Science Student of the Month

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Taylor Dude

Taylor Dude

December 2018


Taylor Dude was raised in Oswego, Illinois; a town about 45 minutes outside of the city of Chicago. She is a senior in the Forensic Science program with a concentration in Chemistry.

“I came to EKU because it has a fantastic accredited Forensic Science program which got me interested in attending. After I made my visit to campus, I knew I would be happy to spend my 4 years here.”

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Theodore Brancheau

Theodore "Ted" Brnacheau

November 2018


Theodore “Ted” Brancheau was born in Humble, Texas, just outside of Houston. He moved around a lot as a kid and has lived in 5 different states, with smaller moves around those states as well.

When asked why he chose EKU, Ted said “My family was moving to Lexington around the time I was choosing a transfer school and the size of EKU, along with the wildlife management program, enticed me into choosing Eastern.” He received the Maroon Plus Scholarship and the Presidential Honors Scholarship.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Jesus Daniel Lopez

Jesus Daniel Lopez

October 2018


Jesus Daniel Lopez was born in Chicago and raised in Bardstown, Kentucky. He attended Bardstown High School, where he ran Cross Country and Track and was involved in clubs like Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Trevor Clemmons

Trevor Clemmons

September 2018


Trevor Clemons was born and raised in Hazard, KY and attended Perry County Central High School. He enrolled at Hazard Community & Technical College and took general education courses for 3 semesters. He then decided to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program and chose EKU, where his mother and several other family members had also attended.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Charles Anthony Varble

Charles Anthony Varble

MAY 2018


Anthony was born and raised in Lexington, KY and attended Henry Clay High School. While there, he was involved in marching band and received All-State honors for french horn.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Lacey Lansaw

Lacey Lansaw

APRIL 2018


Lacey Lansaw is originally from Indiana, but moved to Eubank, Kentucky in second grade and considers Eubank home.  She attended Pulaski County High School in Somerset.  Lacey is pursuing a degree in Computer Science with a concentration Interactive Multimedia and plans on going into level design after she graduates. “I know it's a competitive field which is why doing independent projects is so important,” Lacey said.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Mason Reeves

Mason Reeves

MARCH 2018


Mason Reeves, March’s Student of the Month, was born in Harlan County, KY. As a child, Mason’s family moved around a great deal but finally settled down in Cawood, KY. In high school Mason played football and spent his free time hiking and hunting ginseng in the mountains that surrounded his home.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Haley Yost

Haley Yost

February 2018


Haley Yost, February’s Student of the Month, grew up in a small town about an hour north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Haley says, “One of the best parts about where I am from is that it's only two and half hours to the beach, close to New York City and Philadelphia, but also right near the mountains allowing for great weekend trips.”

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Lauren Jenkins

Lauren Jenkins

January 2018


Lauren Jenkins was raised in Florence KY where she lived with her parents and her dog, shiatsu-poodle mix, Max.

Lauren said she chose EKU for several reasons, including the honors program. What solidified her decision to come to EKU was when she visited campus with her mom and was able to interact with faculty and see the facilities in the science building. She was also impressed with the recently opened Noel Studio.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Rachel Bracker

Rachel Bracker

December 2017


December Student of the Month, Rachel Bracker is a Forensic Science major from New Brunswick, Ohio.  Rachel was home schooled for most of her education.  Before attending EKU, Rachel attended a local community college.  She was also active in competitive horseback riding for about 13 years before coming to EKU.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Angel Shelton

Angel Shelton

November 2017


Angel Shelton is from Rockcastle County and is double majoring in Geology and Geographic Information Science.  She received a scholarship to attend EKU and started as an English major.  However, she took a Geology course and fell in love with the subject and ended up changing majors.  She chose EKU because it is close to home and she is so happy she made the choice!

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Dalton Hopper

Dalton Hopper

October 2017


Dalton Hopper is pursuing his degree in Mathematics and Statistics with a minor in Actuarial Science. Dalton was raised in Paintsville, Kentucky where he attended Johnson Central High School.  During his high school years, Dalton was very involved in extracurricular activities including Academic Team, BETA Club, Key Club, Student Council, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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!

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 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. 

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Tristan Elmore

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.”