Oswald Research and Creativity Submissions Open Through Oct. 28 to UK Undergrads

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2020) The University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is now accepting submissions for the Oswald Research and Creativity Competition. The competition accepts reports of all forms of creativity and scholarship by UK undergraduates. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Students who enter the competition will pick a category that most closely aligns with their project. The submission categories include:

  • Biological Sciences (textual);
  • Design (architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, etc.) (non-textual);       
  • Fine Arts (film, music, painting, sculpture, video, etc.) (textual and non-textual);
  • Humanities: Creative (textual);
  • Humanities: Critical Research (textual);
  • Physical and Engineering Sciences (textual); and
  • Social Sciences (textual).

Students can submit their entries at Students may submit one project across multiple categories (for example, a painting in the Fine Arts category and a poem in the Humanities category).

Awards given in each category are: First Place prize of $350 and Second Place prize of $200. All submissions will be judged by blind judging. Any current UK undergraduate who does not already have a four-year degree is eligible for this competition and invited to submit papers and other projects. Students can submit one project in multiple categories. Category winners will be announced Nov. 18.

A virtual symposium forum will be offered this year to curate and share students’ research and creative projects. There will also be a Design and Fine Arts Display Nov. 2-6 in the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library on campus.

The Oswald Research and Creativity Competition was established in 1964 by then-President John Oswald as part of the university’s Centennial Celebration.

For more information, visit or contact

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.