Students: Apply Now to be Undergraduate Research Ambassadors

photo of Joseph Walden and Kenyatta Mitchell
Undergraduate Research Ambassadors Joseph Walden and Kenyatta Mitchell at the 2019 Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars. Photo courtesy of UK Office of Undergraduate Research.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 15, 2021) — Applications are being accepted for positions as University of Kentucky Undergraduate Research Ambassadors for the 2021-2022 school year.

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors (URAs) are a multidisciplinary, diverse team of students engaged in research or creative scholarship in different fields of study across campus that serve a central role as advocates at UK. The URAs work to inspire broader engagement in undergraduate research and creative scholarship by educating and serving the UK community and beyond. Ambassadors provide presentations to the campus community, create relevant workshops and programming, and represent the Office of Undergraduate Research, their respective colleges and the university at research, recruiting and outreach events.

URAs are chosen competitively through an interview process. Applicants are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Full-time enrollment as an undergraduate for 2021-22 in good academic standing
  • Must have at least two (2) terms of research experience (fall, spring, summer)
  • Strong oral/written communication skills, leadership skills and work ethic
  • Ability to provide an encouraging, supportive environment for diverse groups of individuals
  • Application is open to students in ALL majors
  • Must commit to one (1) academic year term
  • Must commit to continue research in the academic year as an active peer mentor
  • Must comply with the UK Code of Conduct

Students interested in applying to become a URA can complete an application at All applications require a photograph, a resume/CV and letter of recommendation. The deadline to apply is 11:55 p.m. EDT Monday, July 5, 2021.

The application process has two rounds: (1) an online application form and (2) a virtual interview. No application will be accepted after the deadline. Information regarding interviews will be distributed Friday, July 9.

For more information, contact Jesi Bowman at or at 859-257-0049.

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.