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Kentucky Science Pathways

Summer Internship Program for High-School Students

Kentucky Science Pathways (KSP) is a research internship program for high school students at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. This program offers students a hands-on 8-week summer internship with scientists on the UK campus in a variety of science disciplines. The main goals of KSP are to promote science education by connecting UK researchers with the Lexington community and to introduce high school students to scientific research career paths.

Have a great Summer of Science, Kentucky Science Pathways Students !

2019 KSP Student Showcase

July 29th 1PM-3PM, Weldon Suite 

The Barn - 1451 University Drive, Lexington 40546-0097

Campus Map Information can be found here.

You may present in one of two ways:

1. An experimental approach

2. A theoretical approach 

Find the PPT template here.

With Generous Support from: The Kentucky Academy of Science

Download Documents for Orientation

KSP Timeline

Minors in Labs Consent Form

Photo Waiver

Parking Information


Application Materials


Application Instructions

KSP 2019 Application

Science Teacher Evaluation

Frequently Asked Questions


Is the internship paid?

At this moment, we do not offer the students a stipend. However, as the program grows, we are hopeful this will change and we will be able to offer students scholarships.

Do you offer the students overnight accommodations?

No, the student is responsible for their own daily transportation to and from the assigned laboratory.

Can the student use the experience over the summer on a college application?

Absolutely! The program is designed to provide high-school students with valuable research experience that they can then use to apply to research-intensive labs in universities across the country. The mentor supervising the student is required to write a letter of recommendation at the end of the program.

How many hours per week are required of each student?

Each student is required to work a minimum of 20 hours a week in the laboratory of their choice. However, the 20 hours can be spread out flexibly according to the researcher's schedule, or can be increased to more than 20 according to the student's enthusiasm. 

Louisville Science Pathways

Ever since its establishment in 2017 at University of Louisville, LSP has earned a reputation for being a fantastic way to experience hands-on research at the high-school level. We aim to bring the same unparalleled opportunities to the Lexington area to invest in the future of our young STEM scientists. Here are what the LSP 2018 students thought:


"Anyone interested in science would be stupid not to partake in LSP, the experience is second to none."

“I like the opportunity it gives to those who desire to work within a science field. That alone already makes the program highly academic.”

“This a wonderful opportunity to work and research in some labs that will grant you experience in that field of research. If you are  looking for such experience, LSP is the way to go.”​

For more information on the LSP program, please visit the link below.


Teodora Stoica

Founder and Director

Teodora Stoica is a PhD Doctoral Candidate in the Translational Neuroscience Program at University of Louisville. She studies human emotion and cognition using fMRI methodologies. She is a strong believer in science communication and has been involved in science outreach and science writing for several years. After establishing Louisville Science Pathways (LSP) in 2017, she set her sights on bringing STEM-related opportunities to high-school students in the Lexington area.

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