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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

Larissa Watkins receives 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.

Dr. Tom Otieno named founding dean of the new College of Science

Dr. Tom Otieno

Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) has appointed Dr Tom Otieno to be the founding dean of its College of Science, one of two colleges created as part of restructuring of the former College of Arts & Sciences.  The College of Science is comprised of the following academic departments: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics & Astronomy.  It also houses the Division of Natural Areas.