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Current Guidelines for Undergraduate Research.

The health, safety and well-being of all members of the UK community are our top priorities. 

As of Sept. 28, 2020, we will move to Phase 3. High school students or other volunteers are not allowed during Phase 3. Justification is required for specific undergraduates to participate in research during Phase 3, so that health and safety is maximized and the research mission is protected. Prioritization should be given to undergraduates taking research course credits for degree completion.  Undergraduates involved in research are required to be re-tested prior to initiation of work. Special considerations: Undergraduates can participate in human participants research if safety concerns are addressed adequately in the PI’s plan. However, undergraduate participation in COVID-related research in general should be excluded, but exceptions will be considered if risk is adequately mitigated.

Specific guidelines found on Student and Faculty pages.

Learn More: UK Resumption of Research Phased Plan

COVID 19 updated


The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is dedicated to providing coordination, leadership, and support for University of Kentucky undergraduates in all majors and class levels. We offer awards and activities to support undergraduate research across the university.  The OUR promotes research as a high impact student experience to enhance readiness to succeed in future careers and foster student success.

As a Research I institution, UK students have access to unparalleled research. Undergraduates have the opportunity to engage in extraordinary world-class research across all disciplines and work alongside faculty mentors that are on the forefront of technology and discovery…..and it all starts with your curiosity!


Begin your research journey today.



Are you an Undergraduate Student Interested in Research?

Connecting with the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is the first step in getting involved in research activities at UK.  Begin by registering, attending an information session and/or arranging an appoint for individual coaching.  OUR helps students to identify and connect with research opportunities on campus.

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Virtual Advising Appointments Available


The OUR team provides personalized advising sessions via Zoom, In-Person, and Phone to current and prospective UK Undergraduates. Late and weekend appointments are available upon request.

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Register as an Undergraduate Research Mentor

Get connected with OUR!  Mentors make a difference and the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) provides resources, services, and support for faculty and staff. Register as an undergraduate research mentor today!

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$1.07 Million Awarded to Support Undergraduate Researchers

The OUR offers seven programs and research funding opportunities for undergraduate students.

8,030 Undergraduate Students Served

Total number of undergraduate research program participants, interest session attendees, and advising consultations since 2009.


Since 2009, 707 UK undergraduates have presented their faculty-mentored research at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).



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What does the undergraduate research experience look like?

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UK president Capilouto with undergraduate researcher at KY Capitol