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The Office of Undergraduate Research

Programs & Activities


The Kentucky Young Researchers Program, established in the 1996-97 academic year, was originally designed to support the introduction of high school students to the excitement of research and discovery and to encourage the future enrollment of outstanding students at the University of Kentucky. Read More. 


The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students.  Read more.

Oswald Research & Creativity Program

Any current UK undergraduate (full- or part-time, enrolled for either semester) 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

Read more about Oswald


Posters-at-the-Capitol is a one-day, annual event held to educate 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. Read More.

Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars

Each spring, students from across UK's campus have an opportunity to showcase their research and creative work in a formal presentation environment. Many students use this as a stepping stone to national and international professional conferences. Read More.


The Society for the Promotion of Undergraduate Research is a student organization at the University of Kentucky that seeks to provide opportunities for undergraduates interested in research. Read more.