The central Office of Undergraduate Research is currently undergoing restructuring. Please see the communication from Dr. Lisa Cassis, Vice President for Research on this process and the call for applicants for the newly created position of Faculty Director of Undergraduate Research.
Your Undergraduate Research Journey Begins Here.
Funding and Awards.
There are several ways for students at the University of Kentucky to obtain funding for research-based, scholarly, or creative projects.
Presenting research provides students with an important opportunity to level up your presentation and communication skills.
DISCOVERY FOR EVERY DISCIPLINE. Explore what's wildly possible with undergraduate research!
Register with OUR.
Discover what’s wildly possible with undergraduate research. Register with the Office of Undergraduate Research and stay up-to-date on research opportunities, workshops, skills trainings, and events.
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) helps students from all disciplines and backgrounds get involved in research. The Quick Start Guide to OUR explains how to get started. Our team is dedicated to serving UK's undergraduates and getting them connected with engaging research opportunities.
Student Success and Photo Gallery
Discover what undergraduate research looks like from a student’s perspective. Current and former undergraduate research students share their experiences and offer helpful tips from getting started to finishing strong.
Why Get Involved with 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
Total number of undergraduate research program participants, interest session attendees, and advising consultations since 2009.
The OUR offers seven programs and research funding opportunities for undergraduate students.
The OUR provides one-on-one guidance and assistance with exploring research interests, identifying research opportunities, and connecting students with research mentors.
Discover What's Wildly Possible.
Alumni Spotlight: Where are They Now?
We love hearing from former students and mentors! We're interested in what happens to our undergraduate research graduates and how they feel about their time and experiences here. Share YOUR story with us.
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!
Students in the News
Have a Question?
Have a question? Visit our FAQ page for answers to some of the most common questions about undergraduate research at UK. If you need additional assistance, we're just an email or phone call away!