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Showcase of UG Scholars

Showcase registration will open Monday, February 9, 2015.  The event will take place on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 in the Student Center Ballrooms.

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.

Presenters: Please see below (6 and 7) for set-up and presentation details.

"Undergraduate research and creative activity" is a term you hear on any Top 20 University campus today. At the University of Kentucky, we know that undergraduate research and creative activities will help pave the road to Top 20 status nationally. We are excited about the 8th Annual Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars, in which students across campus will have an opportunity to showcase their research and creative works. The last event saw tremendous growth in student participation and public attendance.

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.

Past Winners:

  • 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 is now closed. 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 us.

5. Where should I have my poster printed?

Posters may be uploaded for printing here. Posters must be uploaded by midnight on April 15 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.

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

You may come to the Student Center Ballrooms anytime between 9:00 and 2:30 on the day of the Showcase. Check in at the table by the main entrance to the Grand Ballroom 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 you project and answer questions.

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

For presentations that do not fit on a poster (e.g. art pieces), tables will be made available.

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