"This competition is
unique on college campuses and provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to
test their skills and to begin to see their academic work in a serious, professional
UK dean of undergraduate studies
17, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.) Two
unique research programs offer UK undergraduate students a chance to study in a wide range
of disciplines and to work under the personal supervision of nationally recognized
scholars. Stressing the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to undergraduate
education, both programs offer strong measures of recognition, such as monetary awards,
grants and an opportunity to study abroad.
The Oswald Research and Creativity Program
was established in 1964 by then-President John Oswald as part of the universitys
Centennial Celebration. While the programs objective has remained the same
throughout the years, the number of categories has increased to include biological
sciences; design, including architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design;
fine arts, including film, photography, painting, sculpture; humanities, from creative and
critical-research approaches; physical and engineering sciences; and social science.
This competition is unique on college campuses and provides an excellent
opportunity for undergraduates to test their skills and to begin to see their academic
work in a serious, professional light, said Philipp Kraemer, dean of undergraduate
Any undergraduate who does not already have a four-year degree is eligible to enter the
program. Awards are $350 for first place in each category, and $250 for second place.
A second and no less important way undergraduates can showcase their work is by
competing for Research and Creativity grants. The grants, amounting to $500 during the
academic year and $2,500 for summer projects, are intended to take advantage of the rich
resources available through UK libraries, laboratories and, most especially, the
universitys faculty. Undergraduates in all levels of intellectual inquiry are
eligible. Several UK students have done their summer research projects abroad.
The selection committee, which awards funding, is particularly interested in research
that reflects an interdisciplinary approach.
Registration forms for both programs are available in the Office of Undergraduate
Studies, Room 206, Gillis Building, or on the Web at www.uky.edu/UGS/.
For more information, contact Retha Higgs, (859) 257-5448 firstname.lastname@example.org or Sharon Gill, (859) 257-8389 email@example.com.