Summer Research and Creativity Fellowships

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Award Amount: $2,500

Objective: Conducting research during the summer can be a transformative experience for undergraduate students, as you put your skills to the test in labs, in the fields, in library collections, in art studios, and on the stage. 

The Office of Undergraduate Research annually awards a vast number of undergraduates the opportunity to try something new or take their experience to the next level during the summer term. This grant provides undergraduates with the opportunity to study in a wide variety of disciplines while doing intensive and self-directed research or creative work under the supervision of a faculty mentor.    


Eligibility: Any full-time UK undergraduate student of any major who has completed at least 1 semester (preferably 2+) of research with a faculty mentor. The student also must be returning to UK in the following Fall Semester as an undergraduate.  



  • Application Opens: December 15, 2019
  • Application/Letters Deadline: February 15, 2020 
  • Apply Online Here!
  • UK Faculty Letter of Recommendation Here
  • Decision Notification by April 1, 2020


Mid-Summer Update 

Due Date: July 8, 2020

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Final Report

Report Deadline: August 24, 2020

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Mandatory Summer Research Recipient Meeting (attendance is mandatory)

Date: TBD (August 2020)

- Letters of Excuse will be available if this meeting occurs during a class or lab. Please email to request an excuse (be sure to include the professor's name).

-  Please come prepared to briefly present the research you did over the summer (will not require a poster or PowerPoint presentation)



Student Spotlight 

Michael Steenken_0.jpg"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