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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 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.

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

UROP Application

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

Undergraduate Research Day (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.

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

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 March 2, 2018.

URD Application

If you have questions, please contact Jeff Cooper at 405-325-8692 or

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 $900.00. 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 August and 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:

Professor Amanda Minks: 

Will O'Donnell:

To submit essays, artwork, or photography to THURJ, please click the following link:

Submit to THURJ

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 credit in both Chemistry and Honors for successfully completing the course. Application deadlines depend on Spring enrollment, which actually occurs in the Fall term. Please contact the College for details.