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The Office of Undergraduate Research

Summer Research Grants

The grants, amounting up to $2000.00*, are intended to take advantage of the rich resources available through the libraries, the laboratories, and the academic personnel at the University of Kentucky. Undergraduates in all areas of intellectual inquiry are eligible, and students at many different levels of matriculation have received support. Both individual projects and joint ventures have been endorsed by the selection committee which is particularly interested in funding interdisciplinary efforts.

Proposals are reviewed by members of the Undergraduate Research Oversight Committee according to a defined rubric. The grants can be used any way the recipient chooses. The money is awarded in one lump sum at the beginning of June and is subject to tax.

International students should contact ugresearch@uky.edu stating their international status upon application. This is solely for payment purposes. This information will not be revealed to reviewers nor will it affect the outcome of the review.

"This will have been my second summer primarily working on research and I can't say enough about how much you can learn when you have an open problem and two months to try to figure it out. To any UK undergraduates involved in research I strongly recommend spending a summer on a project. Without the worry of classes, you can really focus and learn so much.”
-Josiah Hanna, Junior, Computer Science and Mathematics

*The University of Kentucky pays these fellowships through payroll. Whether or not a student is required to report the monies as income, depends on how they use said monies. Please follow the links below to learn more.
http://www.irs.gov/publications/p970/ch01.html
http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc421.html

Application Requirements

Please carefully read all of the information below before applying.   The 2014 application window is now open.

1. Only students in good academic standing at the University of Kentucky who are returning to the University as full-time undergraduates for the following Fall semester are eligible for grants. Normally, only students with at least a 3.0 GPA will be considered for an award, but exceptional proposals may be considered from students with lower GPA's. Students may receive academic credit in conjunction with a Summer Research and Creativity Grant. That is to be worked out with the academic advisor. The Office of Undergraduate Research does not have jurisdiction over this matter.

2. A faculty member's recommendation (1 page maximum) and willingness to supervise the project are very important elements in the selection process.

3. Students must submit a research proposal with their application. Proposal details can be found below.

5. The grant requires a progress report of 1-2 pages minimum and a final report of 3-5 pages minimum, the latter of which will be published in the current year's issue of Kaleidoscope. Students have the option of declining publication.

6. Recipients are required to present their work at the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars the following academic year. Of course, there are exceptions, such as December gradaution or Study Abroad, etc.

Proposal Guidelines

The proposal should be between 2 and 4 pages long and uploaded as a Word document or PDF. The document itself must include the project title, the student researcher's name, and faculty sponsor's name. The body of your proposal should provide a brief background along with the question you plan to address. Consider the following when writing your proposal.

1. What background information to do have about the topic you will be studying?

2. What role did you, the student, play in planning the project?

3. What is the specific issue you will be addressing or question you will be asking?

4. What specific methods will you use to perform your research or creativity?

5. Will the project make a scholarly contribution to the discipline? If so, how?

6. What do you expect to gain from the experience?

7. What is the budget of your project? Your faculty mentor should be able to help you provide a brief overview of costs associated with your research. Providing this budget does not mean you are required to use your monies for the direct purpose of the project.

Final Report Guidelines

Summer Research and Creativity Fellowship Final Reports are due Wednesday, August 28, 2014. Reports should be 4-6 pages long and submitted as Microsoft Word documents. The document should include your name, your faculty sponsor's name, and the title of your project. Please use the following as a guide when writing your report:

1. What background information can you provide about the topic at hand? This may be similar to what you provided in your proposal. What is the purpose of your research and how will it contribute to your field of study? Your introduction should be directed at all readers, not just those in your particular field.

2. What was your methodology and was it carried out as originally planned? If not, why? How did you adjust for the change in plans?

3. What sort of results did you see from your research and what can you conclude from them?

4. Optional - How has this experience contributed to your undergraduate education and your life goals? What experiences will you take from this summer's research that will impact your future in education, research, or professional career?

Upload your final report.

For more information please contact:

Office of Undergraduate Research
211 Funkhouser
Phone: 859-257-0049
Email: ugresearch@uky.edu