Info Sessions for Students to Focus on STEM, Environment and Other Research Opportunities
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2016) — Join University of Kentucky’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards in November for three information sessions on a selection of local, national and international scholarships, grants and awards for those students looking for opportunities in STEM, the environment and various forms of research.
The first info session is for scholarships for undergraduate students in STEM fields and will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Room 307B of the Funkhouser Building. This session will focus on the Astronaut Scholarship and the Goldwater Scholarship. The Astronaut Scholarship is awarded to sophomores and juniors in engineering, natural or applied science, or mathematics fields who intend to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degrees. The Goldwater Scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition for sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in engineering, natural or applied science, or mathematics fields. Note that students intending to pursue a practice in professional medicine are not eligible for these awards. Space is limited for this session, so individuals should register here to attend.
The next info session will explore three different funding opportunities to pursue research during the summer and will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Room 200 of the Funkhouser Building. This session will discuss National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates, which fund student research at sites across the U.S. For this award, each student applies for a specific research project in an area funded by the NSF where he/she will work closely with faculty and other researchers at that site. The session will also look at the Amgen Scholars Program, which provides financial support and a hands-on research experience at a participating university for undergraduates in science and biotechnology. In addition, the session will look at options on campus through the UK Office of Undergraduate Research Summer Research Grants, which enable students in any discipline to conduct research at the lab of their choice during the summer. Note that applicants for the UK grant must return as full-time students in fall of 2017. Again, space is limited for this session, so participants are asked to register here to attend.
The last info session will examine an opportunity for those interested in working with the environment and it will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Room 307B of the Funkhouser Building. This session will be strictly about the Udall Scholarship, a merit-based award offered to outstanding students who intend to pursue careers related to the environment. Students in all fields are eligible to apply, but should have environmental career goals. Space for the Udall session is also limited, so interested students are asked to register here to attend.
Part of the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Student and Academic Life at UK, the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with the office's director, Pat Whitlow, well in advance of the scholarship deadline.
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