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Undergraduate Researchers Present Their Work at the State Capitol

By Ryan Girves

Eighteen University of Kentucky students are making their way to the State Capitol Building in Frankfort, Kentucky, to present their research at the 2019 Posters-at-the-Capitol event. This one-day annual event is held to show Kentucky legislators the importance of undergraduate research and scholarly work in Kentucky. The governor proclaims this day to be Undergraduate Research Day across the Commonwealth.

"Posters-at-the-Capitol is a platform whereby undergraduates from across the Commonwealth’s eight public institutions proudly showcase their undergraduate research projects," said Evie Russell, assistant director at the Office of Undergraduate Research. "Each year, University of Kentucky students look forward to communicating their research achievements to Kentucky Legislators and their peers."

The work presented by students represents countless hours of faculty-mentored student fellowship that could one day address the state's most pressing issues. With a mission to help increase the understanding of the important role undergraduate research plays in the education of students in Kentucky, Posters-at-the-Capitol enhances the undergraduate student experience by allowing them to showcase their hard work to those who make important decisions on issues that affect Kentuckians.

"While engaging our undergraduates in innovative research with renowned faculty, we are inspiring and developing a generation of influential leaders," Russell said. "Meeting the objectives of the Kentucky General Assembly, we are insuring that our graduates are well prepared for the workforce and careers resulting in social, industrial and economic development for our own state."

The UK students who will participate in Posters-at-the-Capitol this year include:

  • Sydney Adkisson
  • Sarah Ann Anderson
  • Brittany Auvil
  • Umair Bhutto
  • Shelby Buckman
  • Caiti Griffiths
  • Usman Hamid
  • Emily Huffman
  • Bryan Kirshe
  • Jenna Jodts
  • Caroline Miracle
  • Kenyatta Mitchell
  • Hannah Newberry
  • Aaron Silverstein
  • Daimen Stoltz
  • Hannah Thompson
  • Cierra Waller
  • Megan Woodrum

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: #uk4ky #seeblue