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Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars

The Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars is an annual event held on the University of Kentucky Campus. It is an opportunity for undergraduates to present their research to UK faculty, staff, students, and the general public. The next Showcase will be held at Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday April 27, 2016. 

The application for the 2016 Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars will be available here, beginning on February 15, 2016. The deadline to apply is March 28, 2016. 

Each year Showcase co-host, Society for the Promotion of Undergraduate Research (SPUR), recognizes an outstanding faculty member at UK who has shown dedicated commitment to undergraduate research. The 1st Annual SPUR Award was given at the 3rd Annual Showcase for Undergraduate Scholars in the spring of 2008.

The application to nominate a mentor for the 2016 Award will be available here, beginning on February 15, 2016. The deadline for the nominations is April 15, 2016. 

Past Winners:

  • 2015: Kristin Ashford and Robin Cooper
  • 2014: Event not held due to NCUR hosted at UK
  • 2013: Zach Hilt and Richard Smith
  • 2012: Kimberly Anderson, Nadine Kabengi, and David Atwood
  • 2011: Trevor Creamer and A. Gwynn Henderson
  • 2010 Winners: David Rogers & Chana Akins
  • 2009 Winners: Diane Snow & Elzbieta Wala; Honorable Mention: Tammy Stephenson
  • 2008 Winners: Patricia Burkhart & Nicholas McLetchie

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When should I register?

Registration will open February 15, 2016. You will have until March 28, 2016 to register for the spring showcase. You are encouraged to register as soon as possible so that your abstract is guaranteed to be printed in the program booklet. Please read all instructions carefully both on this web page and on the registration form. Registrations that do not meet all requirements will not be accepted. 

2. Where do I send an abstract?

You may upload your abstract in the space provided in the registration form.

Your abstract will have your name and your faculty mentor's name on it. Be sure your faculty mentor has reviewed your abstract prior to submitting it. All abstracts will appear in the book exactly as they are entered, so it is imperative that you proofread before submitting.

Your abstract must be limited to 300 words. Abstracts that exceed the allotted word count will not be accepted.

3. If I register for the Showcase, am I automatically made a presenter?

Showcase participants must be conducting independent research with a faculty mentor. Due to increased popularity of this event and limited space, large class projects will no longer be included in the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars. Because this is a showcase and not a competition, everyone who meets the above requirement and registers by the deadline, is welcome!

4. What if there are multiple undergraduate presenters for the same project?

Only one of the undergraduate authors should register. There is space provided in the registration form to indicate all additional undergraduate project authors. Please be sure to include ALL undergraduate author names here to ensure they are listed in the abstract book.  If there are more than 4 presenters on one project, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at

5. Where should I have my poster printed?

Posters may be uploaded here for printing with our office. Posters must be uploaded by midnight on April 22, 2016 to guarentee printing by the date of the event. You will be notified via e-mail when it is ready to be picked up at our office (211 Funkhouser). Please be sure to carefully review your poster before uploading, as each poster will only be printed once. You are responsible for ensuring there are no typographical or other errors on your poster!

All posters must be in PowerPoint format and have a height of either 36" or 44" and must include the University of Kentucky logo. Posters that do not follow this format are not guaranteed to be printed by the Showcase. You can download the UK logo here using your linkblue account.

You can find a template for your poster here. This is the correct size for the printers.

6. How do I get my poster set up on the day of the Showcase?

You may come to Memorial Coliseum on the day of the event. Check in at the table by the main entrance and we will show you where to hang your poster. We will provide push pins and boards.

7. In what format will I present my research?

Posters: You should expect to stand by your poster for the duration of the event (except during the opening ceremonies from 3:00-3:30) and be prepared to give a 3-5 minute overview of your project and answer questions.

Oral presentations: Oral presentations should last about 15 minutes, including questions.

Table Presentations: You will be provided with a table for your presentation. And will be expected to be there to give a 3-5 minute overview of your project and answer questions. 

Performances (e.g. dances, theater, etc.) of all kinds are welcomed. Please email us to make arrangements.