Here’s a headline that would surprise most people: Kentucky Basketball player wins prestigious academic fellowship. Former Cat Dillon Pulliam was just awarded the 2018 Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship, which he will use as he pursues a master’s degree program in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon.
Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) is the nation’s oldest and most selective all discipline honor society, having over 300 chapters across the nation and more overseas. Every year, they present 50 fellowships of $5,000 each to award winners entering the first year of graduate or professional study.
“This $5,000 fellowship will go a long way as I pursue my master’s at Carnegie Mellon,” Pulliam said in a release from UK. “I am extremely honored to receive this award as it will be a tremendous benefit in helping me grow as an engineer, and prepare for a future in the field. I have always been fascinated with technology and how it works. From a young age I have dreamed of having a hand in one day developing the innovations that will shape tomorrow.”
Last month, Pulliam graduated Summa Cum Laude. During his three years at Kentucky ,he served as a research assistant for NASA KY at UK, built an electronic pitch detection device capable of recognizing which string had been played on a guitar, and developed a mobile application for both iOS and Android devices. In short, he is incredibly smart and a wonderful ambassador for UK, Kentucky Basketball, and his hometown of Cynthiana. Congrats to him on the fellowship and making us all look good.