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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!


Are you an Undergraduate Student Interested in Research?

Connect with the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and stay up-to-date with UK's undergraduate research activities, workshops, skills trainings, opportunities & more! 

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Meet the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors

UK's Research Ambassadors have a passion for promoting undergraduate research and creative scholarship and helping students connect with research opportunities. Ambassadors will help to represent undergraduate research at events coordinated by the OUR and their home College.


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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$1.17 Million Awarded to Support Undergraduate Researchers

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

9,154 Undergraduate Students Served

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


Since 2009, 762 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