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Why UK?

Research with Professionals

If you want to work with renowned faculty, immerse yourself in an active research lab, present at conferences and publish scientific papers in respected journals, you should consider a graduate degree program at the University of Kentucky. Twenty-four of our faculty members have received CAREER Awards from the National Science Foundation, and the college annually receives between $30-40 million in grant awards. In addition, because UK houses the Colleges of Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Agriculture, Food and Environment on the same campus, opportunities for collaboration abound.

Student Life

Located in the heart of Lexington, UK’s beautiful campus balances approximately six million square feet in new construction with ornate, historic buildings and plenty of green space. It is crowned by the stunning $200 million Student Center, which opened in 2018. When you’re not in class or the lab, Lexington features a lively downtown, Keeneland Race Track and state parks within a short driving distance.

Engineering Graduate Student Organizations

The College of Engineering has several graduate student-specific organizations in which to become involved. These include:

Engineering Graduate Student Lounge

A lounge area dedicated solely to Engineering graduate students is located in room 322 of the Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems building (CRMS). Entry can be gained through room 324 (kitchen). Access is restricted to active graduate students in the College of Engineering. The lounge is open 24/7. Please use your UK ID card to enter. 

To request access, click here.

The lounge gives graduate students from all COE departments a place to relax and interact with each other on an informal basis. Graduate students are encouraged to socialize in the lounge. While you may read or study in the lounge, it is NOT intended as a quiet study room. The lounge is equipped with comfortable seating areas, café tables and chairs, a foosball table, large screen television, and a variety of board games. The adjacent kitchen includes a refrigerator, microwave, sink, and Keurig hot beverage machine. Bring your own mug and K-cup to brew coffee or tea. 

Campus Recreation

The mission of Campus Recreation is to provide quality recreation and wellness programs and services for the campus community that supports student success and promotes healthy lifestyles. Campus Recreation can also be found on Facebook (facebook.com/UKCampusRec) and Twitter (@ukcampusrec). Visit Campus Recreation’s web site for more information.