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The Oswald Research and Creativity Competition Registration

The Oswald Research and Creativity Competition is intended to promote creativity in all fields of study. The competition accepts reports, of all forms of creativity, and scholarship by undergraduate students. This includes, but is not limited to artistic and musical creations; creative writing and poetry; and reports of studies and research in the humanities, the social, natural, and medical sciences, agriculture, business, architecture, and engineering.


Any current UK undergraduate (full- or part-time) who does not already have a four-year degree is eligible for this competition and is invited to submit papers and other projects.


1. Biological Sciences (textual)
2. Design (architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, etc.) (nontextual)                
3. Fine Arts (film, music, painting, sculpture, video, etc.) (textual and nontextual)
4. Humanities: Creative (textual)
5. Humanities: Critical Research (textual)
6. Physical and Engineering Sciences (textual)
7. Social Sciences (textual)

Students need to pick a category that most closely aligns with their project. If you are unsure you can email our office (ugresearch@uky.edu) for a more in-depth definition of a specific category.    


The Oswald Research and Creativity Competition was established in 1964 by then-President John Oswald as part of the university’s Centennial Celebration. While the program’s objective has remained the same throughout the years, the number of categories has increased to include biological sciences; design, including architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design; fine arts, including film, photography, painting, sculpture; humanities, from creative and critical-research approaches; physical and engineering sciences; and social science.

Important Dates

  • Call for submissions: September 17, 2018
  • Submission deadline: October 29, 2018
  • Design and Fine Arts Display: Monday – Friday, November 5-9, 2018 in the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library  
  • Awards Luncheon: December 4, 2018 - The Niles Gallery at the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library