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Summer Research Grants

The application deadline for Summer 2016 has passed. Check back here on Friday, January 20, 2017 for the 2017 application.  

"I am Michael Steenken and I was a recipient of the 2016 University of Kentucky Undergraduate Summer Research and Creativity Fellowship Grant. Receiving this grant has changed my life in more ways than one. I have been given the opportunity to explore my curiosities and passions with the guided help of various professionals. I have had the ability to fall even more in love with the area of study that has always fascinated me. I have been able to gain a basic foundation in how to conduct academic research. My research focused on using paleoethnobotany to identify and interpret carbonized plant remains from a Native American archaeological site here in Kentucky. I plan to continue utilizing my acquired skills and knowledge in graduate school and any future job in the field of archaeology.  Throughout the journey of conducting my own research, I have learned a lot about myself. You never really know what you are capable of doing until you push yourself. It is our job as undergraduate students to explore new possibilities. You never know what your true passions are unless you are open to explore them! I encourage you to apply for an undergraduate research grant. Who knows, it could be one of the most rewarding things you do during your undergraduate career, like it was for me."   

Michael Steenken 
2016 Summer Research Grant Recipient
Faculty Adviser: Dr. David Pollack 
University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology

One of the special benefits of a large research university is the opportunity it provides undergraduates to study in a wide variety of disciplines and to work under the personal supervision of nationally recognized scholars. As a means of promoting such educational experiences for students, the Office of Undergraduate Research offers Research and Creativity Grants during the summer term.

The grants, amounting up to $2000*, 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 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.

Application Requirements

Please carefully read all of the information below before applying.  There is a rubric at the bottom of the page that outlines categories and information on the selection process. 

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 (2 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.

4. 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 graduation 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.

Report Guidelines: Requirements for after you are Accepted   

In-Progress Report Guidelines

Summer Research and Creativity Fellowship In-Progress Reports are due July 14. You can upload your report here. In-Progress reports should be 1-2 pages long, 12 point font, single spaced with one inch margins and submitted as Microsoft Word documents. The document should include your name, your faculty sponsor's name, and the title of your project. Answer the following question when writing your report:

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

Final Report Guidelines

Summer Research and Creativity Fellowship Final Reports are due in August before the start of the fall semester. You can upload your final report here. Final reports should be 2-3 pages long, 12 point font, single spaced with one inch margins 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, and do they align with your hypothesis?  What are the implications of these results and where does this study go from here? What impact does this study have within the discipline, and how might it affect the real world? 

4. 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?

For more information please contact:

Office of Undergraduate Research
211 Funkhouser
Phone: 859-257-0049