Three UK students win Fulbright fellowships

Two University of Kentucky anthropology graduate students and a UK law school graduate will spend next year studying abroad as part of the prominent Fulbright Fellowship program.

Allison Harnish, a Dayton, Ohio, native who is earning a doctorate in anthropology, will research effects of deforestation on migrants living outside Zambia's Kafue National Park.

Aeleka Schortman, an anthropology doctoral student from Gambier, Ohio, will spend 2009-10 researching food choice and production in northern Honduras.

Ross Lovely, the son of Kentucky League of Cities Executive Director Sylvia Lovely and Lexington lawyer Bernard Lovely, will study polar law in Iceland through the program.

The fellowship for Lovely was announced last week by Centre College, which is where Lovely earned his undergraduate degree in 2004.

The Fulbright scholarship program, created by Congress in 1946, provides grants for graduate students and recent graduates to study, research or teach abroad.

UK has had about two dozen students and alumni participate in the program since 1994, according to the university.

During the last seven years, 34 University of Louisville students and alumni have been named Fulbright scholars, the most of any Kentucky college in that span. Centre boasts 29 Fulbright winners since 2000.

In addition, UK announced Tuesday that two of its students received $7,500 scholarships through the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

UK senior Tom Dodson of Lexington, who is majoring in computer science, computer engineering and physics, and agricultural biotechnology student Lesley Mann of Calhoun were among 278 students nationally to receive the award, which recognizes academic accomplishments for students in the fields of science, math and engineering.