Registration now open for Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars


LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2023) — As an R1 university — the Carnegie Classification for the most research-intensive higher education institutions in the U.S. — the University of Kentucky has a thriving undergraduate research program. UK students have many opportunities to pursue research projects in a wide range of disciplines that help to create a well-rounded student experience.

The Office of Undergraduate Research is celebrating 17 years of supporting students presenting their research at the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars. This year’s 17th annual Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars is on Wednesday, April 26, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in the Gatton Student Center Grand Ballroom.

The Showcase is an opportunity for undergraduates to present their work through oral sessions, posters, artistic exhibits or performances. The event gives students from all disciplines a chance to engage in public outreach and polish their presentation skills. Peers, faculty and the local community are invited to come learn about the wide range of undergraduate research conducted at UK.

“The Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars is a great opportunity to take your research involvement to the next level. I love participating in the showcase every year because I am able to share my work and receive feedback from faculty and students across campus, learn more about the research projects taking place at our R1 university and applaud the work of my peers,” said Christine Haddad, junior Honors biology major.

Presenting research at the Showcase highlights the outcomes of student research activities. Presentations promote student research efforts, sharpen student presentation skills and lead to increased visibility within the research community.

“The Showcase is a perfect way to become comfortable talking about your research, especially if you are new to presenting, because it offers a more relaxed environment,” said Kaitlyn Brock, junior Honors neuroscience and psychology major. “I had an amazing experience meeting researchers outside of my discipline and learning about the cool projects they were working on.”

Showcase registration opened March 1 and closes April 1, 2023. All undergraduates are welcome to present, perform or demonstrate their faculty-mentored scholarly work. Students can register for the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars here.

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

The event is open to the public and students, faculty and staff are highly encouraged to attend.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.