Haslam Scholars News

Graduating Haslam Scholars Prepare for Life after Commencement

Improving global health care. Designing better medical equipment. Revolutionizing the food industry. Teaching English in France. Those are just a few of the ways graduating Haslam Scholars plan to leave their mark on society after graduating. The Class of 2014 includes thirteen students from the university’s premier scholarship program. The graduates say the Haslam Scholars program challenged them academically, gave them a chance to work alongside leading faculty members, and afforded them the opportunity to travel and participate in extracurricular projects.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Reigniting Public Service

Tom Brokaw, NBC anchor and author, shared his big idea for keeping the U.S. workforce competitive through public service academies at land grant universities created through public/private partnerships. His idea aims to reinvigorate public service across the country and bring people together in a time of deep political divisions. Brokaw headlined the Baker Distinguished Lecture Series hosted by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Oak Ridge Today and NBC News: UT senior from Oak Ridge named a Rhodes Scholar, starts Oxford studies in October

Lindsay Lee, a senior majoring in mathematics and Spanish, is among 32 U.S. men and women who have been named Rhodes Scholars and will start all-expenses-paid studies at Oxford University in England next October. Lindsay has done research at the National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, Vanderbilt Medical Center, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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Students Confront Social Problems in Summer Living and Learning Community

Five UT students are working with community partners this summer to promote social justice through positive change in the Scholars Engaged in Public Scholarship program. It’s the first year for the new living and learning program, designed to promote collaboration between student scholars and communities.

UT Welcomes Newest Class of Haslam Scholars

Accomplished musicians. A student who knows five languages. Several students who have done significant community service work, including one who organized a 5K run to benefit Cambodia. These are a few of the credentials of the freshmen who will be the newest class of Haslam Scholars. The university’s premier, four-year scholarship program, the Haslam Scholars Program admits up to fifteen first-year students each year from the university-wide Chancellor’s Honors Program and supports them with the university’s most generous named scholarships.

Haslam Scholar Wins National Scholarship to Study in Oman

Summer Awad, an anthropology student who just finished her freshman year, grew up hearing Arabic spoken at home but was never fluent in it herself. That may change this summer when she spends eight weeks in Nizwa, Oman, on a US State Department Critical Language Scholarship. Critical Language Scholarships give college students the opportunity to study abroad and take intensive courses in languages US student don’t often study—non-Western European languages that are crucial to US foreign relations.

Hulsey Named Director of Honors Programs

UT alumnus Timothy Hulsey has been named associate provost and director of the Chancellor’s Honors and Haslam Scholars programs. He will begin on July 1. He currently is the founding dean of the Honors College at Virginia Commonwealth University. Hulsey will be responsible for recruiting honors students and faculty to work with them. Among other duties, he will work with academic departments and faculty members to offer honors sections in general education courses and provide research experiences for honors students.

Pre-Med Student’s Musical Mash-ups are Internet Sensation

Fadi Saleh

Fadi Saleh is a UT pre-med sophomore from Memphis who’s making a name for himself in the Internet music mash-up world. His recent video of President Barack Obama “singing” Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit “Call Me Maybe” has been an Internet and media sensation this summer, earning mentions on CNN and in Us Weekly magazine, The Huffington Post, New York Daily News, and dozens of other outlets.

Fifteen Incoming Freshmen Named as UT’s 2012 Class of Haslam Scholars

This fall, fifteen high school seniors will enter the university as the 2012 class of Haslam Scholars, the university’s premier, four-year scholarship program. The group includes the program’s first male scholar-athlete, swimmer Ben Miller, and Franco D’Aprile, the sibling of a current Haslam Scholar.