Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

  • Sophomores and Juniors in environmental programs are encouraged to apply for the KY Department for Environmental Protection Scholarship.  Application deadline is Wednesday, February 15.  To learn more about the scholarship, click here.
  • UK Alumni Association Scholarship is now available. Students must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Kentucky with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Online application must be submitted by Friday, February 17. Click here for more information. 
  • The Office of Undergraduate Research and Education Abroad offers a joint application for up to 4 summer research abroad funding scholarships.This $5000 scholarship provides engaged students from all disciplines the opportunity to significantly enhance the quality of their research through collaboration with a faculty member in a different culture. Open to any UK student who has completed at least one semester of research and plans to return to UK in Fall 2017. For more information, click here. 
  • The $2,500 summer sustainability grants promote projects that will make a significant contribution to students' academic growth and a scholarly contribution in their discipline. *Sustainability here is understood as the process of simultaneously advancing economic vitality, ecological integrity, and social equity, now and into the future. Open to any UK undergraduate who has completed at least one semester of research and plans to return to UK in Fall 2017.  For more information, click here.
  • The Office of Undergraduate Research annually awards a vast number of summer research grants. This grant provides undergraduate with the opportunity to study in a wide variety of disciplines while doing intensive and self-directed research or creative work under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Open to any full-time UK undergraduate student of any major who has completed at least 1 semester of research with a faculty mentor and will return to UK in Fall 2017. For more information, click here
  • The Garden Club of Kentucky has scholarships available for students studying horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, plant science, city planning, forestry, and allied subjects. For more information, click here. 

Job Opportunities

  • The Rittschof Lab is looking for undergraduates to assist with honey bee beekeeping, field research, and molecular work during summer 2017. Full-time and part-time positions are available. Start and end dates are negotiable. An ideal candidate would start in May and work through August. You will have the opportunity to continue research during the academic year. Students with some beekeeping experience are desired, but any motivated and accountable student is encouraged to apply. For more information, click here. 
  • The American Hereford Association is now accepting applications for a summer junior activities internship. The intern will assist with planning and execution of junior shows and events. Applicants should be college juniors or seniors and must be enrolled in an Ag-related major. Strong candidates are self starters, detail oriented, outgoing and able to work with different types of people. Applications due Wednesday, February 15. Send resume, letter, and references to Amy Cowan, For more information, click here. 
  • Levy at Churchill Downs is now hiring for the Spring Meet. They have openings for the following part-time positions: Banquet Bartender, Banquet Food Runner, Banquet Server, Barback, Concessions Bartender, Concessions Cook, Concessions Cashier, Concessions Counter Worker, Dishwasher, Line Cook, Prep Cook, Meat Carver, Restaurant Host, Restaurant Busser, Restaurant Server, Restaurant Server Assistant. For more information or to apply online, click here

Experiential Opportunities

  • Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis hosts a summer academy to introduce undergraduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to law school and various careers that they may pursue with a law degree. Students with at least 50 credit hours and a cumulative 2.7 GPA are encouraged to apply.  Academy dates are June 5 - 10, 2017.  If selected, admission and meals are free. For more information, click here
  • 2017 Winter Intersession study abroad informational meeting on Tuesday February 28th, 2017 in Jacobs Science Building rm 121 5pm – 6pm for BIO 355: Biology Study Abroad: Australian Ecosystems. Swim with turtles at the Great Barrier Reef, stalk kangaroos in the wild, observe koalas in their natural habitat. Participate in a conservation project to preserve koala habitat. Travel dates are December 26, 2017 - January 9th, 2017.

Club Meetings

  • All students are welcome to attend the UK Ecology Club Meeting Monday, February 13 at 5:00 in room 305 of the Thomas Hunt Morgan Building. The Ecology Club is an organization dedicated to those who share interests in ecology and related fields of science. Their goals are to nurture interest in ecology and guide those who seek a career in the field of ecology. For more information, click here. 
  • Horticulture Club is having a meeting on Wednesday February 15, from 5:00 - 6:30 at Greenhouse 12.  They will be transplanting various tropical plants and preparing for more sales. For more information, click here. 


  • Monday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 14, the UK Horticulture Club will be selling terrariums, tropical plants and valentine planters from 11:00 to 3:00 outside the Ag Deli. 
  • The University is hosting its Spring 2017 Career and Internship Fair on Wednesday, February 22 from 11:00 to 3:00.  Students must wear professional attire and are encouraged to bring copies of their resume. For more information, click here
  • On the afternoon of February 23, various graduate and professional schools from the SEC and ACC networks will host virtual fairs for students interested in learning more about their programs.  For more information, and to register, click here. 
  • From Atlanta to Chicago to Cleveland, the University of Kentucky is offering a variety of bus routes over Spring Break, one-way and round trip. For more information, click here. 
  • The Food Connection is hosting an event with artist Lori Larusso in the kitchen on Thursday, February 16th, at 4:30 PM. Open to the public. For more information, click here or check out her other work here.
  • Researchers in the Biosystems Engineering department are looking for participants for a gluten free bread (millet based) sensory evaluation. This will take place on February 17 in room 201 of the W.P. Garrigus Building. Time slots available from 1-5:40 (20 minutes/slot). Participants will receive $10 after completing the study. Note: those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should not participate, as gluten cross-contamination is possible. To sign up, click here. 
  • Presentation U invites all students to the POWER HOUR series.  Workshops are offered Monday through Thursday, 6-7:00 at Classroom B 110, in the the Hub, W.T. Young Library basement. For more information, click here.
      • Tuesday February 14 Digital Video 101-Basic Techniques for Video Recording presented by Media Depot
        The presentation will include basic camera, lighting and audio recording techniques. It will touch on basic editing tools and workflows for properly building a multimedia project working towards a final video that can be shared with an instructor. The presentation will also include information about story boarding, script writing, and tips for actors. There will be demonstrations of the equipment and proper techniques.
      • Wednesday February 15 Undergraduate Research: What You Do When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing presented by Undergraduate Research
        This session will dive in to the common misconception of undergraduate research, how to find research opportunities at UK, and the funding available to students doing research. The goal is for you to leave the session feeling inspired, empowered, and prepared to go out and create new knowledge.
      • Thursday February 16 Group Projects & Presentations
        Learn how to work cohesively and ensure a great final group project.

Course Promotion

  • Insect Biology (ENT 110-001) will be offered in fall 2017 (TR 9:30-10:45) which fulfills the UK Core Natural Science requirement.  It's a lecture course that covers a wide range of topics including insect identification, behavior, ecology, beneficial insects, insect pests and how to deal with them, and diseases that are spread by insects. Come learn about these creatures that far outnumber humans! 

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