2020-2021 Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship Recipients

The Department of Toxicology & Cancer Biology is proud to have two of our Master's of Forensic Toxicology & Analytical Genetics students selected as recipients of the Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship. These fellowships are competitive fellowships awarded through the UK Graduate School, which includes stipend and tuition scholarships. Congratulations, Jordan and Kaleigh!

Jordan Brown is a Brandywine, Maryland native and a first year Forensic Toxicology and Analytical Genetics Master’s candidate. Jordan is a proud graduate of Alabama State University where she received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry. She chose to attend the University of Kentucky on her belief that she will undoubtedly be challenged and set up for immeasurable success upon graduation. In the future Jordan plans to attend Medical School and become a Forensic Pathologist.

Kaleigh Monet Wingate is a first year student in the Forensic Toxicology and Analytical Genetics Program concentrating in Forensic Toxicology/Chemistry. She is a recent graduate of Wake Forest University, holding a Bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is a United Negro College Fund STEM scholar and also was a Merit Supplemental Scholar. At Wake Forest University, Kaleigh was involved in Division 1 Cheerleading, Minority Association for Pre-Health Students, Orientation Leader, Women’s History Month Committee, Black Student Association, Mental Health Ambassador, General Wellbeing Ambassador and PREPARE, an organization aimed at advocating and facilitating programming surrounding rape and sexual assault. Kaleigh is very passionate about mental health and even founded an event on campus at Wake Forest called “She Thrives” where she highlighted mental health centering women of color voices. Kaleigh spent a semester living in Venice, Italy studying microbiology, biology of disease/the plague, intermediate Italian, Venetian history and Venetian art History. She conducted research in the Venetian canals studying the effects of pollution and tourism. She also worked with Dr. Smith on plant ecophysiology and studied the effects of harsh or unusual environments on plants. Her future plans include getting involved in biochemistry research next semester in hopes to apply to Medical School.