Posters-at-the-Capitol is a one-day annual event held to educate the Kentucky State Legislators of the importance of its undergraduate research and scholarly work. Student discoveries impact many issues that affect our economy both stateside and globally. The Governor proclaims this day to be Undergraduate Research Day across the Commonwealth thus providing undergraduates the opportunity to showcase at the Kentucky State Capitol building, projects involving cutting-edge research and scholarly achievements. The Governor, members of the General Assembly, and representatives from our students' hometowns are able to engage directly with some of our best scholars. Although considered topics included were only within the sciences at one time, currently all areas of research and scholarly work are showcased at this event. Examples of high-quality student work from our "best and brightest" are abound on this day.
In recent years, the number of undergraduate student applicants has increased twofold, therefore inevitably creating a "competition" to present at Posters-at-the-Capitol. While this is very encouraging for the sustainability of undergraduate research, it has also made the selection process very challenging. Below are general guidelines to assist students, faculty, and administrators in the preparation of an application and in the selection process. Click the flyer for details and registration information.
Abstracts will be accepted from ALL disciplines. A limited number of poster spaces are awarded to each institution. This number varies depending on the total number of abstracts submitted state-wide each year. An internal selection committee will decide on the number of attendees from UK, based on the list of those accepted by the state-wide committee. Top abstracts from students in good standing will be accepted by an internal review board to represent UK. Only students in good academic standing will be considered.
An abstract is a concise statement of the major elements of a research project and/or scholarly work. It should contain an introduction; a purpose, objective or hypothesis; results of the project if it is complete; and conclusions drawn from what was learned. Posters-at-the-Capitol requires abstracts to be no more than 250 words. Abstracts should be written in past tense (with the understanding that at the time of submission your work may still be in progress). Avoid technical jargon and define all abbreviations. Use of the term "we" is appropriate, rather than "I".
Posters-at-the-Capitol requires all projects to have results to show. In other words, research projects that are in progress and do not yet have any results, will not be accepted.
References are not included in an abstract. Be sure the abstract is:
Complete: Covers all major parts of the project
Concise: No excess or unnecessary information
Clear: Is readable and well organized
Cohesive: Flows smoothly and is grammatically sound
Seek faculty advisor review and approval of the abstract before submitting.
Each Posters-at-the-Captiol submission requires a faculty endorsement checklist to be submitted separately from the abstract.
Applications will be reviewed by members of the Undergraduate Research Oversight Committee, using a rubric (below) defined for this application. The quantitative assessment provided by this rubric, statements from the mentor’s endorsement, and discussions among the faculty reviewers will be considered collectively to determine a final ranking for each application.