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Undergraduate Research Day (URD)

Students on OU campus

Undergraduate Research Day (URD) is a blue-ribbon event that will be held on April 2nd 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.

The Honors College invites all undergraduates at accredited institutions to apply.

Participants may present a poster or give a short talk (10-15 minutes) on their research.

Poster presentations will be located outside of the conference rooms and students will be expected to stay with their posters and answer questions from passersby.

Presenters will be part of a panel of 4-6 students and talk about their research to an audience. These presentations may be powerpoint, video, and/or performances.

Topics can include the arts, natural sciences, life sciences, business, engineering, social sciences, critical studies in ancient or modern literature, and the humanities. Prose and poetry submissions and other forms of creative activity are also encouraged.

Applications are due February 22, 2016.

URD Application

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

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Bizzell Library

At the University of Oklahoma, the Honors College makes sure that undergraduate researchers have the support they need to work on the frontiers of knowledge. Through an inspired program of research support for undergraduate students, the Honors College partners with the Provost’s Office each semester to sponsor undergraduate research projects.  In other words, at the University of Oklahoma undergraduates do high-level research in their fields long before they graduate.  We believe that high-achieving undergraduate students should set their own goals, and there should be no preset limit to achievement. (09.24.14)

Applications are due by March 4th, 2016.


Spring 2016 Informal Reading Groups Brochure is Now Available

Dr. Amanda Minks

Meet just one hour per week with 10-15 Honors College students to discuss roughly 50 pages of reading from specific books on the topics described in the following pages. The only commitment you make is a good-faith effort to complete the reading and attend group meetings as often as you can, with the understanding there may be one or two weeks when you are unable to attend.

Reading groups will begin the week of February 1-5 and will meet for 4-14 weeks as indicated in the brochure.

To reserve a spot in the group of your choice, visit the application link below. Groups are fillied on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Students who have not reserved a spot in any group are welcome to attend the Open House and sign up for any reading group with available spots, but please note that quantities may be limited.

Spring 2016 Reading Groups Brochure (PDF) Sign up for Spring 2016 Reading Groups

Dr. Amanda Minks Awarded Fulbright Scholar Grant

Dr. Amanda Minks

Dr. Amanda Minks was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and conduct research in Nicaragua for seven months in 2016.  She will teach a class on Music and Culture at the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, and conduct archival research on mid-20th century discourses of Nicaraguan folklore and indigenous culture.  She will also travel to the autonomous regions of the eastern coast, the site of her previous research, to give presentations drawn from her book Voices of Play: Miskitu Children’s Speech and Song on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (University of Arizona Press, 2013).  She is pictured here with children on Corn Island during her linguistic anthropology fieldwork in 2003.

The Honors College Newsletter

The latest edition of the Honors College Newsletter features interviews with alumna Molly Bachmann, Assistant Professor Marie Dallam, and J.C. Fisher, a 2013 graduate who has been accepted to Stanford’s law program.  Also included are stories highlighting the Honors Student Association, the Honors at Oxford program, and a very generous gift provided by the Webster family.