Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars

 

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The UK Office of Undergraduate Research and The Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence would like to invite you to the 14th annual Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars on Wednesday, April 29 in the Gatton Student Center Ballrooms.

 

What is Showcase: Annual event held on the UK campus that provides UK undergraduates the opportunity to professionally present, perform, or demonstrate their faculty-mentored research to UK faculty, staff, students, and the general public.

Mission of Showcase: To honor the achievements of our undergraduate researchers and the dedication of their UK mentors.

Why attend Showcase:  To discover the diversity, depth, and breadth of undergraduate research projects guided by the superb mentorship of our devoted faculty and staff across campus. 

When:  Wednesday, April 29, 2020; 3:00PM - 6:00PM

Where: Gatton Student Center Ballroom, University of Kentucky  

Cost: FREE!

 

TIMELINE

  • Registration Opens: March 1, 2020
  • Registration Deadline: April 1, 2020 by 11:45PM
  • Register for Showcase HERE! 
    • As part of your application, you MUST supply a professional abstract (300 words maximum)
    • **NOTE: Current STEMCats do NOT register online. See your research faculty mentor.
  • Faculty Mentor Nomination Award Deadline: April 1, 2020, Nominate HERE!
  • Letters of Excuse: Request HERE! 
  • Poster Printing Deadline: April 17, 2020

 


NEW STUDENT PRESENTATION FORMAT FOR 2020

The 2020 Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars will feature TWO 1-hour sessions. This new format will allow greater flexibility for student presenters, faculty, staff, and attendees. Engage with more than 500 undergraduate research students as they present their scholarly work by poster, oral, table or performance presentations.

 


NEED A POSTER PRINTED?

Upload it Here no later than April 17, 2020 at 11:59PM! 

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!

Contact our office (ugresearch@uky.edu) if you have any questions!

 

Need the NEW UK logo for your poster? Download it HERE

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Faculty Mentor Awards

Each year, outstanding faculty mentors are recognized at the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars for their outstanding leadership and support of students. Students may nominate their faculty mentor for the award HERE.

During the Showcase's Opening Ceremony, we also recognize the UK Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year award winners. This student-nominated award recognizes UK faculty members who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to mentoring undergraduate researchers, providing exceptional undergraduate research experiences, as well as supporting and promoting the undergraduate research initiatives on campus.


Past Winners of the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

  • 2018-2019: Marilyn Campbell and Suzanne Segerstrom
  • 2017-2018: Luke Bradley, Janice Fernheimer, and Gregory Luhan
  • 2016-2017: Jonathan Golding and Jeffrey L. Osborn
  • 2015-2016: Kristin Ashford and Robin Cooper
  • 2014-2015: Event not held due to NCUR hosted at UK
  • 2013-2014: Zach Hilt and Richard Smith
  • 2012-2013: Kimberly Anderson, Nadine Kabengi, and David Atwood
  • 2011-2012: Trevor Creamer and A. Gwynn Henderson
  • 2010-2011Winners: David Rogers & Chana Akins
  • 2009-2010 Winners: Diane Snow & Elzbieta Wala; Honorable Mention: Tammy Stephenson
  • 2008-2009 Winners: Patricia Burkhart & Nicholas McLetchie

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. When should I register?

Registration will open March 1, 2020. You will have until April 1, 2020 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 abstract book. 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 will upload your abstract in the space provided in the registration form. As part of your application, you MUST supply a professional abstract (300 words maximum) Abstracts should be a basic overview of your project and be written in the third person. Abstracts should NOT contain graphs, special characters, images, charts, or references.

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?

Everyone who registers by the deadline will be able to present.

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. 

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 17, 2020 to guarantee 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 the UK Gatton Student Center Ballroom on the day of the event. Check in at the table outside the ballroom 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. Presenters should remain in the room until all presentations in their session are complete. The other presentations may offer new insights, and all presenters deserve the same audience and respect. 

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.

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