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Biology Scholars Application

Note: This is not the graduation application.  You should submit the application for graduation through your myUK account or in person in 202 Patterson Office Tower.

Any Biology major working toward the following requirements is considered a Biology Scholar. 

1.      Complete 6 hours of Independent Research (BIO 394, BIO 395, BIO 397, or BIO 398).

2.      Have an overall 3.5 GPA upon graduation.

3.      Complete two biology scholars courses or two 400G*, 500 or 600* level Biology (BIO) courses, or a combination of one BIO scholars course and one 400G/500/600 level BIO course.  

4.      Publically present your research results or write a thesis. Presentations can take many forms such as a talk or poster at a professional meeting or to some other group larger than a research lab. The University hosts an undergraduate research poster session late in each Spring semester.  A thesis is also acceptable (see UK thesis guidelines); contact DUS for more information on the thesis.

*To receive Scholars credit for a 400G course, you must complete the “G”, or graduate student level, course requirements. Inform your instructor that you would like to use the course as a Scholars course and submit written verification from them that the "G" requirements of the course were completed.

**600 level courses require special permission to register. Complete the “Undergraduate Enrollment in a Graduate-Level Course” form.

Students who have met these requirements will be recognized at graduation, receive a certificate from the department, and have this designation noted on their transcript.  If you have met all of the requirements, please complete the application below. The application is due the semester you plan to graduate, either on October 20 for a December graduate or March 20 for a May graduate.


If you have any questions, contact Dr. Jennifer Osterhage Jennifer.osterhage@uky.edu.


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