Honors Engineering Research Experience
WHAT IS IT?
In partnership with the College of Engineering, OU’s Honors College is pleased to announce an opportunity for Honors students to participate in laboratory research in the Spring semester. This course, the Honors Engineering Research Experience, is open to all Honors College students from all College of Engineering majors. The goal of this program is to promote research among the most talented group of undergraduate students and increase awareness of graduate degrees.
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM A REGULAR ENGINEERING COURSE?
If you’re chosen after a competitive application process, you will be partnered with a professor with whom you will participate in active laboratory research. What’s more, you’ll receive three hours of credit in both Engineering and Honors for successfully completing the course.
HOW DO I ENROLL?
While this course is open to all Honors students, not all interested students will be able to participate. Since this is an individually mentored program, there are a limited number of openings each Spring. This is important and something you need to keep in mind during your Fall semester. To be considered for enrollment, you must fill out an application and submit the relevant documentation to the Honors Liaison as early in the Fall as possible. (You can apply using the online application found by clicking on the 'Apply to HERE' link on this web page.) Following the September 26th submission deadline, you’ll be contacted to interview with professors from the College of Engineering. By October 31st, you’ll be notified if you’ve been chosen for participation and with whom you’ll be working during the Spring term. You’ll be given electronic permission to enroll in the course. When your enrollment window opens, you simply enroll as you would in any other class.
HOW DOES IT WORK? WHAT WILL I BE REQUIRED TO DO?
Your research role will vary between professors, but generally, you’ll work as a lab member, participating in the day-to-day activities of scientific work at the University of Oklahoma. The amount of time you’ll spend is variable, but you should expect to commit approximately 9-12 hours per week distributed between reading, computer work and in-lab hours. Your grade will be based on an evaluation by your assigned professor, and the completion of a poster project or final report (supervising professor’s choice).
WHY SHOULD I TAKE THIS COURSE?
In most classes, laboratory research is reserved for graduate students or advanced undergraduate students working within their respective majors. Such a model often consists of minimal faculty-student contact and even less engagement with active research being done in the laboratory. The Honors Engineering Research Experience gets students into the lab in a way that exposes them to actual scientific work and activity. By preparing students as early as possible for a career in the sciences, this program will set them apart from their peers and provide an experience that will last a lifetime.