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.
To make sure that talented undergraduates can pursue exciting research opportunities, we created the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (Spring 2014 UROP Application--click here). This program funds many research projects each year so that undergraduates may undertake ambitious and exciting research projects. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is a competitive program open to University of Oklahoma main campus and Health Science Center students, and they receive research grants of up to $1,000. Available in the Fall and Spring semester of each year, UROP grants offer financial assistance for scholarly and creative projects under the mentorship of a faculty member.
With the support of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), students and faculty across the University discover the benefits of these hands-on research opportunities in laboratories, studios, libraries, and field sites. Participating students develop detailed knowledge of research methods while their faculty sponsors gain the assistance of enthusiastic and capable students. Many students even discover their future careers in the process of completing their research projects!
At the conclusion of their work, UROP recipients present the results of their research or accounts of their work in progress. In April of each year, the Honors College sponsors an event called the Undergraduate Research Day. At this event—a combination of conference and celebration—students present their work and answer questions from other students and faculty.
Following are some examples of UROP budgets that could help you in preparing your budget: [Budget samples 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5]
The Honors College is very proud of its UROP winners. To view a listing of some previous recipients, click here.
To fill out an application for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program,
click here. Click this link for the consent form (needs to be filled out by students participating in human research).