Update on NCUR, April 3-5, at UK

We’re counting down the days until the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) takes place here at UK in early April!

All UK faculty, staff and non-presenting students are welcome to attend conference events free of charge. There is no need to register. However, this does not include access to NCUR-sponsored meals or ticketed events. Check out the UK Undergraduate Research webpage on the NCUR Conference for more information.

The UK Senate approved the redirection of classes for NCUR 2014, meaning that all students should be released from classes on April 3 and 4, and given the opportunity to attend NCUR, if at all possible. They should be given some type of assignment to demonstrate participation, which can be as simple as just volunteering to help, or attending a poster or talk.

Presentations
The foundation of the conference consists of poster, oral and fine arts (music & visual and performing arts) presentations by undergraduate students.  These will take place in the Singletary Center, Fine Arts Bldg., Memorial Coliseum, the Whitehall Classroom Bldg. and other classroom facilities.  In addition to these presentations, there will be learning opportunities for administrators, faculty, staff and mentors as well, called the FAN (Faculty-Administrators Network) Sessions.

Plenary Sessions
There will be four major Plenary Sessions. Opportunities will be provided for students to meet the plenary speakers and ask questions. The guest speakers for these sessions are all prominent Kentuckians:

  • Dr. Pearse Lyons (founder and president of Alltech)
  • Kris Kimel (founder and President of Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation; founder of the Idea Festival)
  • Nikky Finney (poet and winner of the 2011 National Book Award for poetry)
  • Dr. Ernest Bailey (professor of veterinary science at the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center and coordinator for the USDA Horse Genome collaboration.)

Graduate School Fair/Career Gallery
Running throughout the conference will be the opportunity to meet representatives from graduate schools across the country (including those from UK) to talk about the graduate programs they offer.  There will also be representatives from local and non-local businesses interested providing information about careers with their companies and in recruiting graduates. Check the schedule for the timing of these events.

Big Events

  • Thursday evening will be the KY Proud Dinner at the Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom, featuring plenary speaker Kris Kimel, who will talk about creativity and innovation for the future. This dinner will feature KY Proud foods from local sources, and will provide interaction time with KY Proud personnel.  Student musical artists will provide entertainment.
  • Friday evening will be the Cat (Cuisine Around Town) Crawl and Concert.  All NCUR participating students will have access to discounts from local restaurants in the surrounding university area.  Following dinner, transportation will be available to go to the Red Mile for a concert by “Sundy Best,” one of Lexington’s premiere up-and-coming musical artists.

Open Houses
All across the UK Campus, faculty, staff and students will open their doors for demonstrations and activities to inform the public of their academic achievements and endeavors. Shuttle service will be provided to each event.

Student Interest Sessions
There will be four informative information sessions for students covering:

  • The Graduate School Application Process
  • Speed Networking (meet other students)
  • A Successful Transition from College to the Workplace
  • A Panel Discussion with Pre-Professional Students

Excursions
Four excursions are available to all participants on Saturday afternoon, April 5. All are ticketed events and require purchase with registration; first come first served until maximums are reached:

  • Horses, Hooch and History
  • Kentucky Horse Park with horseback riding
  • Red River Gorge Zip Line
  • A Day at the Races – Keeneland

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See also the previous BluegrassBlade post on NCUR at UK describing the planning workgroups.

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