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The Honors College at the University of Oklahoma provides a supportive and challenging academic program for intellectually motivated undergraduate students. Offering an enriching interdisciplinary curriculum through its diverse programs, the Honors College supports students in a full range of academic pursuits. Carefully designed small classes, a collegial environment, and close advising prepare students for advanced study leading to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, or any other bachelors degree offered at the University. The Honors College at the University of Oklahoma seeks to inspire students to a lifetime of broad intellectual curiosity and continuing self-sustained inquiry and personal growth.

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The Honors College Newsletter

The Spring 2017 Honors College Newsletter is now available! This issue features student reporting from Zimbabwe, a review of OU's Innovation Hub, updates on popular Honors programs and organizations, and profiles of Honors students, faculty and alumni.

The Honors Undergraduate Research Journal 2017

Each spring, THURJ celebrates undergraduate research in all academic disciplines, publishing the best research papers from the previous year written by Honors students as determined by an editorial board of their peers. THURJ Vol. 16 is now available!



President David L. Boren and Associate Dean Rich Hamerla presenting Jeremy Allen the Honors College Outstanding Senior Award for December 2016 graduates.
President David L. Boren and Associate Dean Rich Hamerla presenting Jeremy Allen the Honors College Outstanding Senior Award for December 2016 graduates.

(URD) Undergraduate Research Day


Undergraduate Research Day (URD) is a blue-ribbon event that will be held on April 8th, 2017 at the OCCE Thurman J. White Forum Building, 1704 Asp, University of Oklahoma.

At this annual conference and celebration, the Honors College hosts students who were funded in their research or creative activities from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and students in general who want to show what they have discovered in their fields. This one-day conference hosted by the Honors College showcases outstanding undergraduate research and creative activity for an audience of other students, faculty, and parents.

If you have questions, please contact Jeff Cooper at 405-325-8692 or or Dr. Melanie Wright at 405-325-9428 or


Dr. Daniel Mains Receives Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers

Dr. Mains

Daniel Mains has received a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers to support a one-year residence at Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin, Germany.  At ZMO, Mains plans to finalize his book manuscript, Technologies of Development: Infrastructure and Governance in Urban Ethiopia.  Technologies of Development examines how specific forms of urban infrastructure including roads and public transportation networks mediate relationships between citizens and the Ethiopian state.  Research and writing for this project have also been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, a University of Oklahoma Arts and Humanities Faculty Fellowship, and a University of Oklahoma Humanities Forum Manuscript Development Workshop.
During his Humboldt Fellowship Mains also plans to collaborate with scholars at ZMO on an edited volume that examines the intersection between the construction of infrastructures, states, and lives in Africa. This volume will use ethnographic and historical

Dr. Robert Lifset Awarded Book Prize

Dr. Robert Lifset

Dr. Robert Lifset’s book, Power on the Hudson: Storm King Mountain & The Emergence of Modern American Environmentalism, was awarded the 2016 Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in New York History by the New York Academy of History. 

Power on the Hudson explores the connections between rising energy demand in post-WW II America and the emergence of modern environmentalism by tracing an iconic environmental struggle on New York’s Hudson River in the 1960s and ‘70s.

In announcing the award, New York Academy of History President and Columbia University Professor Kenneth Jackson said, "This award, named in honor of Governor Herbert H. Lehman, is part of the New York Academy of History’s mission to promote and honor outstanding historical research and writing." The winner was selected by jury from among dozens of books published in 2013, 2014, and 2015.