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23 Undergraduate Research Ambassadors

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Undergraduate Research Ambassadors! This year's outstanding group represents 6 colleges, 15 disciplines, and 19 research areas.

URA list 2021-2022
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.

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WHAT DO RESEARCH AMBASSADORS DO?

  • 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)

  • Give presentations to classes and student organizations

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

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BENEFITS OF BEING A RESEARCH AMBASSADOR

  • 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

 

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ELIGIBILITY AND GUIDELINES

  • Full-time enrollment as an undergraduate for 2021-22 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 workshop August 24 and meetings every 6 weeks. 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. 

  • Must comply with the University of Kentucky Code of Conduct

  • Time commitment of 5-10 hours per semester outside of URA meetings every 6 weeks. Most events last 1-hour and require multiple ambassadors.

 

 

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APPLICATION PROCESS

  • 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 (ugresearch@uky.edu)

  • 3 Short-answer Essay Questions

 

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AMBASSADOR SELECTION TIMELINE FOR 2021-2022

  • Application Deadline: July 5, 2021 
  • Notification for 2nd Round Interview: July 9, 2021
  • Interviews: July 13 - 15, 2021
  • Announcement of Selection Results: July 19, 2021
  • Mandatory Training Workshop: August (TBD) 2021

 

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