Summer Research Programs for Undergraduates

The Department currently hosts undergraduate summer research through the following program:

KYSS (Kentucky Young Scientist Summer) Program

The KYSS Program was created in the 1997-98 academic year as part of the President's commitment of $1.78 million to strengthen research and graduate
education at the University of Kentucky. The department was successful in becoming part of this initiative. The specific goals of this program are to:

  • Prepare highly talented Kentucky residents from low income backgrounds, families with no previous college graduates, and under-represented minority groups to pursue a graduate education.
  • Stimulate interest among those prospective graduate students for advanced training and careers in engineering and the sciences.
  • Prepare students professionally and personally to be successful as a graduate student in a research university setting.
  • Increase the number of Kentucky residents from low-income or under-represented backgrounds who are attending UK graduate programs.

The specific eligibility requirements that apply to this program offered in our department are that you must be a Kentucky resident and either a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident who meets ONE of the following criteria:

  • Member of an under-represented minority (African-American, Hispanic, Puerto Rican, Mexican-American or Native American).
  • Financially disadvantaged background.
  • Neither parent has graduated from a four-year college.

The departmental KYSS program is 10 weeks in duration, beginning on or around May 15th, annually. Two to three candidates are typically supported. The program
description is similar to that described below for the REU Summer Program. The stipend for this period is $3500 out of which housing, living and transportation
expenses must be paid.

Further information on the KYSS Program is available on-line at

If you feel you meet the criteria outlined in the program, you are encouraged to obtain an application form from Kwaku Addo, Associate Dean of the Graduate
School, University of Kentucky, 327 Patterson Office Tower, Lexington, KY, 40506-0027 (

Bucks for Brains Summer Research Program

This exciting program provides undergraduates with hands-on experience in academic research working alongside top UK faculty. For eight weeks during the summer, you will have the opportunity to be part of a research team focusing on areas ranging from plant biochemistry to computer science to American history.

You will be working with a faculty mentor whose research area interests you and will develop a research plan before you begin. At the end of the program, you will be asked to write an abstract, and you may be selected to present your abstract at a symposium in the fall for all summer research program participants.

You will also be participating in biweekly informal get-togethers during the summer and will hear from a variety of UK students and administrators about making the most of your undergraduate experience and life after graduation.

As a Bucks for Brains Summer Research Program participant, you will receive a $3,500 stipend. If you are earning academic credit for the program, you will be responsible for paying tuition and fees. Your summer research program will be for a minimum of eight weeks between May 12 and August 8 (dates will be determined by you and your faculty mentor).

Further information about the Bucks for Brains Program is available online at

For more information, contact Bessie Guerrant, 257-6322,

This program is sponsored by the offices of the President and the Vice President for Research in collaboration with the Office of Minority Affairs.