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Presenting your research provides you with an important opportunity to share your findings and results with other students and faculty and gain valuable feedback on your work, as well as practice your public speaking skills. 



Presentation Opportunities.

The Food Connection: Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit

The Food Connection at the University of Kentucky, in partnership with Bluegrass Farm to Table and Kentucky Proud, invites you to the Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit. This day of workshops, networking, and conversation is designed to bring together food systems professionals who work on the front lines of growing our local farm and food systems.

Undergraduate research students are encouraged to submit a poster presentation idea related to local food systems. Local food systems span everything from farm to fork, and they span technical, business, behavioral, and societal aspects. The common link is food produced and consumed by people in a limited geographic area.

How to Submit a Poster Idea 

In one page or less, please include the following:

  • the purpose, activities, and outcomes of the work you would like to present

  • how the work relates to local food systems

  • the presenter’s name, collaborators’ names if any, and the department, group, or

    organization you are affiliated with

  • how you will make the poster visually appealing and interesting to a general audience.


Go to The Food Connection @ UK website

UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science Annual Conference

The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) unites clinicians, researchers, and communities to accelerate the translation of basic science discoveries to tangible improvements in health.

The UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) accelerates the translation of basic science discoveries into tangible improvements in public health.  Through funding, training, infrastructure, and community engagement, CCTS facilitates and supports innovative team science to address critical health issues, with special focus on health disparities experienced in Kentucky and Central Appalachia.


Go to Annual CCTS Conference website

UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health Appalachian Research Day

The 6th Annual Appalachian Research Day (ARD): Come Sit on the Porch will be held as a virtual seminar series, beginning Sept. 16, 2020. ARD is an annual event hosted by the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CEHR) to share results of health research conducted with communities in Appalachia.

The agenda for the virtual research series will include:

  • Reducing Environmental Exposures in Appalachia through Community-Academic Partnerships, by Ellen J. Hahn, Ph.D., University of Kentucky Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences, 2  to 3:15 p.m., Sept. 16, 2020.
  • Substance Use Disorder Recovery Task Force Panel, by Jennifer Sandlin, Kentucky State Police; JoAnn Vanzant, Operation Unite; and others to be announced2 to 3:15 p.m., Sept. 30, 2020,
  • Project Presentations by Graduates of the 2020 Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky (CLIK)by the 2020 CLIK graduates: Cathryn Forester, Ricki Draper, Sandra Jones, Sarah Olinger, Brandy Slone and Sherry SpragensModerated by Kathryn Cardarelli, Ph.D., director of the Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky, 2 to 3:15 pm., Oct. 14, 2020.
  • Virtual Poster Session, posters will be judged and the winners will have the opportunity to present their research during this shared session.  All selected posters will be published in an online gallery, 2 to 3:15 p.m., Oct. 30, 2020.

Register for Appalachian Research Day here

Submit poster abstracts here.


Go to UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health website

Off-Campus Presentation Opportunities.

Annual AIChE Student Conference

The Annual Student Conference is four days of career information, social events, competitions, and fun. Student engineers from more than 150 schools celebrate the Chemical Engineering profession, along with young professional members, AIChE leaders, and industry professionals from numerous engineering specialties.

Go to AiChE Student Conference website

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)

ABRCMS is one of the largest professional conferences for underrepresented minority students, military veterans, and persons with disabilities to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. During the four-day conference, over 1,700 students participate in poster and oral presentations in twelve disciplines in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Go to ABRCMS website

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting

The American Educational Research Association (AERA), a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

The 2021 Annual Meeting call for submissions was released May 15; the deadline for submissions is July 22, 11:59 pm PDT. The conference theme is “Accepting Educational Responsibility.” The meeting will be held in Orlando, FL, April 9-12, 2021.

Go to AERA Annual Meeting website

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Southeastern Section Annual Conference

ASEE seeks to promote excellence in engineering education across the full spectrum of engineering fields. Authors are invited to submit full-length manuscripts for presentation at the conference and inclusion in its proceedings.

Go to ASEE Conference website

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention is one of the largest professional development events for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Bringing together approximately 15,000 attendees, the annual Convention offers more than 2,500 sessions eligible for ASHA continuing education credit covering the latest research, clinical skills, and techniques in communication sciences and disorders.

Go to ASHA Convention website

Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Nuclear Physics

The 2020 Fall Meeting of the Division of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society will be held Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. Contributions are welcome on a broad variety of nuclear science topics, including:

  • Hadronic reactions and structure 
  • Rare isotopes
  • Nuclear astrophysics
  • Nuclear reactions and structure
  • Fundamental symmetries and neutrinos
  • Heavy Ion Physics
  • Instrumentation
  • Applications

Go to APS Division of Nuclear Physics website

Annual SACNAS National Conference

The SACNAS National Conference motivates, inspires and engages participants to achieve their highest goals in pursuing education and careers in STEM fields. Conference programming is specifically tailored to support undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and career professionals at each transition stage of their career as they move towards positions of science leadership.

Go to SACNAS National Conference website

Council on Undergraduate Research: Posters on the Hill

Each spring, the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) hosts an annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. This event helps members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact. Applications open annually the first week of September and are generally due between mid-October and mid-November. 

Go to CUR Posters-on-the-Hill website

Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference (DOPE)

Go to DOPE Conference website

The Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference—or DOPE—is organized and hosted by the Political Ecology Working Group (PEWG). PEWG is an interdisciplinary group of graduate students at the University of Kentucky. Since its inception in 2010, this student-organized conference has become one of the largest, most highly regarded international forums for critical discussions at the intersection of ecology, political economy, and science studies. 

Entomological Society of America's (ESA) Annual Meeting

Entomology 2020—ESA’s Virtual Annual Meeting

The Entomology 2020 Program Committee and the ESA Governing Board have been closely watching developments with COVID-19 and scientific society meetings around the country. After careful consideration of the options available to us, the Governing Board has voted to move Entomology 2020 to a fully virtual format.

Entomology 2020 will feature multiple live-streams running simultaneously November 16-19. On-demand content will be available from November 11-25. 

Submissions are now open for Entomology 2020! We are accepting submissions for papers, posters, infographics, and Functions. The deadline for submissions is August 31.

Go to ESA website

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Midwest Political Science Association Conference

In April of each year, the MPSA holds one of the largest political science conferences, with more than 5,000 presenters from throughout the United States and around the world. Traditionally, the national conference is held in Chicago at the historic Palmer House Hilton.

Go to MPSA website

Sigma Tau Delta International Convention

Every spring, Sigma Tau Delta holds its annual international convention, a unique event that allows hundreds of members and Chapter Advisors from around the United States and beyond to gather in one locale, share experiences and expertise, be recognized for their achievements, and participate in the official proceedings of the Society. The convention also provides opportunities to discover new ideas in English and English-related disciplines, while engaging with speakers, presenters, and texts that members might not otherwise encounter.

Plan ahead! The 2021 International Convention will be held March 24 – 27, 2021, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, Denver, CO.

Go to Sigma Tau Delta International Convention website

Sigma Xi Student Research Conference

Outstanding high school, undergraduate, and graduate students are invited to join research scientists from North America and abroad for a celebration of research accomplishments hosted by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, the global honor society for science and engineering research.

Go to Sigma Xi Student Research Conference website

The Wildlife Society’s Annual Conference

The Wildlife Society’s Annual Conference is one of the largest gatherings of wildlife professionals, students and supporters in North America. For more than 20 years, TWS has hosted this unique and informative event that provides more than 950 educational opportunities and more than 40 networking opportunities through working groups, meetings and receptions.

The 27th Annual Conference will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, Sept. 27 – Oct. 1, 2020.

Go to The Wildlife Society website



Students in the News

UK Grad Seeks to Turn the ‘New Normal’ Into ‘Brighter Successes’

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 27, 2020) — The COVID-19 pandemic has turned life upside down for almost everyone, and University of Kentucky students had to quickly adapt to finish out a semester that was unlike any other in UK history. Maria Sanchez, who graduated from UK this May, was no stranger to these challenges. Sanchez chose to share her personal story of family, hard work and resiliency, and how she plans to use her skills and experiences to create a better tomorrow. From Mexico to the U.S.

50 UK Students Chosen to Present at National Conference Now Canceled Due to COVID-19

Before the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 50 outstanding University of Kentucky undergraduate research students learned they were selected to present their faculty-mentored research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). NCUR has since been canceled, but UK's Office of Undergraduate Research is still celebrating the achievement.