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The central Office of Undergraduate Research recently underwent restructuring.  Please see the communication from Dr. Lisa Cassis, Vice President for Research on this process. 



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.

Explore Funding Programs

Presentation Opportunities.

Presenting research provides students with an important opportunity to level up your presentation and communication skills. 

Discover Presentation Opportunities

Research Opportunities.

DISCOVERY FOR EVERY DISCIPLINE. Explore what's wildly possible with undergraduate research!

Browse Research Opportunities

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. 


Get Started.

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. 

Find Your Pathway to Research

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. 

Discover what's Wildly Possible

Quote_Asare Nkansah_Conducting research has absolutely transformed my experience at UK. It's an incredible chance to maximize your true potential and elevate your skillset to the next level!

Why Get Involved with Research

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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!


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. 

Share Your Alumni Update

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

Students in the News

Dunbar Students Sweep Regional Science Fair With Mentorship From Markey

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 30, 2022) — Earlier this year, three Lexington-native Paul Laurence Dunbar High School students earned first, second and third place overall at the 2022 Best of Fair regional science awards, all with training from University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center faculty members.

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!

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