More than 33% of College of Engineering undergraduates participate in research in some form. All students are encouraged to conduct research as an undergraduate. Students can participate in research at any point in their academic program. You do not need to be an upperclassman to conduct research.
Undergraduate research is a great way to explore new interests, translate what you are learning in the classroom into a real-world situation, work closely with a faculty mentor in his/her research group, and gain important skills for use in the future.
- Enhance your problem-definition, problem-solving, and analytical skills
- Provide active, hands-on learning, through which you can experience the application of the abstract concepts covered in your engineering courses
- Prepare you for a rewarding career in academia or industry
- Help you develop the skills critical to effective teamwork
- Provide access to mentoring relationships and supportive professional networks
- Your mentor expects that you will be as committed to your research experience as you are any of your classes. You should expect to commit 10 hours per week to your research experience during the academic year and more if you continue during the summer.
- You are now a member of your faculty mentor’s research group. You will work with senior researchers including post-doctoral scholars, research scientists, and graduate students, but you may also work with other undergraduates. You are a contributing member of this team.
- You are welcome part of a research group. Communication is key to the success of this team. Attend meetings with your mentor and the research group. Share your activities and results. Most of all, if you have questions, ask! If you encounter a problem, let someone know immediately.
- You are expected to follow all established laboratory procedures involving safety and research integrity.
Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars
This event gives undergraduate students from across the University of Kentucky a forum to present their research to the university community and general public. The date for the 2018 showcase is Wednesday, April 25. For more information, visit the Showcase website.
Posters at the Capitol
This annual event is held at the state capitol in Frankfort. Undergraduate students from the eight state-supported universities present their research to state legislators with the aim of increasing an understanding of the important role of undergraduate research in the Commonwealth. The date for the 2018 event is Thursday, March 8. Detailed information may be found at the Posters website.
National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
This is the annual conference dedicated specifically to promote and celebrate undergraduate research. It is held at a different university each year. The University of Kentucky hosted NCUR in 2014. The University of Central Oklahoma will host the 2018 conference April 4-7, 2018. For additional information including deadline dates and poster submission information, visit the NCUR website.
To search all NSF REU sites, visit: https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.jsp
To search engineering specific NSF REU sites, visit: https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.jsp?unitid=10006&d-49653-p=1
UK Office of Undergraduate Research