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Welcome from the Honors College Faculty
We welcome all our Honors College students; it is our good fortune to teach and learn from all of our students at the University of Oklahoma. We look forward to getting to know you individually and supporting you during your journey through college. We believe the most fruitful and illuminating conversations come when we invite and encourage multiple perspectives in our learning environments. We value students of all colors, all genders, all ages, all abilities, and all positions of faith and unbelief. We value our LGBTQ+ students and their allies. We value the perspectives of those whose ancestors have long been here as First Peoples, as well as those who have arrived from many parts of the world. We encourage all our students to maintain the respectful rapport that is a hallmark of the Honors College, and to use your creativity, passion, and intelligence to meet the challenges of our day.
Spring 2018 Honors Newsletter
The Spring 2018 Honors College newsletter is now available in print and digital form! Check out this issue for articles on OU Debate, new Presidential Teaching Fellows, Undergraduate Research Day and other Honors undergraduate research opportunities, Honors program updates and more.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
With the generous support of the Office of the Vice President of Research, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program offers financial assistance for scholarly and creative projects under the mentorship of a faculty member. Dozens of research projects are funded each year so that undergraduates may undertake ambitious and exciting research endeavors. 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 7th, 2018.
Katharine J. Gross Scholarship
The Katharine J. Gross Memorial Scholarship was established to provide an annual cash award to one outstanding student in the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma. The scholarship honors Kathy’s life as friend and mentor to students and colleagues and for her contributions to the Honors College. During her twenty-years of university service—and while the full-time financial administrator for the Honors College—Kathy graduated from the College of Liberal Studies, completing her B.A. degree in 2004.
Application closes on April 15, 2018.
Dr. Dallam Publishes New Book
The Honors College is pleased to announce the publication of Dr. Marie W. Dallam's newest book, Cowboy Christians (Oxford University Press, 2018).
Based on a combination of archival research and sociological fieldwork in cowboy Christian communities, this sociohistory traces cowboy Christianity from the postebellum period into the twenty-first century, drawing on interviews with leaders of cowboy churches, rodeo ministries, and chaplains serving horse racing and bull riding communities. Cowboy Christians locates the modern cowboy church as a descendant of the muscular Christianity movement, the Jesus movement, and new paradigm church methodology, and by doing so contributes to a deeper understanding of the unique Christianity of the American West.
Dr. Dallam's previous books include Daddy Grace: A Celebrity Preacher and His House of Prayer (NYU, 2007) and the co-edited volume Religion, Food, and Eating in North America (Columbia, 2014). She is Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the Honors College, where she teaches courses based on American religion and culture.
Dr. Prichard Publishes New Book
Dr. Andreana Prichard’s book, Sisters in Spirit: Christianity, Affect, and Community Building in East Africa, 1860-1970, was released on May 1. The book was published by Michigan State University Press and was included in the African History and Culture Series.
Sisters in Spirit focuses on a sub-set of female African Christian mission adherents in order to better understand the process of community building in late pre-colonial and colonial Africa. Through the course of their daily work, relationships, and embodied performance of a certain set of “civilized” Christian values, these “sisters in spirit” consolidated and extended a network of African Christians that spread from Zanzibar to the mainland of Tanzania and Malawi, incorporated many ethnolinguistic communities, and transcended several generations. Focusing on the affective dimensions of the lives of these female mission adherents elucidates a new form of subjectivity forged by Africans in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and reveals similarly new forms of affinity and affiliation.
Dr. Prichard is now working on two new and related projects. The first is a scholarly history of evangelical child sponsorship programs in eastern Africa, and the second is a trade press book that uses the trail of an American missionary to explore the historic ambiguities inherent in the idea of “doing good” in Africa, the rise of the Midwestern evangelical missionary impetus, and the power of ideas of Africa as an exotic place of war, poverty, and HIV-stricken orphans.
Visit the Honors College
With about a week or more of notice, we can plan a personalized campus visit for you and your family. You'll meet with an official from the Honors College, see different housing options, eat lunch with us in the cafeteria (during the school year), and learn more about our program and scholarships for honors students.