UK CAER Current News

The Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) is one of the University of Kentucky's multidisciplinary research centers. Its energy research provides a focal point for environmental, renewable and fossil fuels research in Kentucky.

UK CAER Hosts Undergraduates in NSF's Broadening Participation in Engineering Program

clock January 11, 2018 11:05 by author Thomas

On Tuesday, UK's Center for Applied Energy Research was happy to welcome the incoming group of undergraduates in the Broadening Participation in Engineering program. The program, a joint venture by UK CAER and UK's College of Engineering, was formed due to the disproportionately low fraction of minority students that graduate with engineering degrees going on to become faculty.

 

 

 

The program is available to incoming African American, Hispanic, or Native American engineering students at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and has three main goals:

  • To encourage African American, Hispanic and Native American students to choose engineering and help them graduate with engineering degrees
  • To help these students acquire the skills they need to become engineering professionals, academics, leaders and role models
  • To investigate if mentoring in research centers offers advantages over mentoring in traditional engineering departments

These students are matched with research mentors at UK CAER and academic and faculty advisors at UK College of Engineering. They are given access to a number of university resources in order to develop skills needed for a successful entry into the field of engineering: study, research, and communication skills, management and outreach expertise.

Their visit to CAER allowed them to hear from principal researchers and group leads about the work done at the center, meet possible mentors, and tour the facilities.



KY EPSCoR to Host NSF Grants Conference in Louisville

clock June 2, 2017 15:44 by author Thomas

Kentucky EPSCoR announced today that the National Science Foundation  Grants Conference it is hosting has quickly reached capacity. The conference will take place June 5-6, at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville.

Three hundred and twenty-five conference registrants, including 86 from Kentucky, will spend two days attending presentations and interacting with NSF staff to better understand NSF-funded research opportunities and obligations.  Attendees hope to increase their likelihood of winning research funding, complying with grant requirements and producing impactful research results.

"KY EPSCoR is pleased to be able to host the National Science Foundation in our state," said F. Richard Kurzynske, director of Kentucky’s statewide EPSCoR Program. "The KY EPSCoR Program has been the channel for over $550 million in competitively won research funding which is expanding the Commonwealth’s research infrastructure, promoting STEM-H (science, technology, engineering, mathematics. and health) education and nurturing a culture of innovation. Federal research funding fosters knowledge-based prosperity by expanding the science and engineering capabilities of Kentucky’s workforce."

Agenda items address types of NSF opportunities, proposal preparation, the award management process, financial reporting processes and related topics.

Representatives from 38 states and 144 research institutions, including the University of Kentucky as well as many of the Commonwealth’s public comprehensive universities and technical colleges, will be in attendance.

For more information, visit www.nsfgrantsconferences.com.