Undergrads: Turn Summer into a Research Experience

UK undergraduate Nicole Marguerite has been conducting research alongside mentor Robin Cooper, Ph.D., in the College of Arts and Science's Biology department.
UK undergraduate researcher Sundus "Sunny" Ghuneim.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2022) — Summer offers an ideal opportunity for undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky to engage in research and creative experiences that prepare them for graduate school and future careers.

Seventeen colleges across UK’s campus have received funds from the Office of the Vice President for Research through the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) to fund undergraduate research and creative work. Colleges and the OUR host several summer programs where students can further their knowledge and skills in a specific discipline–or explore new areas of research and creative activity. Many also offer stipends to help support work on new or ongoing projects.

"Summer research is a great opportunity for me to continue the work that I do during the fall and spring semesters, so this experience has allowed me to work continuously and sustain a long-term project,” said Sundus "Sunny" Ghuneim, a senior Agriculture and Medical Biotechnology major who worked with mentor Analia Loria, Ph.D., in the College of Medicine’s department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences last summer. “This research has allowed me to learn not only laboratory skills, but also organizational and leadership skills that I can translate to my future career and research."

Students from all majors are encouraged to explore and apply for programs listed below and on OUR’s website here. Students are also invited to contact the college where their major is located to find out more information on how to apply. Application deadlines are approaching, with many set for March 1, 2022. 

Programs offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research:

Programs offered by colleges across UK include:

The OUR is also offering several workshops to help students apply:


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