The Physiology Scholars Program offers undergraduates a unique, immersive experience in biomedical research. The competitive program allows students to work in a research laboratory of the Department and discover what a career in the biomedical sciences involves.
The Department of Physiology provides opportunities for undergraduate students considering a career in biomedical sciences to accumulate first-hand research experience while they are studying at UK. The Department will appoint up to 3 undergraduate students as Physiology Scholars each Fall. Once appointed, Scholars can maintain their status throughout their undergraduate studies provided adequate progress is being made. The scholars will have monthly lunches with a member of the faculty, at which they can discuss their research and career goals. In addition, there will be an annual award to the Scholar of the Year, which will be given each Spring at the Scholar day; a physiology seminar slot dedicated to the Physiology Scholars. Finally, the Department of Physiology will provide travel funds, to a maximum of $1,000 to any Scholar who has their own abstract accepted for presentation at a major national or international scientific meeting (for example, Experimental Biology, Neuroscience, or AHA Scientific Sessions). The faculty members are extremely committed to providing a fulfilling research experience to the appointed Physiology Scholars.
Upon appointment, Scholars are asked to identify a faculty member with whom they would like to do their research. Scholars can apply to work with any faculty member who has a primary appointment in the Department of Physiology. Once they have been accepted into the laboratory, they are expected to work in their chosen laboratory at least 6 hours per week during the academic year. Continuation as a Scholar will require the successful review of an annual one-page written report to the Physiology Scholars committee.
Scholars may, under some circumstances, be able to gain research credit for their efforts by enrolling in courses such as PGY 394 (Independent work in neuroscience) or PGY 504 (Independent work in physiology). In addition, there are funds available through the undergraduate office and national organizations on a competitive basis for summer work. Such programs include the Bucks for Brains and the American Physiological Society Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship.
Students who wish to become Physiology Scholars should send their CV, a transcript and a one-page statement describing why they are interested in the Scholars program to Dr. Lance A. Johnson (Johnson.Lance@uky.edu). Strong candidates will be invited to interview with the Physiology Scholars Committee and appointments will begin immediately.
Newly appointed Scholars will have until the start of the Spring semester to identify a faculty member as their research mentor. Lunches will begin in February and dates will be determined based on the schedules of the individual Scholars. The faculty member and the Scholar will be asked to both sign an agreement that identifies each individual’s responsibilities and expectations.
|Esias Bedinger||Donna Wilcock||2017 - current||"Vascular Risks in Older Adults are Correlated with Brainwave Patterns of Learning and Memory"||Society for Neuroscience Conference, 2017|
|Tori Buckley||Ken Campbell||2015 - 2017|
|Taylor Robinson||2016 -|
|Reza Katanbaf||Alan Daugherty||2015 -|
|Mary Freeman||Gregory Frolenkov||2014 - 2017||"Calcium and Integrin Binding Protein 2 (CIB2) Haploinsufficiency Causes Increased Susceptibility to Noise-Induced Hearing Loss"||Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 2017|
|Adam Duff||Karyn Esser||May, 2011|
|Hannah Minard-Esgaio||Ken Campbell||April, 2013|
|Laura Novikoff||Bret Smith||May, 2011|
|Priyanka Patel||Mike Reid||November, 2010|
|Matthew Ward||Paco Andrade||November, 2010|
|Erica Weekman||Donna Wilcock||November, 2011|
|Shaniya Maimaiti||Bret Smith||May, 2011|
|Manasi Malik||Steve Estus||November, 2011|
|Kyeong Ran Jang||John Gensel|
|Jensen Goh||Sasha Rabchevsky||November, 2013|
|Jessica Meuth||John McCarthy|
|Kaitlyn Braun||Donna Wilcock|
|Alicia Kaseta||Sasha Rabchevsky||January, 2013|
Physiology Scholars Committee
Lance Johnson (Director)