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Baker Center Honors 2013 Baker Scholars!

On May 8, ten Baker Scholars were recognized for their excellence in academics and dedication to policy research.

 The Baker Scholars Program provides talented students with the opportunity to conduct original research with a faculty mentor concerning a public policy issue of their choice.  Sen. Baker stopped by to wish our Scholars well and posed for this photo. 

Honorees included:  Mackenzie Higgins, BA in Global Studies and Spanish with a minor in Business Administration. Mackenzie will enter the Teach for America Corps in Indianapolis, Indiana in the fall. Kristin Kennedy is a junior in Political Science and History with a minor in American Studies and will complete her Bachelors at UT in May 2014. Blair West Kuykendall graduates from the College Scholars and Haslam Scholars Programs and is a top graduate in both Economics and College Scholars. She was named a UT Torchbearer and will begin study at the Georgetown College of Law in the fall. Sarah Lucas graduates with a Bachelors in Deaf Education and Political Science and completed a special project on internships for future Baker Scholars. Elliott Bertasi graduates Phi Beta Kappa from the College Scholars Program and will begin interning for the US Agency for International Development, Africa Bureau in the fall. Elliott is an Outstanding Graduate in College Scholars and a 2012 Boren Scholar. Matthew Dillon graduates with a Bachelors in College Scholars, specializing in International Relations and Modern Foreign Languages. After graduation, Matt will pursue a Masters at the Paris Institute of Political Science and the London School of Economics. Eric Dixon, a Philosophy, Economics, Global Studies, and Sociology quadruple-major, will be finishing his last semester at UT in the fall at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Eric is a 2013 Truman Scholarship Finalist and is an Outstanding Graduate in Philosophy. Ryan Roberts received his BA in College Scholars-Public Health and will attend UT Health Sciences Center College of Dentistry in the fall. Richard Lusk received his BS in Business Analytics & International Business. He will be interning at ORNL this summer and entering the MS program in Business Analytics in the fall.  Jeremy Williams received his BA in Political Science and will be applying to law schools in the fall.

Since its inception in 2004, the Baker Scholar program has consistently attracted the University of Tennessee’s most academically gifted, politically curious students by offering a unique and meaningful opportunity to engage in public policy and research. Graduating scholars receive a Baker Scholar medallion to be worn at graduation. Applications and selection for Baker Scholars take place in the fall semester. A special thanks is given to mentors of our graduating seniors! 


Baker Scholars and mentors – L to R:  Dr. Bill Park, Ryan Roberts, Dr. Brandon Prins, Matthew Dillon, Mackenzie Higgins, Dr. Karen Boyd, Kristin Kennedy, Dr. Carole Myers, Jeremy Williams, Carl Pierce, JD, and Dr. Matt Murray.  Back row – RJ Lusk and Eric Dixon

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