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OUR Mission

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.


Meet Our Team

Dr Chad Risko Director


Faculty Director, Office of Undergraduate Research

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry &
Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER)

Jesi Jones-Bowman


Student Program and Marketing Specialist


What is Undergraduate Research?

The Council on Undergraduate Research defines undergraduate research as “An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.” 

Undergraduate research helps students apply classroom learning to new areas and fuels student creativity and curiosity. Undergraduates at UK have a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a project led by top researchers and gain experiential “hands-on” learning that is translatable to real-world skills.


Physics undergraduate research summer fellows with mentor Chris Crawford

Benefits of Undergraduate Research

Explore the unknown. Research gives students the skills to think for themselves, critically evaluate information, and use their creativity to explore.

  • Explore career directions

  • Work one-on-one with internationally distinguished faculty 

  • Participate in cutting-edge research projects with far-reaching impact

  • Develop your problem-solving skills, creativity, teamwork, and critical thinking abilities

  • Earn credit outside the classroom 

  • Set yourself apart for graduate or professional school admission or high-level employment

  • Have fun!

Services We Offer

We provide students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines with ample opportunities to develop as scholars. The specific programs and services we facilitate include:

  • Connect undergraduates with research, scholarship and creative endeavors

  • Information sessions

  • Student research skills workshops and events

  • Research funding and presentation programs

  • Showcase undergraduate research on campus, locally, nationally, and internationally

  • Faculty mentor recognition programs

  • Research-oriented classroom presentations

Explore an interest. Ignite a passion. Dream big and be bold.

Willian Tan China UGRAS 2018
Solar eclipse student research team
Music education research student with mentor