Established in 1964 by former University of Kentucky (UK) President John Oswald, the Oswald Research and Creativity Competition encourages research and creative activities by undergraduate students at UK. The objectives of the program are to stimulate creative work by undergraduate students and to recognize individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement.

All submissions are sent anonymously to faculty reviewers in related fields and are judged based on a rubric. They are judged on originality, clarity of expression, scholarly or artistic contribution, and the validity, scope and depth of the project or investigation.

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Winning Entries from 2018

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Client Protection Regulations for Microfinance Institutions in Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania, Hanna Carlson

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An Assessment of Disability Access at the University of Kentucky, Megan S. Coffinbargar

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Effects of Environmental Conditions on c-fos Expression in Rat Nucleus Accumbens After Remifentanil, Usman Z. Hamid, Rebecca S. Hofford, and Michael T. Bardo

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The Potential Electoral Influence of Internet Memes, Sierra K. Hatfield

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Gathering My Friends, Samantha Hensley

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When This You See, Remember Me: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and World War I Monuments, Alyssa M. Mertka

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Symbiotic Spaces, Teonna Radevski

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Creative Writing in Digital Spaces: Digital Story Book, Christian Tipton

Winning Entries from 2017

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The Remembrance, Schuyler B. Baas

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A History of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in America: A Changing Aging Population, Caitlin Dorris

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Kentucky Slavery: The Historiography of Human Property Records, Andrew D. Johnson

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A Single Particle Among Billions: Yayoi Kusama and the Power of the Minute, Isabelle Martin

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Ichigo, Ichie, Meredith Matia

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女诫 Lessons for Women, Bridget E. Nicholas

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Aristotle and Game Theory on Human Nature and Ethics, Beau R. Revlett

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Memes: The Interaction Between Imagery and Subculture: An Analysis of Situation, Race, and Gender on the Pi Kappa Delta Social Media App, Veronica Scott and Timothy Bill

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An Exploratory Study of Syringe Exchange Program Awareness and Perceptions in Kentucky, Martha Tillson