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Undergraduate Research Overview & Programs

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 Article

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.  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 have been closed. Check back soon for information on Spring 2020 UROP applications!

Contact Jeff Cooper at or Dr. Rich Hamerla at with questions.

Undergraduate Research Day (URD)

The Honors College will host the 32nd annual Undergraduate Research Day in April 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.

2019 Undergraduate Research Day Recap

pdf Quickview of 2019 URD Award Winners
Quickview of 2019 URD Award Winners

2019 URD Campus Map

2019 URD is facilitated in the Wagner Hall building at 1005 Asp Avenue, Norman, OK 73019, but sometimes that isn't enough to find the location amongst the various campus buildings.

Reference the attached map and look for #51 at the corner of Asp and Kulman Court on the North side of the map.  

2019 URD Event Program

The 2019 URD program is almost complete! Check back soon!

pdf Spring 2019 URD Program
Spring 2019 URD Program

2019 URD Grading Rubrics

If you are interested in how you will be graded take a look at the rubric that correlates with your presentation type.

Honors Research Assistant Program (HRAP)

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, 325-8692 with questions.

 Apply for an HRAP position


The Honors Undergraduate Research Journal (THURJ)

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.

THURJ is advised by two Honors College faculty who select approximately eight students to serve on the editorial board each year.

If you are interested in serving on the THURJ editorial board, look for publicized announcements in September about the application deadline.

If you are interested in submitting a paper to THURJ for consideration for publication, look for publicized announcements in December and January about the submission deadline. Deadlines for this program vary from year to year based on decisions made by the Student Editorial Board. Please contact the Honors College for details.  

For more information, contact:

Will O'Donnell
(405) 325-3983

First Year Research Experience (FYRE)

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.