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Opportunity to Join Research Team Transforms UK Students’ Careers

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2019) — When students come to the University of Kentucky, they discover many opportunities that ignite their passion. For Kyra Seevers, Kristina Gessel and Stephen Parsons, that opportunity was undergraduate research. 

They each work on the Digital Restoration Initiative team with computer science professor Brent Seales in the UK College of Engineering. His research to digitally unwrap and read damaged manuscripts has taken him and his students around the world and has garnered international media attention with features on "NOVA," "60 Minutes," National Geographic, Smithsonian magazine, CNN, The Guardian and the BBC. 

Watch this video to learn how doing research at UK changed these three students’ lives.

This video is the first installment in our new UKNow series, which will highlight the numerous “opportunities that ignite passion” for University of Kentucky students. If there’s a robust student experience you’d like to see featured in this new series, email us


This is a photo of an undergraduate researcher on the Digital Restoration Initiative team, loading a fragment into the scanner.
This is a photo of a masters student, studying digital images of a damaged manuscript.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.