Undergraduate Research in the Health Sciences Contract

Required Steps Before Starting Experience


  • Student will complete the trainings and steps listed below before beginning any research experience.
  • Student must submit evidence of completion for the required trainings to the Director of Undergraduate Research (Dr. Andreatta)

Faculty mentor will direct students to perform the following:

  1. Student must register with the UK Office of Undergraduate Research.
  2. Student must successfully complete Human Subject Protection (HSP) training and Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) training using CITI. 
    • Please direct students to the following site for instructions on completing HSP and RCR training
    • Students participating in animal research should complete training on the care and use of animals in research offered by IACUC
      • Students involved in animal research do not need to complete HSP training.
  3. Optional Training: Faculty can decide if students must complete any web-based safety trainings (WBT) before working in their lab. Check the box to indicate which WBTs are needed by the student.
Research Experience (* indicates required field)
Volunteer Expectations

Volunteer Student Expectations: Student will be expected to spend ___hours per week, for ___ weeks, in the research experience.

Contract Body (* indicates required field)
Acknowledgement (* indicates required field)
Faculty Signature (* indicates required field)
Student Signature
Date From Completed (* indicates required field)
DUR Signature (Completed by DUR ONLY)


Mid-term Grade

Mid-term grades will be posted in myUK by the deadline established in the Academic Calendar

Attendance Policy 

  1. Senate Rules defines the following as acceptable reasons for excused absences: (a) significant illness, (b) death of a family member, (c) trips for members of student organizations sponsored by an educational unit, trips for University classes, and trips for participation in intercollegiate athletic events, (d) major religious holidays, (e) interviews for graduate/professional school or full-time employment post-graduation, and (f) other circumstances found to fit “reasonable cause for nonattendance” by the instructor of record. Students should notify the professor of absences prior to class when possible.
    • If a course syllabus requires specific interactions (e.g., with the instructor or other students), in situations where a student’s total EXCUSED absences exceed 1/5 (or 20%) of the required interactions for the course, the student shall have the right to request and receive a "W," or the Instructor of Record may award an “I” for the course if the student declines a “W.” (Senate Rules
    • (If an attendance/interaction policy is not stated in the course syllabus or the policy does not include a penalty to the student, the Instructor cannot penalize the student for any unexcused absences.)
  2. ​Students may be asked to verify their absences in order for them to be considered excused. Senate Rule states that faculty have the right to request appropriate verification when students claim an excused absence due to: significant illness; death in the household, trips for classes, trips sponsored by an educational unit and trips for participation related to intercollegiate athletic events; and interviews for full-time job opportunities after graduation and interviews for graduate and professional school. (Appropriate notification of absences due to University-related trips is required prior to the absence when feasible and in no case more than one week after the absence.)

Religious Observances

  • Students anticipating an absence for a major religious holiday are responsible for notifying the instructor in writing of anticipated absences due to their observance of such holidays. Please check the course syllabus for the notification requirement. If no requirement is specified, two weeks prior to the absence is reasonable and should not be given any later. Information regarding major religious holidays may be obtained through the Ombud’s website at http://www.uky.edu/Ombud or by calling 859-257-3737.

Make-up Work

  • Students missing any graded work due to an excused absence are responsible: for informing the Instructor of Record about their excused absence within one week following the period of the excused absence (except where prior notification is required); and for making up the missed work. The instructor must give the student an opportunity to make up the work and/or the exams missed due to the excused absence, and shall do so, if feasible, during the semester in which the absence occurred. The instructor shall provide the student with an opportunity to make up the graded work and may not simply calculate the student's grade on the basis of the other course requirements, unless the student agrees in writing.

Academic Integrity

  • Per university policy, students shall not plagiarize, cheat, or falsify or misuse academic records. Students are expected to adhere to University policy on cheating and plagiarism in all courses.  The minimum penalty for a first offense is a zero on the assignment on which the offense occurred.  If the offense is considered severe or the student has other academic offenses on their record, more serious penalties, up to suspension from the university may be imposed. 
  • Plagiarism and cheating are serious breaches of academic conduct.  Each student is advised to become familiar with the various forms of academic dishonesty as explained in the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.  Complete information can be found at the following website: http://www.uky.edu/Ombud.  A plea of ignorance is not acceptable as a defense against the charge of academic dishonesty. It is important that you review this information as all ideas borrowed from others need to be properly credited.
  • Part II of Student Rights and Responsibilities states that all academic work‚ written or otherwise‚ submitted by students to their instructors or other academic supervisors‚ is expected to be the result of their own thought‚ research‚ or self–expression. In cases where students feel unsure about a question of plagiarism involving their work‚ they are obliged to consult their instructors on the matter before submission.
  • When students submit work purporting to be their own‚ but which in any way borrows ideas‚ organization‚ wording or anything else from another source without appropriate acknowledgment of the fact‚ the students are guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism includes reproducing someone else's work‚ whether it be published article‚ chapter of a book‚ a paper from a friend or some file‚ or something similar to this. Plagiarism also includes the practice of employing or allowing another person to alter or revise the work which a student submits as his/her own‚ whoever that other person may be.
  • Students may discuss assignments among themselves or with an instructor or tutor‚ but when the actual work is done‚ it must be done by the student‚ and the student alone. When a student's assignment involves research in outside sources or information‚ the student must carefully acknowledge exactly what‚ where and how he/she has employed them. If the words of someone else are used‚ the student must put quotation marks around the passage in question and add an appropriate indication of its origin; making simple changes while leaving the organization‚ content and phraseology intact is plagiaristic. However‚ nothing in these Rules shall apply to those ideas which are so generally and freely circulated as to be a part of the public domain (Section 6.3.1).
  • Please note:  Any assignment you turn in may be submitted to an electronic database to check for plagiarism

Prohibition of Cheating

  • Cheating is defined by its general usage. It includes, but is not limited to, the wrongfully giving, taking, or presenting any information or material by a student with the intent of aiding himself/herself or another on any academic work which is considered in any way in the determination of the final grade. The fact that a student could not have benefited from an action is not by itself proof that the action does not constitute cheating. Any question of definition shall be referred to the University Appeals Board. 

Prohibition of Falsification/Misuse of Academic Records

  • Maintaining the integrity, accuracy, and appropriate privacy of student academic records is an essential administrative function of the University and a basic protection of all students. Accordingly, the actual or attempted falsification, theft, misrepresentation or other alteration or misuse of any official academic record of the University, specifically including knowingly having unauthorized access to such records or the unauthorized disclosure of information contained in such records, is a serious academic offense. As used in this context, "academic record" includes all paper and electronic versions of the partial or complete permanent academic record, all official and unofficial academic transcripts, application documents and admission credentials, and all academic record transaction documents. The minimum sanction for falsification, including the omission of information, or attempted falsification or other misuse of academic records as described in this section is suspension for one semester.

Accommodations for Disability 

  • If you have a documented disability that requires academic accommodations, please see me as soon as possible during scheduled office hours. In order to receive accommodations in this course, you must provide me with a Letter of Accommodation from the Disability Resource Center (DRC). The DRC coordinates campus disability services available to students with disabilities. Visit the DRC website (www.uky.edu/DisabilityResourceCenter/), email the DRC at drc@uky.edu, contact them by phone at (859) 257-2754, or visit their office on the corner of Rose Street and Huguelet Drive in the Multidisciplinary Science Building, Suite 407. 

Non-discrimination Statement and Title IX Information

  • UK is committed to providing a safe learning, living, and working environment for all members of the University community. The University maintains a comprehensive program which protects all members from discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct. For complete information about UK’s prohibition on discrimination and harassment on aspects such as race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, and sexual orientation, please see the electronic version of UK’s Administrative Regulation 6:1(“Policy on Discrimination and Harassment”). In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex in academics, employment, and all of its programs and activities. Sexual misconduct is a form of sexual harassment in which one act is severe enough to create a hostile environment based on sex and is prohibited between members of the University community and shall not be tolerated. For more details, please see the electronic version of Administrative Regulations 6:2(“Policy and Procedures for Addressing and Resolving Allegations of Sexual Assault, Stalking, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Exploitation”). Complaints regarding violations of University policies on discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct are handled by the Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity (IEEO), which is located in 13 Main Building and can be reached by phone at (859) 257-8927. You can also visit the IEEO’s website.  
  • Faculty members are obligated to forward any report made by a student related to IEEO matters to the Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity. Students can confidentially report alleged incidences through the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center, Counseling Center, or University Health Services. 

Classroom Behavior and Expectations

  • Students will be respectful of each other and the instructor. This means coming to class on time and staying through the entire class. Asking questions for clarification respectfully and respecting your classmates’ questions and comments. You may use your computer to take notes; however, if you are seen at any time using social media during class (FB, email etc.) you will lose that right. Phones are permitted in class and must be placed face down at your desk and in silent mode. You will have an opportunity to check email/texts at designated times during class. 

Withdrawals and Incompletes

  • Issues related to enrollment and withdrawals are handled consistent with the University Senate Rules. Students are expected to withdraw from the class if more than 20% of the classes scheduled for the semester are missed (excused or unexcused) per university policy.

Inclement Weather

  • Students should be aware of the following sources of information in the event of inclement weather or other problems which might cause the University to close. Remember, if the University is open, students are expected to be in attendance and all tests will be given. If the University is closed, on a test day, expect the test to be given on the next class day unless otherwise notified. The latest information is available on the UK website at www.uky.edu



Bias Incident Support Services

  • Bias Incident Support Services (BISS) provides confidential support and advocacy for any student, staff, or faculty member impacted by bias, hatred, and/or an act of identity-based violence.  BISS staff aid impacted parties in accessing campus and community resources, including the Bias Incident Response Team, the University’s official reporting system for acts that negatively impact a sense of belonging. Campus and community consultation and educational opportunities centered on inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging is a resource also provided by BISS. For more detailed information please visit the BISS website (www.uky.edu/biss) or contact them via email (BISS@uky.edu). 

Counseling Center

  • The UK Counseling Center (UKCC) provides a range of confidential psychological services to students enrolled in 6 credit hours or more, psychoeducational outreach programming (including QPR suicide prevention), and consultation to members of the UK community (students, faculty, staff, administrators, parents, concerned others).  Please visit the website https://www.uky.edu/counselingcenter/ for more detailed information, or call 859.257.8701.

Violence Intervention and Prevention Center

  • If you experience an incident of sex- or gender-based discrimination or interpersonal violence, we encourage you to report it. While you may talk to a faculty member or TA/RA/GA, understand that as a "Responsible Employee" of the University these individuals MUST report any acts of violence (including verbal bullying and sexual harassment) to the University's Title IX Coordinator in the IEEO Office. If you would like to speak with someone who may be able to afford you confidentiality, you can visit the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center’s website at www.uky.edu/vipcenter, or E-mail them at VIPcenter@uky.edu or call (859) 257-3574.
  • The VIP Center accepts walk-in appointments in the lower level of Frazee Hall, facing Administration Drive.

Presentation U! Academic Coaching

  • Presentation U is UK’s centralized support center for multimodal communication skills and projects. Our services support the development of communication competence and confidence among undergraduate students. We offer free, drop-in, and by appointment (both online and face-to-face) peer tutoring.  Academic Coaching is an opportunity for students to work with an undergraduate peer or graduate student to identify strengths and weaknesses related to their learning and study strategies. Our CRLA certified trained coaches will collaboratively work with you on an ongoing basis to develop an action plan, fill in the gaps, and support you to meet your goals. You can schedule an individual coaching appointment or drop-in. Please visit PresenationU to make an appointment. For questions about this service, please contact PresentationU@uky.edu or call (859) 218-5186,

The Study

  • The Study (www.uky.edu/thestudy) is the University of Kentucky’s centralized peer tutoring center. The Peer Tutoring Program provides FREE, drop-in, peer tutoring for many core courses in mathematics, science, & business. Offering proactive assistance, the goal of the Peer Tutoring Program at The Study is to enhance students' academic experience as early and as often as possible. Learn from and alongside your peers in an open and relaxed group tutoring environment. In addition to the Peer Tutoring Program, The Study now offers Common Hour Review (CHR) sessions. These large group tutoring sessions focus on practice problems and exam prep strategies.  CHR sessions are offered for many of the most highly trafficked courses.  The Study's CHR sessions are held at The 90 several nights prior to the Common Hour Exam date. Peer Tutors at The Study are nationally certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA).  These well-trained undergraduate students have successfully completed the course for which they tutor at UK, making them a great resource for questions about course format or online homework systems in addition to questions pertaining to the subject.
  • Visit The Study at any of their THREE locations!  The Study Central (TSC), on the garden level of Donovan Hall (entrance is diagonal from K-Lair) on central campus;  The Study North (TSN),  on the bottom floor of Jewell Hall (residence hall across from the Student Center) on north campus; and NEW this Fall The Study South (TSS), located in the large classroom of Woodland Glen III (entrance through the courtyard).  Peer tutoring is offered Monday-Thursday from 2pm-10pm at The Study Central & The Study North, Monday & Wednesday from 4pm-10pm at The Study South, and on Sunday from 4pm-10pm at The Study North & The Study South.