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Oswald Research & Creativity Program

The Oswald Award Program is intended to promote creativity in all fields of study. The program accepts reports of all forms of creativity and scholarship by undergraduate students including, but not limited to: artistic and musical creations; creative writing and poetry; and reports of studies and research in the humanities, the social, natural, and medical sciences, agriculture, business, architecture, and engineering. Any current UK undergraduate (full- or part-time) who does not already have a four-year degree is eligible for this competition and is invited to submit papers and other projects in the following categories:

1. Biological Sciences
2. Design (architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, etc.)
3. Fine Arts (film, music, painting, sculpture, video, etc.)
4. Humanities: Creative
5. Humanities: Critical Research
6. Physical and Engineering Sciences
7. Social Sciences

If you are unsure as to where your project may fit, just ask!  We'll find the right fit for any submission!

Please carefully read the guidelines below before submitting your work.

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General Guidelines

The Oswald Award Program is meant to promote creativity at it's highest level. As such, the submission guidelines are very brief and intended not to restrict authors in any way. Our office encourages any and all submissions.

Non-textual submissions

Displays (video, art, audio, structural designs, etc.) in the Design and Fine Arts categories must include a description, to be included in the registration form. The description will be printed in the program, so it is important to write something that accurately describes your work and that you would be proud to show the public. Descriptions should consist of an overview of the project and any other descriptive and/or discussion materials the author feels is warranted.

Names and any other identifying information must be removed from the display for judging purposes.

A registration form must be submitted by 11:59 EST on Thursday, October 30, 2014 in order for the submission to be included for judging. Project displays can be dropped off on Monday, November 3, 2014 on the first floor of the Little Fine Arts Library between 9:00am and 3:00pm. Exhibitors should check in at the Niles Study Room before displaying their work. Submissions will be exhibited in the Library all week.

Displays should be picked up on Friday, November 7 between 9:00am and 1:00pm.

We will do our best to accomodate display needs; however, the Little Fine Arts Library is not a gallery.  Nothing can be put into the walls (push pins, nails, etc.).  If you have concerns about the display of your project, please let us know.

Important note: If you are unable to drop off or pick up your project during the times listed above, please call our office at 859-257-0049 or e-mail us so we can make alternate arrangements. Arrangements for alternate drop-off and pick-up must be made prior to the application deadline.  Projects left in the library after 1:00pm on Friday, November 7, 2013 are not guarenteed to be returned.

Projects must be submitted via the registration form by 11:59 EST Thursday, October 30, 2014. Please include in the registration form a description of your project (often the abstract). This description will be printed in the program, so it is important to write something that accurately describes your work and that you would be proud to show the public.

Names and any other identifying information must be removed from the uploaded submission for judging purposes. Submissions that include any identifying information will not be accepted.

Awards

Awards in each category are: First Place: $350; Second Place: $200; and Honorable Mention, if applicable. Entries are judged on originality, clarity of expression, scholarly or artistic contribution, and the validity, scope, and depth of the project or investigation. Awards will be announced at an award reception on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 in the Lexmark Public Room, 209 Main Building.

Please see below for previous winners.