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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.

News & Events

The Honors College Newsletter

The Fall 2017 Honors Newsletter is now available! This issue features Honors program highlights, and introduction to the new incoming Dean Doug Gaffin, alumni profiles and an article on the history and future of the Four Year Research Experience (FYRE).

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!

 

Highlights

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.

Undergraduate Research Day (URD)

URD

Undergraduate Research Day (URD) is a blue-ribbon event that will be held in April 7, 2018 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.

Undergraduate Research Day (URD) will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the OCCE Thurman J. White Forum Building, 1704 Asp, University of Oklahoma.

Application Deadline is March 2nd, 2018. 

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Dr. Dallam Publishes New Book

Dr. Dallam's Book Cover

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

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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.

(UROP) Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

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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.


Spring applications will be due Wednesday, March 7, 2018.


Contact Jeff Cooper at jdcooper@ou.edu or Dr. Rich Hamerla at rhamerla@ou.edu with questions.

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