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Conducting research during the summer can be a transformative experience for undergraduate students as you put your skills to the test in labs, in the fields, in library collections, in art studios, and on the stage. 

 

The Office of Undergraduate Research annually awards a vast number of undergraduates the opportunity to try something new or take their experience to the next level during the summer term. This fellowship provides undergraduates with the opportunity to study in a wide variety of disciplines while doing intensive and self-directed research or creative work under the supervision of a faculty mentor.    

 

 

Apply for a Summer Research & Creativity Fellowship

Application Opens Dec. 15

Student Research Spotlight

We are excited to showcase the great things our undergraduate student researchers and their mentors are doing at UK and also help inspire other undergraduate students to pursue research experiences. Take a moment to tell us about your research achievements and experiences!

Share Your Research

 

 

Eligibility

Any full-time UK undergraduate student of any major who has completed at least 1 semester (preferably 2+) of research with a faculty mentor. The student also must be returning to the University of Kentucky in the following Fall Semester as an undergraduate. 

Students are encouraged to apply for multiple summer research fellowships

Students may be offered multiple summer research awards, but a student can only receive ONE summer research award from the UK Office of Undergraduate Research (e.g. Summer Research and Creativity Fellowship, Summer Sustainability Fellowships, or Undergraduate Research Abroad Scholarship)

Important Dates

  • Application Opens: December 15, 2019
  • Application/Letters Deadline: February 15, 2020 
  • Apply Online Here!
  • UK Faculty Letter of Recommendation Here
  • Decision Notification by April 15, 2020

Application Requirements and Proposal Format

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Carefully read all of the information below before applying.  

  1. Completed Application Form 
  2. Research Proposal (details below)
  3. Budget Worksheet
  4. Faculty mentor(s) recommendation and willingness to supervise the project. (2-page maximum)

PROPOSAL FORMAT AND GUIDELINES

Format Requirements 

  1. 500 words minimum and 1000 words maximum (2-4 pages)
  2. Microsoft Word Document or PDF
  3. Include the project title, your name, faculty sponsor's name, department in which the research is being done.

Writing Guidelines 

(The body of your proposal MUST provide a brief background along with the question you plan to address.) 

  1. What background information to do have about the topic you will be studying?
  2. What role did you, the student, play in planning the project?
  3. What is the specific issue you will be addressing or question you will be asking?
  4. What specific methods will you use to perform your research or creativity?
  5. Will the project make a scholarly contribution to the discipline? If so, how?
  6. What do you expect to gain from the experience?
  7. What is the budget of your project?

 

Your faculty mentor should be able to help you provide a brief overview of costs associated with your research. Providing this budget does not mean you are required to use your monies for the direct purpose of the project.

 

Summer Research Fellowship Requirements

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Students are encouraged to apply for multiple summer research fellowships
  • Students may be offered multiple summer research awards, but a student can only receive (1) summer research award from the UK Office of Undergraduate Research (e.g. Summer Research and Creativity Fellowship, Summer Sustainability Fellowships, or Undergraduate Research Abroad Scholarship)
  • Students are required to maintain communication with their mentor and the Office of Undergraduate Research staff
  • NOTE: Failure to comply with any and all of the requirements contained in the signed agreement form will require the recipient of the money awarded to return the funds to the Office of Undergraduate Research. This includes all monies provided in the grant amount.
  • If your research has taken a different direction than outlined in your proposal please contact our office. 

MID-SUMMER UPDATE

Due date: July 8, 2020

  1. Email ugresearch@uky.edu  at least 2 high-quality photos (600+ dpi). Preferably these photos will be of you actively engaged in your research.    
  2. Caption for each photo that includes student’s name, explanation of what they are doing, and focus of research
  3. Quote about your summer research experience to date. 
  4. Title your email: "Summer Research - First Name Last Name" 

NOTE: Students are required to maintain communication with their faculty mentor during the Summer Research Fellowship. Our office will contact all faculty mentors following the Mid-Summer check-in deadline of July 8, 2019.

FINAL REPORT

Due date: August 24, 2020

Upload Final Report HERE

Format Requirements 

  1. 500 words minimum and 1000 words maximum (2-4 pages)
  2. Microsoft Word Document or PDF
  3. Include the project title, your name, faculty sponsor's name, department in which the research is being done.

 

SHOWCASE OF UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARS

Students awarded a Summer Research and Creativity Fellowship must register and present their research at the Office of Undergraduate Research's Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars the following Spring Semester.  Summer 2020 Research Fellows will be required to present their research at the April 2021 Showcase.

For more information about the Showcase and how to register please click here

 

Final Report Format and Guidelines

1. Background Information

This may be similar to what you provided in your proposal. What is the purpose of your research and how will it contribute to your field of study? Your introduction should be directed at all readers, not just those in your particular field.

2. Methodology

Was it carried out as originally planned? If not, why? How did you adjust for the change in plans?

3. Results

What sort of results did you see from your research and what can you conclude from them, and do they align with your hypothesis?  What are the implications of these results and where does this study go from here? What impact does this study have within the discipline, and how might it affect the real world? 

4. Your Experience - answer each question below

  • How has this experience contributed to your undergraduate education and your life goals?
  • What experiences will you take from this summer's research that will impact your future in education, research, or professional career?
  • Was your mentor available and helpful in guiding your summer research experience?
  • In reflecting back on this summer, what could have been done differently, if anything, to improve your summer research experience? 

Application Judging Criteria

Applications are judged on the following criteria:

  1. The proposal is well-written (clear, concise, well-developed and scholarly.)
  2. The role of the student researcher is clearly articulated with an emphasis on independent work and creative thought.
  3. According to the student and/or mentor, the project has a high likelihood of making a scholarly contribution to the proposed discipline or student’s academic growth.
  4. The proposal outlines an achievable project with a realistic timeline for a summer-long project.
  5. The faculty letter demonstrates strong support for the student applicant and the project.
  6. The budget is reasonable and realistic for the proposed project. 
  7. All required elements were included on the application: (1) name and contact information; (2) title; (3) hypothesis or purpose; (4) background; (5) methods and potential outcomes; (6) general budget; (7) letter from mentor

Awards will be announced by April 15. Students will receive email notification of the outcome of their applications and instructions and forms required to accept the award.

 

 

 

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