What is P@C: A one-day annual event held to educate the Kentucky State Legislators of the importance of undergraduate research and scholarly work. Student discoveries impact many issues that affect our economy both stateside and globally. The Governor proclaims this day to be Undergraduate Research Day across the Commonwealth.The Governor, members of the General Assembly, and representatives from our students' hometowns are able to engage directly with some of our best scholars. Examples of high-quality student work from our "best and brightest" are abound on this day.

What is the mission of P@C: Help increase the understanding of the important role undergraduate research plays in the education of our students among those responsible for higher education funding in KY

Who attends P@C: 16 students from each of 8 state higher education institutions within Kentucky 

When: Thursday, March 5, 2020 

Where: Frankfort, KY State Capitol Building 



  • Call for submissions: September 1, 2019
  • Submission deadline: October 11, 2019
  • Poster Printing Deadline: February 20, 2020
  • Event Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020


If you are accepted to present at the event, the Office of Undergraduate Research will help you print your poster. The poster can be uploaded here, after you are accepted to the program. 


In recent years, the number of undergraduate student applicants has increased twofold, therefore inevitably creating a "competition" to present at Posters-at-the-Capitol. While this is very encouraging for the sustainability of undergraduate research, it has also made the selection process very challenging. Below are general guidelines to assist students, faculty, and administrators in the preparation of an application and in the selection process.





Abstracts will be accepted from ALL disciplines. A limited number of poster spaces are awarded to each institution. This number varies depending on the total number of abstracts submitted state-wide each year. An internal selection committee will decide on the number of attendees from UK, based on the list of those accepted by the state-wide committee. Top abstracts from students in good standing will be accepted by an internal review board to represent UK.

An abstract is a concise statement of the major elements of a research project and/or scholarly work. It should contain an introduction; a purpose, objective or hypothesis; results of the project if it is complete; and conclusions drawn from what was learned. Posters-at-the-Capitol requires abstracts to be no more than 300 words. Abstracts should be written in past tense (with the understanding that at the time of submission your work may still be in progress). Avoid technical jargon and define all abbreviations. Use of the term "we" is appropriate, rather than "I".

Posters-at-the-Capitol requires all projects to have results to show. In other words, research projects that are in progress and do not yet have any results, will not be accepted.

References are NOT included in an abstract. Be sure the abstract is:

Complete: Covers all major parts of the project
Concise: No excess or unnecessary information
Clear: Is readable and well organized
Cohesive: Flows smoothly and is grammatically sound

Seek faculty advisor review and approval of the abstract before submitting.



Each Posters-at-the-Captiol submission requires a faculty endorsement checklist to be submitted separately from the abstract.



Register on P@C website (create a new account if you have never submitted to P@C before)

Upload your Abstract by October 11, 2019

Confirm that your Faculty Mentor has completed the Faculty Endorsement Checklist



Applications will be reviewed by members of the Undergraduate Research Oversight Committee, using a rubric (below) defined for this application. The quantitative assessment provided by this rubric (below), statements from the mentor’s endorsement, and discussions among the faculty reviewers will be considered collectively to determine a final ranking for each application.



Upload it Here no later than THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20 at 11:59 PM