Bucks for Brains Summer Research Program

University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY.


The Bucks for Brains Summer Research Program is designed to provide undergraduate students with opportunities to work one-on-one with leading faculty on research projects that are funded by the state’s Research Challenge Trust fund (RTF), commonly known as “Bucks for Brains.” The goal of the program is to increase diversity of the student population in UK laboratories, thus strengthening the student research pipeline at UK. This exciting program provides undergraduates at the University of Kentucky with hands-on experience in academic research, working alongside “Bucks for Brains” faculty. Students are placed in research settings ranging from plant biochemistry to computer science to American history. Participation in the program requires a minimum of eight weeks (actual dates will be determined by faculty placement). Students participating in this program receive a $3,500 stipend and are permitted to take one class concurrent with this experience. Those who elect to take an academic course must accept responsibility for paying all tuition and fees.


Must be an undergraduate student, preferably at the University of Kentucky Must have at least a 2.5 Cumulative GPA First-time participant preferred, but returning students/faculty partnerships encouraged Must be highly motivated, an independent thinker, responsible, and enthusiastic Must “interview” with faculty mentor Attend 2-3 seminars during the summer Write an abstract on the summer research and a brief report describing research experience.

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Bessie Guerrant
, 352 Bowman Hall
Lexington, KY 40506-0059
Phone: 859-257-6322
Fax: 859-257-6321