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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.


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.

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Informal Reading Groups

This program is free and open to ALL OU students.  Reading groups will begin the 2nd week of classes (Aug 29 - Sep 2).  You may choose to participate in up to three groups.  

Before confirming your selections, please verify that the groups do not conflict with your Fall 2016 schedule.  If your schedule changes, or if for any reason you are unable to complete the readings or attend group meetings, please contact the Informal Reading Groups coordinators as soon as possible at  

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Thurj Volume 15

The Honors Undergraduate Research Journal (THURJ) Volume 15 is now available!  THURJ is an annual publication that celebrates undergraduate research in all academic disciplines. Each spring, THURJ publishes the best undergraduate research papers from the previous year written by Honors students, as determined by an editorial board of their peers. 

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Medical Humanities Scholars Program

Doctor or physician writing diagnosis

The Honors College and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine are pleased to offer this exciting opportunity to a small number of incoming freshmen each year. In this sequential BA/MD program, Medical Humanities Scholars design unique interdisciplinary programs that allow them to enhance their study of medicine with other areas of academic interest from the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

Applications will be due Friday, January 6, 2017.

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(UROP) Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

Medical students in classroom

This competitive program is open to all University of Oklahoma main campus and Health Science Center students who compete for research grants of up to $1,000 each semester.  Students and faculty from across the University discover the benefits of these hands-on research opportunities in laboratories, studios, libraries, and field sites.  At the conclusion of their work, UROP recipients present the results of their research or accounts of their work in progress at the Honors College’s Undergraduate Research Day, a professional-like conference held in April of each year.

Fall applications will be due Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

Contact Jeff Cooper at or Dr. Rich Hamerla at with questions.

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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.

The Honors College Newsletter

The Fall 2016 edition of the Honors College Newsletter is now here!