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Welcome from the Honors College Faculty

We welcome all our Honors College students; it is our good fortune to teach and learn from all of our students at the University of Oklahoma. We look forward to getting to know you individually and supporting you during your journey through college. We believe the most fruitful and illuminating conversations come when we invite and encourage multiple perspectives in our learning environments.  We value students of all colors, all genders, all ages, all abilities, and all positions of faith and unbelief.  We value our LGBTQ+ students and their allies.  We value the perspectives of those whose ancestors have long been here as First Peoples, as well as those who have arrived from many parts of the world.  We encourage all our students to maintain the respectful rapport that is a hallmark of the Honors College, and to use your creativity, passion, and intelligence to meet the challenges of our day.

Coronavirus Updates and FAQ

Health authorities throughout the world are focused on this illness and OU has highly professional, trained medical staff who are closely following developments, working closely with other University, county, and state offices to make well-informed decisions, and committed to protecting the health of the OU community. 

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

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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 undergraduate students who apply for research grants of up to $1,000 each semester.  Students from across the University discover the benefits of these hands-on research opportunities in laboratories, studios, libraries, and field sites. 

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Contact Jeff Cooper or Associate Dean Marie Dallam at with questions.

Kamryn Yanchick Receives Udall Honors

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University of Oklahoma Honors student Kamryn Yanchick has been named a 2021 Udall Scholar.  The Udall recognizes undergraduate students who demonstrate a commitment to careers related to the environment or to Native American public policy or health care.

Kamryn joins other recent Udall Scholarship recipients from the OU Honors College, including Maya Henderson (2019) and Daniel Hayden (2018).   

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Honors @ OU Spring 2021

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Check out the Spring 2021 issue of Honors @ OU! This issue features creative non-fiction, Undergraduate Research Day winners, THURJ published authors, student and faculty awards, program updates, alumni profiles and much more.

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Prof. Alpers Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

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Congratulations to Professor Benjamin Alpers, who has been recognized by the University with a Distinguished Teaching Award! Prof. Alpers has been teaching in the University of Oklahoma's Honors College since the fall of 1998 when he was hired as one of its first three faculty members. His research and teaching concern intellectual and cultural history, and are particularly focused on political culture, film and collective memory.

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Rachel Williams Receives Boren Award for International Study

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University of Oklahoma senior Rachel Williams has been named a recipient of the prestigious Boren Award for International Study, sponsored by the National Security Education Program. Forty-eight OU students have received the award since the program began in 1994.

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THURJ Volume 20 Now Available!

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The Honors Undergraduate Research Journal (THURJ) Volume 20 is now available! This is the 20th anniversary of OU's premier interdisciplinary peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal. Volume 20 includes papers from biology, Native American studies, history, literature, and public health.

Congratulations to this year's published authors and artists, as well as the executive and review boards who worked hard to make THURJ happen during COVID!


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Aanahita Ervin Named Goldwater Scholar

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Congratulations to Honors junior Aanahita Ervin, who has been named a 2021 Goldwater Scholar! Aanahita is the 59th scholarship recipient from OU since the program's inception in 1986.

Named for former U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, the Goldwater Scholarships are awarded to college sophomores and juniors on the basis of potential and intent to pursue research careers in the fields of the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics.

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OU Honors Student Named Gaither Finalist

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Each year, through the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers approximately 12 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. OU student Miguel Vázquez has been named a finalist for the 2021 James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program. 

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Two Honors Students Named Truman Scholarship Finalists


The Honors College is pleased to announce that two OU Honors students, Kamryn Yanchick and Ethan Maddy, have been named finalists for the Truman Scholarship!

One of the nation’s most prestigious scholarships, the Truman provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields such as government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions. 

Congratulations, Kamryn and Ethan!

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Visit the Honors College

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With about a week or more of notice, we can plan a personalized campus visit for you and your family. You'll meet with an official from the Honors College, see different housing options, eat lunch with us in the cafeteria (during the school year), and learn more about our program and scholarships for honors students.

Schedule a Visit