Register for Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 3, 2021) — Registration is now open for the 15th annual Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars, which will be held virtually April 27-29, 2021. Since 2006, the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars has been hosted by the UK Office of Undergraduate Research.

This year’s theme is “Celebrating Big Dreamers and Strategic Thinkers” and will offer both synchronous and asynchronous virtual presentations over the course of three days. The showcase celebrates the accomplishments of UK students and encourages them along the path of intellectual achievement. It also celebrates the inspiration and creativity of UK's student scholars and the dedication of their mentors. 

Showcase is also an opportunity to recognize and honor the dedication of hundreds of faculty research mentors who devote their time and energy to students in the labs and other creative endeavors. Each year, students nominate their faculty for the honor of receiving the UK Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year award. Students can submit their mentor’s nomination here.

Registration is open to every UK undergraduate student engaged in faculty-mentored research, scholarly or creative inquiry. Everyone who successfully registers by the April 1, 2021 deadline will be eligible to present. Student presentations will be presented live via Zoom with audience Q&A session after each. Click here for student registration for the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars.

For questions about registering for the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars or submitting a nomination for the UK Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, please contact Jesi Bowman at

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