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22 Undergraduate Research Ambassadors

Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Undergraduate Research Ambassadors! This year's outstanding group represents 6 colleges, 15 disciplines, and 18 research areas.

2022-23 Research Ambassadors list
URA Info Session leadership 2019 Joe Walden Adan Deeb

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors (URAs) are a multi-disciplinary, diverse team of students that serve a central role as advocates for undergraduate research and creative scholarship at the University of Kentucky. The goal of the URA program is to increase awareness and create opportunities for students to actively engage in research and creative scholarship. URAs facilitate this goal by providing presentations to the campus community, creating relevant workshops and programming, and representing OUR at research, recruiting, and outreach events.

UK's Research Ambassadors have a passion for promoting undergraduate research and creative scholarship and helping students connect with research opportunities.



  • Represent the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), respective college, and the university in a knowledgeable and professional manner

  • Promote undergraduate research involvement and opportunities

  • Assist with student-focused outreach and program events, such as tabling, information sessions, and student workshops

  • Assist at OUR sponsored events (i.e. Showcase, 5-Minute Fast Track) and respective college events

  • Participate in speaking engagements (i.e. Parent & Family Weekend, Entrepreneur Showcase, Curiosity Fair, BBN Orientation)

  • Give presentations to classes and student organizations

  • Serve as student advisory board and provide critical feedback about OUR programs and initiatives



  • Share your research skills with aspiring researchers

  • Develop strong leadership, public speaking, presentation, and teambuilding skills

  • Expand your professional network

  • Be involved in shaping Undergraduate Research programs at UK

  • Add a great resume-building experience

  • Receive an OUR Ambassador shirt and name tag




  • Full-time enrollment as an undergraduate for 2022-23 in good academic standing

  • Must have at least two (2) terms of research experience (fall, spring, summer)

  • Strong oral/written communication skills, leadership skills, and work ethic

  • Ability to provide an encouraging, supportive environment for diverse groups of individuals

  • Application is open to students in ALL majors

  • Must commit to one (1) academic year term

  • Must commit to continue research in the academic year as an active peer mentor

  • Must attend mandatory training March 29- 30, 2022 and meetings every month. Failure to attend the entire training in March will result in the student losing their ambassador position, as this is the only orientation and extensive training offered. 

  • Must comply with the University of Kentucky Code of Conduct

  • Time commitment of 10 hours per semester outside of URA meetings every month. Most events last 1-hour and require multiple ambassadors.





  • Complete online application

  • Upload current Resume/CV

  • Upload Photo

  • Letter of Recommendation from a research mentor that speaks to your experience as a researcher and student leader. Mentors can email their letters directly to the office ( 

  • 2 Short-answer Essay Questions




  • Application Opens: February 15, 2022

  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2022 by 11:55 pm EDT

  • URA Program Interest Sessions:  February 10, 2022  OR  March 2, 2022   @ 6-7 PM

  • Ambassador Meet & Greet Social: March 8, 2022 @ 5:30 - 6:15pm;  Room 211 Funkhouser

  • Interviews: March 21-22, 2022 

  • Announcement of Selection Results: March 25, 2022

  • Mandatory Ambassador Training: March 29 - 30, 2022;  5-7:30 PM both days 

    *Failure to attend the entire training will result in the student losing their ambassador position, as this is the only orientation and extensive training offered.  
  • Ambassador Leadership Training: August 17, 2022; 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM


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