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The Office of Undergraduate Research

Faculty: Find a Protégé

Faculty: If you are currently mentoring a student and have not entered your name in our database, please do so. Our office can assist you as you progress through your training of the student.

The Office of Undergraduate Research can assist you in connecting with an undergraduate protégé, to help facilitate a formalized, meaningful research experience. Once the relationship is established our office provides extended support by offering : advice, training, and help tracking your student's progress. 

Steps in Finding an Undergraduate Protégé:

​Step 1:  Register with our office to have your name listed in the faculty mentor database: This allows us to know that you are interested in working with undergraduate students. Registering with our office makes it easy for us to reference your most current contact information and research interests.

Step 2: Ask our office for a student recommendation: By emailing our office at you can let us know if you want your student to have a specific skill set, or a prerequisite that you feel is necessary in assisting with your research. Tell us if you have a particular/immediate need for assistants in your research. This allows us to recommend students who meet your expectations, and to save both you and the student time. 

Step 3: Start a conversation with a student who has similar research interests as you: This is arguably the hardest step in starting a mentorship with an undergraduate student. Our office is here to help you, and the student, on how to break the potential communication barrier that may occur between student and mentor.


Registering with is an important way for students to be able to see the type of research you do, and to receive your contact information. It never hurts to have your name out there in multiple places. This also allows undergraduates from other universities who are thinking about attending graduate school at the University of Kentucky  to see the types of research being conducted here, and allows them to see your name associated with your research to survey who they may want to work with if they decide to go here. 



"A mentor-mentee relationship can be a life-long connection or a one-time conversation seeking guidance on a specific topic or concern.  No matter how enduring or brief, a little input can have a great impact."  -- Susan Amara, Society for Neuroscience Pres., taken from Neuroscience Quarterly, Winter 2011.