The University of Oklahoma’s Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College strives to ensure undergraduate researchers from all fields of study have the support they need to explore and participate in advancing the frontiers of knowledge. Through several inspired programs of research support for undergraduate students—both in and outside the Honors College—we partner with the Provost’s Office and the Vice President of Research each semester to sponsor undergraduate research projects and creative activities. We encourage all University of Oklahoma undergraduate students to explore these opportunities and to consider applying to one, several, or all of them during your time here at OU.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities from the Honors College
In Spring 2019, the OU Daily produced an article overview of the Honors College Undergraduate Research programming. The energy for this article comes after the closing of the Office of Undergraduate Research as part of the restructuring across campus from new administration. It was meant to highlight the fact that undergraduate research opportunites still exist. Click the image for the full article.
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.
The Honors College will host the 32nd annual Undergraduate Research Day on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 at the Lissa & Cy Wagner Hall, 1005 Asp Avenue, University of Oklahoma.
At this annual conference, 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 year, Undergraduate Research Day featured 120 presentations across 24 different sessions and many different disciplines, including engineering, chemistry, architecture, linguistics, anthropology and more.
Undergraduate Research Day is free and open to the general public. There will be morning and afternoon sessions at Wagner Hall at 1005 Asp Avenue, Norman, OK 73019.
The applications for URD 2020 is now live! Click the link below to complete an application.
The Honors Research Assistant Program provides Honors students the opportunity to work with professors as research assistants on specific projects that the professor is studying. Participants are expected to work for ten hours a week for ten weeks for $1000.00. Honors College students with at least 15 hours of college credit and a 3.4+ GPA are eligible to apply. We accept applications for this program each term. There is no fixed deadline. Applicants are considered until all listed potions are filled. Contact Jeff Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org, 325-8692 with questions.
The Honors Undergraduate Research Journal (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. The editorial board reads and evaluates submissions using a blind review process, and chooses between 8-12 papers for publication in the journal. All published authors also receive a $100 prize.
In partnership with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Honors College offers an opportunity for first-year Honors students to participate in laboratory research each Spring. This course, the Honors First-Year Research Experience (FYRE) is open to Honors College students from all majors. If you’re chosen from a competitive application process, you will participate in active laboratory research in the Spring. What’s more, you’ll receive three hours of Honors credit for successfully completing the course. Application deadlines depend on Spring enrollment, which actually occurs in the Fall term. Please contact the College for details.