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Undergraduate Innovations in Research Symposium and Open House

October 27th, 2023

Are you a current undergraduate in STEM? Do you want to have an exciting career in research/innovation? Are you curious about opportunities in chemical engineering and materials engineering? IF SO, WE WANT YOU!

We are pleased to offer our second annual undergraduate research symposium to anyone interested in learning more about chemical engineering, materials engineering, research, innovations, and higher education.

The goal of the symposium is to celebrate the successes during your educational career! We acknowledge that everyone has a different path through school and jobs and has achievements that can be celebrated. Participation in the symposium will also offer an opportunity to network with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky. We will showcase opportunities and innovations taking place at the University of Kentucky, particularly in graduate education.

The symposium is a free opportunity to get to know more about chemical and materials engineering and opportunities at the University of Kentucky. The symposium will take place October 27th. The symposium will provide an opportunity to talk to alumni about jobs possible with a graduate degree in chemical engineering or materials engineering. Likewise, there will be opportunities to learn about innovations being discovered in the UK! Lastly, you will get to network and meet new individuals with similar interests in chemical and materials engineering.

What you will get out of this:

  • An extra achievement to include on the resume
  • Connect with other students who are navigating the same transition to graduate school or career
  • Practice technical communication skills
  • Show off your ideas and work
  • Network with STEM/Discovery-minded peers

What you can expect:
We will provide the opportunity for attendees and presenters to explore our campus, see our facilities, and get to know us. You will have a chance to talk to current graduate students, faculty, staff, and hear about the exciting research opportunities in our programs.


Time Event
12:00-12:15 PM Welcome
12:15-1:00 PM Lunch with Overview of Grad Programs and Opportunities
1:00-1:30 PM Graduate Student Panel
1:30-2:00 PM Lab Tours
2:00-2:15 PM Break
2:15-3:00 PM Introduction to Chemical and Materials Engineering Research
3:00-3:30 PM Overview of Department Values and Culture
3:30-4:30 PM Poster Presentations
4:30-5:00 PM Refreshments

The application process:
Fill out an application form online. The first deadline is October 6th, and we will accept others on a rolling admission basis. Make sure to indicate if you would like to present a poster (We are happy to provide a template and print the finished file).

The decision process:
All who apply will be invited to participate in the symposium and open house. A select group of students will be selected to present based on their application strength.

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Frequently Asked Questions

YES! This event is open to everyone currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree or who holds a bachelor’s degree in STEM.

The symposium starts at noon and ends around 5 pm on Friday, October 27th. We are happy to provide letters confirming attendance to submit as excused absences at your local school.

No! We are happy to introduce you to UK via this experience.

No, this program is particularly target at earlier career scientists or those making a larger transition.