2014 Cam Collins Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Folklore
Chloe Brown is the 2014 winner of the Cam Collins Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Folklore. Chloe's thesis is related to Folk Studies. Brown has been interviewing doctors and nurses about how they would address a patient that comes in and is practicing folk medicine in a medical context. Chloe's mother is a doctor and she heard her mother speaking about patients trying various folk cures. Brown wondered how a doctor would address this issue without being disrespectful to a patient's cultural background. Chloe has three majors: Spanish, English Literature, and English for Secondary Teachers. Her minor is Folk Studies. Brown will be graduating in December, after completing her student teaching requirements at Greenwood High School in Bowling Green.
Brown's interest in Folk Studies began when she took the Intro to Cultural Diversity for a general education class. She also took Roots of Southern Culture with Dr. Brady and considers it one of the best classes she has taken here at Western Kentucky University. Chloe is grateful for the encouragement of her professors, especially Dr. Ferrell. She says, "I don't feel like I can talk about my Folk Studies experience without specifically mentioning Dr. Ferrell. Dr. Ferrell is my thesis advisor. I have loved working with her and having her as a professor. I think she is an excellent teacher, and the Honors augmentation project that I completed in her Urban Folklore class was one major reason I wanted to do a thesis within my Folk Studies minor. Dr. Ferrell is a wonderful professor and person. She is very accommodating and helpful. She is also very encouraging, and I feel as though she is concerned with my success as an individual. I look forward to continuing to work on my thesis with her guidance and support." Brown sums up her experience by stating, "I really love Folk Studies. I'm glad I won the award. I wasn't expecting it. It came out of nowhere. I'm happy that my professors believe in me enough to give me the award. Thank you."