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16 Years

of cultivating extraordinary academic achievement through our Chellgren Fellows

535 Students

have participated in the Chellgren Student Fellowship since its start in 2007

400+ Faculty

have lent their expertise to students by acting as mentors, fellows and endowed professors

Our Mission

The mission of the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence is to advance the University of Kentucky's commitment to three broad areas: Student Excellence, Teaching Excellence, and Program Excellence.

The ultimate goal is for the University to be nationally recognized as a beacon of undergraduate excellence. The Chellgren Center contributes to that goal by raising aspirations of UK students; assisting students in realizing their highest academic potential; inspiring progressive reform and innovation in teaching, learning, and curriculum development; and fostering creative and productive collaborations across the many programs and departments engaged in the undergraduate mission.

Teaching Excellence

Support the creation and dissemination of the best educational practices and teaching innovations.

Faculty Resources

Student Excellence

Enhance the University's ability to recruit and retain exceptional students from within the Commonwealth of Kentucky, across the nation, and throughout the world.

Student Resources

Program Excellence

Foster collaborations among the University's most successful and prestigious undergraduate programs.

Student Fellows Program

Vision & Goals

A truly exceptional research university expresses excellence in each of its missions: teaching, research, and service. The University of Kentucky is therefore committed to creating a world-class undergraduate experience as part of its aspiration to be among the very best research universities.

The Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence was created to help realize that aspiration. The vision of the Center is to create and implement strategies for assuring that the institutional assets of UK, as a land-grant, flagship, world-class research university, are aligned to support undergraduate excellence. 

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What's New

Chellgren Center advances UK’s commitment to academic excellence

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 14, 2023) ­—The University of Kentucky’s mission is to improve people's lives through excellence in education, research, creative work, service and health care. 

Faculty Fellows request for proposals

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2023)  — The University of Kentucky Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence is pleased to announce this request for proposals (RFP) for academic year 2023-24 that will provide grants of up to $4,000 for Faculty Fellows to engage in activities associated with student excellence. This program provides resources and support for faculty to design academic courses, research projects and other forms of creative work.

Chellgren Center soliciting applications for appointment of Chellgren Endowed Professors

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2022) — The University of Kentucky Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence endowment will fund five new professorships that will commence at the beginning of either the 2023 spring or fall semesters. Each professorship will be filled for a three-year, non-renewable term. The Chellgren Endowed Professorships are reserved for tenured UK faculty members who exhibit outstanding credentials as teachers and researchers with a deep interest in undergraduate excellence.