science Buildings for the past five years but today she says "Good-bye EKU, hello retirement".

Nine EKU Students Earn Awards at Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Meeting

Science Building

Nine Eastern Kentucky University students earned awards at the Kentucky Academy of Science 2016 Annual Meeting, held Nov. 4-5 at the University of Louisville.

Reika Haskell, Glen Burnie, Maryland, placed second in the Graduate Research Competition category.

Winners in the Undergraduate Research Oral Presentation category were: Lee Minzenberger, first place, Winchester, Kentucky; Ethan Sweet, second place, Corbin, Kentucky; Faithe Goff, second place, Beaver Dam, Kentucky; Laura Kelley, third place, Bagdad, Kentucky; and Earl Hollon, third place, Campton.

EKU Geography Major Wins KAMP GIS Scholarship

Geography major Larissa Watkins, a senior from Lindsay, California, was awarded the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (KAMP) GIS scholarship at the organization’s annual conference held in Covington, KY on October 17-19. Watkins has worked closely with several Department of Geosciences faculty on GIS-based research monitoring change in agricultural land and water usage in California’s Central Valley. In December, Watkins will travel to Kenya with geography professor Dr.

New EKU Astrochemistry Research Published

New EKU Astrochemistry Research Published

A project under the direction of Dr. Donghui Quan was recently published in The Astrophysical Journal. The isomers of ethanimine (CH3CHNH) were recently detected toward the star-forming region Sagittarius (Sgr) B2(N) using the Green Bank Telescope PRIMOS cm-wave spectral data, and imaged by the Australia Telescope Compact Array. The study includes the chemistry of ethanimine using gas-grain simulations based on rate equations, with both isothermal and warm-up conditions. In addition, the density, kinetic temperature, and cosmic ray ionization rate have been varied.

College of Science BIG E WELCOME a Success!

Big E Welcome sign

It was an awesome day on campus with nearly 500 students visiting the College of Science during the Big E Welcome! Students got to explore a wide variety of areas, even hissing cockroaches!

College of Science Launches an E-Newsletter


The College of Science at Eastern Kentucky University has launched an e-newsletter as a tool for facilitating communication and engagement with alumni and friends.  Each edition of the newsletter will highlight some of the people, places, and programs that make the College of Science a special place to work and learn.  Please click here to read the inaugural edition.