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UK START Apprentices close summer program with white coat ceremony, aerospace event

The University of Kentucky STEM Through Authentic Research and Training (START) program recently closed out its summer session, with START Apprentices gaining tremendous insight into research careers and higher education. The program began with a week of apprentices developing a growth mindset, harnessing their strengths, training in mentorship, and learning about campus resources for student success. It served as a platform that promoted personal growth, ignited a sense of belonging on campus, and created lasting friendships among the participants.

UK freshman awarded prestigious national aerospace fellowship

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 28, 2023)  University of Kentucky freshman Lordina Mensah recently became the university's first student to be accepted into the Patti Grace Smith Fellowship, a nationally competitive aerospace fellowship program.

UK START Program Receives Golden Apple Award

In recognition of its strong commitment to student achievement, the University of Kentucky STEM Through Authentic Research and Training (START) program was honored with the Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) Golden Apple Award. The Golden Apple Award recognizes high-achieving programs and organizations that partner with FCPS to advance education and mentorship opportunities for students in the community. Members of the UK START program received the award on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the FCPS State of the Schools Address event.

UK's START Program Offers High Schoolers STEM Education, Experience

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2022) — The STEM Through Authentic Research and Training (START) program at the University of Kentucky is creating a unique pipeline to increase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) literacy and promote STEM careers for traditionally underrepresented populations — people of color, individuals with disabilities, students from free or reduced lunch schools, first-generation college students and girls and women in STEM.

START for Underrepresented Communities: Adapting to the COVID-19 Pandemic

ABSTRACT: The STEM Through Authentic Research and Training (START) Program is a new program integrating academic, social, and professional experiences, in the theme of exomedicine, to build a pipeline into college for first generation and traditionally underrepresented students by providing year-round authentic opportunities and professional development for high school students and teachers.

UK START & UK Dietetics and Human Nutrition host local high school tour

The UK START Program partnered with the UK Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition to host a tour for Frederick Douglas High School students. In addition to hosting tours, START aims to engage and support underrepresented STEM students through a variety of virtual and classroom presentations at several schools in the area.

Learn About 2022 Curiosity Fair at Info Session April 7

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2022) — The University of Kentucky will host an information session for this fall’s 2022 Curiosity Fair from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the William T. Young Gallery. The information session is open to everyone.

Registration Open for Free ‘Education as a Civil Right’ Virtual Conference

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 31, 2022) — Register now to attend the free virtual conference "Education as a Civil Right — Truth, Justice and Equity for All," taking place online April 7-9.

2021 Oswald Research and Creativity Winners

The University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research recently announced 18 undergraduate winners of the 57th annual Oswald Research and Creativity Awards. Chad Risko, faculty director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, and several research ambassadors were on hand to congratulate the winners and distribute the awards.

START Team Visits Local High Schools

This Fall, members of the UK START Team were able, at long last, to resume in-person STEM outreach in several local high schools, on a range of STEM topics, from dissections, anatomy specimen protocol, traumatic brain injuries, COVID Immunology, to interactive demonstrations, such as Symphony of the Cell.

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