UK Young Researchers Program

The UK Young Researchers Program (UKYRP) is designed to support the introduction of high school students to the excitement of research and discovery and to encourage the future enrollment of outstanding students at the University of Kentucky.


Historically, students from various central Kentucky high schools have worked with UK faculty on a wide variety of research projects. Today, high school students from across the state work on research projects under the direct supervision of UK faculty mentors. Sometimes this is done for academic credit at the high-school level, and sometimes it is initiated by the student as an extracurricular activity. We hope to attract such outstanding students to UK as undergraduates and hopefully, in future years, as graduate or professional students.


The program is open to UK faculty mentors of high-school juniors or seniors. At the end of each project, all student participants are required to submit a written report of the project findings and conclusions, where applicable. The report is to be submitted to the faculty mentor, with a copy forwarded to the UKYRP program office ( High school students are also eligible to present their faculty-mentored research at the annual Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars typically held the last Wednesday in April.


Individuals volunteering in research at UK HealthCare for personal experience or as required for academic credit shall be “onboarded” through the department of Observation and Learning Experience (OLE).  Review additional information and submit an onboarding request via the OLE website.  For more information, please contact Jasmyn D. Weyer at (


Faculty mentors should familiarize themselves with the following policy: UK Policy for Minors in Labs.  Also, faculty may review information about mentoring non-UK students here.

If you are interested in participating in the UK Young Researchers Program, please download the registration packet and parking permit information (documents below).



Igniting Youthful Curiosity: Kentucky Young Researchers Program 



For more information contact:

Bessie M. Guerrant
Associate Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
Director, KYRP
University of Kentucky
211D Funkhouser
Lexington, KY 40506-0054
Fax: 859-257-8734