Oswald Research and Creativity Competition

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Award Amount: 1st Place $350; 2nd Place $200 in each category 



Call for Submission: September16, 2019

Submission Deadline: October 28, 2019

  • NOTE: Every entry must include an Abstract (300 words maximum)
  • Students can submit ONE project in multiple categories (e.g. painting in Fine Arts, poem in Humanities:Creative, etc)



The Oswald Research and Creativity Competition is intended to promote creativity in all fields of study. The competition accepts reports, of all forms of creativity, and scholarship by undergraduate students. This includes, but is not limited to artistic and musical creations; creative writing and poetry; and reports of studies and research in the humanities, the social, natural, and medical sciences, agriculture, business, architecture, and engineering.



Any current UK undergraduate (full- or part-time) who does not already have a four-year degree is eligible for this competition and is invited to submit papers and other projects. Students can submit ONE project in multiple categories (e.g. painting in Fine Arts, poem in Humanities:Creative, etc)



1. Biological Sciences (textual)
2. Design (architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, etc.) (nontextual)                
3. Fine Arts (film, music, painting, sculpture, video, etc.) (textual and nontextual)
4. Humanities: Creative (textual)
5. Humanities: Critical Research (textual)
6. Physical and Engineering Sciences (textual)
7. Social Sciences (textual)

Students need to pick a category that most closely aligns with their project. If you are unsure you can email our office (ugresearch@uky.edu) for a more in-depth definition of a specific category.    



The Oswald Research and Creativity Competition was established in 1964 by then-President John Oswald as part of the university’s Centennial Celebration. While the program’s objective has remained the same throughout the years, the number of categories has increased to include biological sciences; design, including architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design; fine arts, including film, photography, painting, sculpture; humanities, from creative and critical-research approaches; physical and engineering sciences; and social science.



  • Call for submissions: September 16, 2019
  • Submission deadline: October 28, 2019
  • Design and Fine Arts Display: Monday – Friday, November 4-8, 2019 in the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library  


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2018 - 2019 Student Category Winners

Award Amount: 1st Place $350; 2nd Place $200 in each category 


Biological Sciences

  • First Place: Usman Hamid, “Effects of Environmental Conditions on c-fos Expression in Rat Nucleus Accumbens After Remifentanil”. Mentor: Dr. Michael Bardo
  • Second Place: Hannah Thompson, "Inflammatory Effects of Extracellular Vesicles Released from the Normal Tissue Target of Doxorubicin.“ Mentor: Dr. St. Clair Daret
  • Honorable Mention: Joshua Preston, "PCB126 Exposure during Pregnancy Significantly Affects Maternal and Fetal Gene Expression."  Mentor: Dr. Kevin Pearson



  • First Place: Teonna Radevski, “Symbiotic Spaces.”  Mentor: Lindsey Fay
  • Second Place: Alyssa Weir, “Interlocking Harmony of Opposites.” Mentor: Lindsey Fay


Fine Arts

  • First Place: Samantha Hensley, “Gathering My Friends.” Mentor: Crystal Gregory
  • Second Place: Alexis (Ali) Deane, “Amniotic Fluid Study.” Mentor: Ruth Adams


Humanities: Creative

  • First Place: Christian Tipton, “Creative Writing in Digital Spaces: Digital Story Book”. Mentor: Dr. DaMaris Hill
  • Second Place: Kenneth Arnett, "Shindig"
  • Honorable Mention: Haley Drake, "Some Poems"


Humanities: Critical

  • First Place: Anna Romaniuk, “Droga Pani Ministro”
  • Second Place: Alyssa Mertka, “When This You See, Remember Me: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and World War I Monuments.”  Mentor: Dr. Armando Pratts


Physical and Engineering Sciences

  • First Place: Katie Kloska, “Analysis of Current-mode Detectors For Resonance Detection In Neutron Optics Time Reversal Symmetry Experiment.”  Mentor: Dr. Ryan Fortenberry
  • Second Place: Kaitlyn Kearns, “Relationship Between Sucrose Concentration and Spallation Region in S. Mutans Biofilms Loaded by Laser-induced Stress Waves.”  Mentor: Dr. Martha Grady
  • Honorable Mention: Brandon Enbody, "Biomimicry of Aquatic Organisms for Community Storm Design Applications"


Social Sciences

  • First Place: Hannah Carlson, “Client Protection Regulations for Microfinance Institutions in Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania"
  • Second Place: Sierra Hatfield, “The Potential Electoral Influence of Internet Memes."  Mentor: Dr. Steven Voss
  • Honorable Mention: Megan Coffinbargar, "An Assessment of Disability Access at the University of Kentucky."  Mentor: Dr. Robyn Brown
  • Honorable Mention: Hina Iqbal, "Cultural Competency and its Effects on Social Capital." Mentor: Dr. F. Douglas Scutchfield