Every August, CINSAM hosts the Heather Bullen Student Research Celebration in the NKU Student Union. This event allows undergraduate and graduate students from STEM departments the opportunity to showcase their explorations and research findings in a formal and scientific setting. With posters brightly displaying findings ranging from Computer Science to Statistics and everything in between, the Heather Bullen Celebration is the perfect place for professors to flaunt their brilliant students work and also gives students the opportunity to share their hard work with friends and family.
This celebration and award is in honor of Dr. Heather Bullen, a tenured analytical chemist who joined NKU in 2004. She had an infectious smile and positive attitude that affected all who interacted with her. Her legacy lives on in her family, friends, students, and colleagues.
After her passing, a scholarship was set up in her name to reward first generation college students majoring in STEM for their leadership and academic efforts at NKU. Students are nominated by faculty each spring and the award is presented at the end of the academic year. Nominees and winners are honored at the Heather Bullen Interdisciplinary Summer Research Celebration, held each year in August.
In 2017, The Heather Bullen Interdisciplinary Summer Research Celebration welcomed over 400 people, including student presenters, to recognize and celebrate the STEM research that was conducted by NKU students over the summer.