(Kentucky Young Scientist Summer) Program
The KYSS Program was created in the 1997-98 academic
year as part of the President's commitment of $1.78 million to
strengthen research and graduate education at the University of
Kentucky. The department was successful in becoming part of this
initiative. The specific goals of this program are to:
Prepare highly talented Kentucky residents
from low income backgrounds, families with no previous college
graduates, and under-represented minority groups to pursue a
Stimulate interest among those prospective
graduate students for advanced training and careers in engineering
and the sciences.
Prepare students professionally and personally
to be successful as a graduate student in a research university
Increase the number of Kentucky residents
from low-income or under-represented backgrounds who are attending
UK graduate programs.
The specific eligibility requirements that apply
to this program offered in our department are that you must be
a Kentucky resident and either a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident
who meets ONE of the following criteria:
Member of an under-represented minority (African-American,
Hispanic, Puerto Rican, Mexican-American or Native American).
Financially disadvantaged background.
Neither parent has graduated from a four-year
The departmental KYSS program is 10 weeks in
duration, beginning on or around May 15th, annually. Two to three
candidates are typically supported. The program description is
similar to that described below for the REU Summer Program. The
stipend for this period is $3500 out of which housing, living and
transportation expenses must be paid.
Further information on the KYSS Program is available
on-line at http://www.rgs.uky.edu/gs/summerpgms.html.
If you feel you meet the criteria outlined in
the program, you are encouraged to obtain an application form from
Kwaku Addo, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, University of
Kentucky, 327 Patterson Office Tower, Lexington, KY, 40506-0027
for Brains Summer Research Program
This exciting program provides undergraduates
with hands-on experience in academic research working alongside
top UK faculty. For eight weeks during the summer, you will have
the opportunity to be part of a research team focusing on areas
ranging from plant biochemistry to computer science to American
You will be working with a faculty mentor whose
research area interests you and will develop a research plan before
you begin. At the end of the program, you will be asked to write
an abstract, and you may be selected to present your abstract at
a symposium in the fall for all summer research program participants.
You will also be participating in biweekly informal
get-togethers during the summer and will hear from a variety of
UK students and administrators about making the most of your undergraduate
experience and life after graduation.
As a Bucks for Brains Summer Research Program
participant, you will receive a $3,500 stipend. If you are earning
academic credit for the program, you will be responsible for paying
tuition and fees. Your summer research program will be for a minimum
of eight weeks between May 12 and August 8 (dates will be determined
by you and your faculty mentor).
Further information about the Bucks for Brains
Program is available online at http://www.rgs.uky.edu/students/rctf.html.
For more information, contact Bessie Guerrant,
This program is sponsored by the offices
of the President and the Vice President for Research in collaboration
with the Office of Minority Affairs.