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UNDERGRAD RESEARCH EMPHASIZES
CROSS-DISCIPLINE APPROACH

By George Lewis

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"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."
Philipp Kraemer,
UK dean of undergraduate studies

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Oct. 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 university’s Centennial Celebration. While the program’s 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 studies.

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 university’s 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 rhiggs@pop.uky.edu or Sharon Gill, (859) 257-8389 sgill@pop.uky.edu


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