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Undergraduate Research at UK with Taylor Lloyd

University of Kentucky senior Taylor Lloyd got involved in research as a freshman, and she says it shaped her career path. In February 2012, Taylor was honored on the floor of Rupp Arena as a recipient of two prestigious scholarships: the NASA Astronaut Scholarship and the Goldwater Scholarship. Her research, in the lab of Bruce Downie (associate professor of horticulture at the UK College of Agriculture), focuses on light and temperature signals that govern the germination of seeds. Understanding these mechanisms will allow researchers to improve agriculture in light of rising global temperatures.

Produced by Alicia P. Gregory (Research Communications), videography/direction by Chad Rumford (Research Communications), additional footage from UK Athletics

This video appears courtesy of Reveal: University of Kentucky Research Media research.uky.edu/reveal/index.shtml

Undergraduate Research at UK with Gareth Voss (Part 2)

Gareth ("Gary") Voss came to the University of Kentucky to do research on the regenerative abilities of salamanders as a sophomore in high school. Now a freshman at UK, Gary has conducted research that resulted in two papers. "They're very good papers," says his UK mentor Dr. Randal Voss. "We're not just talking about a couple of throw-away papers to 'Ranger Rick' journal. We're sending these papers to the top journals in the United States.

"It really is a coup for UK when we can get our top local talent to stay in state. Gary's a National Merit Scholar, and he could have gone to any university he wanted to, but he chose to come to UK."

To learn more about Dr. Voss' lab, visit ambystoma.org/

Produced by Alicia P. Gregory (Research Communications), videography/direction by Chad Rumford (Research Communications)

This video appears courtesy of Reveal: University of Kentucky Research Media research.uky.edu/reveal/index.shtml

Undergraduate Research at UK with Gareth Voss (Part 1)

As a Paul Laurence Dunbar High School student, Gareth ("Gary") Voss came to the University of Kentucky to do research on the regenerative abilities of salamanders in Dr. Randal Voss's lab. Gary says, "At Dunbar in the Math-Science program, we have to join a faculty member at UK for a research project by the beginning of our junior year. And I heard about a professor at UK, who shared the same last name and the same first name, more or less, as my dad and his name is Randall Voss and he studies salamanders and regeneration.Things kind of clicked and I’ve been there ever since."

Gary's high-school project focused on tail regeneration. He notes, "I was not allowed to do any of the surgeries to remove the tails, but I was able to do the data analysis on the tails, and do a lot of interesting things in studying the regeneration of the salamanders."

Gary is now a freshman at UK majoring in biology and chemistry, and he says getting started early in research is really an advantage. "Getting started early gets you exposed to all the things you need to know. I was exposed to more things in genetics than most people my age would have been. Working in the lab not only puts you on the cutting edge of research and science, but it also lets you see all the things your classes are talking about in person, and to a greater extent."

Produced by Alicia P. Gregory (Research Communications), videography/direction by Chad Rumford (Research Communications)

For more information on Dr. Voss' lab, please visit ambystoma.org/

This video appears courtesy of Reveal: University of Kentucky Research Media research.uky.edu/reveal/index.shtml

SPUR and the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars at UK

If you are an undergraduate doing a research project at the University of Kentucky, you can register for the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars online at uky.edu/UGResearch/showcase.html by April 6, 2012.

The Society for the Promotion of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) hosts the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars each spring. On April 25 from 4-7 p.m., the showcase will feature poster, oral and table presentations at the UK Student Center.

Guest speaker Sam Nicaise graduated from UK in 2010 and is currently doing nanotech research at MIT. As an undergrad, Sam led the UK solar car team. Come hear how his undergrad research experience prepared him for graduate work.

For more information, visit SPUR's homepage: uky.edu/UGResearch/SPUR.html

Produced by Alicia P. Gregory (Research Communications), videography/direction by Chad Rumford (Research Communications)

This video appears courtesy of Reveal: University of Kentucky Research Media research.uky.edu/reveal/index.shtml

Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars at UK

When undergrads get involved in research, they’re more likely to stay at their university, enjoy their courses, and find career success. The University of Kentucky fosters research experiences through the Office of Undergraduate Research, and the student-run Society for the Promotion of Undergraduate Research. Each spring these groups host a showcase that allows students to demonstrate what they’ve learned and communicate why it’s important. In April 2012, 198 students shared their discoveries through poster, oral and table presentations. Hear what a few of these students, and their faculty mentors, had to say about why undergraduate research is important.

Produced by Alicia P. Gregory (Research Communications), videography/direction by Chad Rumford (Research Communications), interviewing by Karin Pekarchik (Research Communications)

This video appears courtesy of Reveal: University of Kentucky Research Media research.uky.edu/reveal/index.shtml

Undergraduate Research at UK

Students, as well as A&S faculty members Chris Crawford (Physics) and Melody Carswell (Psychology) talk about the undergraduate research opportunities at UK.

This video appears courtesy of Reveal: University of Kentucky Research Media research.uky.edu/reveal/index.shtml

Anthropology Students at Shaker Village Time Lapse

Kim McBride, anthropology professor and co-director of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, taught Anthropology 585: Field Methods in Archaeology at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 25 miles southwest of Lexington. Students enrolled in the six-week course excavated, collected artifacts and interpreted findings from the sites of two early 19th century Shaker buildings from May 8-June 19. Read more: as.uky.edu/uk-archaeology-students-gain-ground-through-field-school

Seven A&S Students Awarded Scholarships to Study Abroad

Seven A&S students will receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad.

Anthropology Students Time Lapse: Shaker Village Archaeological Dig

Kim McBride, anthropology professor and co-director of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, taught Anthropology 585: Field Methods in Archaeology at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 25 miles southwest of Lexington. Students enrolled in the six-week course excavated, collected artifacts and interpreted findings from the sites of two early 19th century Shaker buildings from May 8-June 19. Read more: as.uky.edu/uk-archaeology-students-gain-ground-through-field-school

UK Archaeology Students Gain Ground Through Field School

UK Anthropology searched for artifacts with co-director of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey and professor Kim Mcbridge this summer at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.

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