University of Kentucky Undergraduate Research Agriculture Food and Environment

Whether you're preparing for advanced studies, wanting to expand your network, or ready to apply your knowledge to real-world problems, there is a research mentor waiting for your help.


Getting Started

  1. Get Connected
    Register with the UK Office of Undergraduate Research to stay updated on upcoming workshops, scholarship opportunities, and other support.
  2. Identify Your Interests and Availability
    Consider your subject interests and career goals. Chat with your advisor about how and when research experiences fit within your degree program. Consider how much time you will be able to commit to a research project. NOTE: Typically, students will devote seven to ten hours per week and will spend at least two consecutive semesters.
  3. Identify Potential Research Projects and Mentors
    Do your homework. Research the many research operations happening within the Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and across the University. Begin making a list of potential opportunities and mentors. 
  4. Contact Potential Mentors
    Send a personalized email to faculty within your area of interest. Include a short bio, explain your interest, and demonstrate how you've done your homework (e.g., "I see your work focuses on agro-tourism and rural development in Appalachia. I would love to learn more about your current projects, and see how I might support your work..."). Limit your outreach to no more than two faculty in the same department. Be prepared to share your resume, transcript and other materials to demonstrate your expertise and work ethic. 
  5. Select a Mentor and Get Started 

For more helpful tips, visit the UK Undergraduate Research website

Need Funding?

The college is now accepting applications for its Undergraduate Research Grant with awards up to $1,000. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 2, 2024


Eligibility Requirements: 
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Have a letter of support from their faculty research mentor
  • Be participating in an undergraduate student research project or research seminars/symposia/workshops/etc.  
  • Have expenses associated with the aforementioned project or activity (e.g., lab supplies, travel to conduct research or present research findings, etc.)
  • Enrollment in a 395 course, or similar research course, is encouraged but not required.

Fact & Fiction

Myth: You can only choose research projects within your major.
Fact: If you're interested and committed, you can join research anywhere.

Myth: Research only happens with labs and test tubes. 
Fact: Research happens in stores, streams, stables - everywhere! 

Emily's Research Experience