LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2020) — Conducting research during the summer can be a transformative experience for undergraduate students, as they put their skills to the test in labs, fields, library collections, art studios and the stage. In an effort to engage students in investigative and creative activities and to invest in undergraduate research, the Office of Undergraduate Research provides students with Summer Research Grants, awarded to undergraduates in all areas of intellectual inquiry and many different levels of matriculation.
“The Office of Undergraduate Research encourages students to take their research experience to the next level with a Summer Research Fellowship,” said Jesi Bowman, student program and marketing specialist for the UK Office of Undergraduate Research.
The four different types of summer research fellowships, research options and funding include the following:
- Summer Research and Creativity Grants (up to $2,500);
- Summer Intercollegiate Sustainability Research Experience (up to $5,000), supported by UK Sustainability, UK Student Sustainability Council and The Food Connection;
- Sustainability Summer Grants (up to $2,500); and
- Undergraduate Research Abroad Scholarships (up to $5,000), co-sponsored by Education Abroad & Exchanges.
Last year, the Office of Undergraduate Research supported 62 Summer Research Fellowships, including:
- 2019 Sustainability Research Fellow Brett Quigley, a mechanical engineering major, who conducted sustainable engineering research in Uganda, Africa;
- 2019 Research Abroad Scholarship winner Darian Parker, a mechanical engineering major, who conducted engineering research abroad at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France;
- 2019 Summer Intercollegiate Sustainability Research Experiences Grant winner Maria Sanchez, a political science, international studies, and environmental and sustainability studies major, who studied the impact of social networks and peer influence on the consumption of oysters, an eco-friendly food at the University of Delaware; and
- 2019 Summer Research Grant winner Lucas Barrett, a biology major, who conducted biomedical translational research and studied how specific gene variants affect individuals’ health.
"This research experience has been the most positive experience of my undergraduate education," said Maria Sanchez, Intercollegiate Sustainability Research Experiences Fellow. "Not only did I learn the value of working in a team, but I am now highly motivated to pursue a master’s degree in agricultural and resource economics and continue to be involved in the highly dynamic field of experimental and behavioral economics.”
Any full-time UK undergraduate student of any major who has completed at least one semester of research with a faculty mentor is eligible to apply. The student also must be returning to UK in the following fall semester as an undergraduate.
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