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Individually Mentored Research Resources

Individually mentored research experiences are highly valuable learning environments for students. With appropriate scaffolding and mentoring, undergraduate students can make significant contributions to their mentor’s scholarship. In some cases, the student has a compelling research question of their own. Establishing a mentoring relationship to develop and execute that research project contributes to successful learning. O.U.R. offers tools and training for faculty and students to make the most of Individually Mentored Research.

  • For students: O.U.R. provides funding opportunities, a course to receive transcript credit-no matter your major, a guide to establish expectations with your mentor, opportunities to showcase or present your work, and workshops to help you be a better researcher.
  • For faculty: O.U.R. offers tools to recruit and admit students, to structure and guide the mentor-mentee relationship, to record credit for mentoring, and to celebrate your students’ and your successes. Of course, you might want to review or point students to the student resources as well.

Undergraduate Research Mentoring Agreement (URMA)

URMA is a tool to set clear expectations for both an undergraduate student and their faculty mentor as a guide for the student's research experience. It is analogous to a course syllabus or independent study contract.

Mentored Research Experience Course - XXXX 3440


A university-wide course number is available for mentored undergraduate research! The variable-credit-hour, letter-graded course carries the number 3440. The Enrollment Services office created a version of the course with every program prefix (e.g. ART 3440).

O.U.R. Workshops

The O.U.R. offers workshops throughout the semester. Whether you are curious about getting started in undergraduate research, ready to present your work or perfect how to discuss it in an interview, or somewhere in between, O.U.R. is here to help you make the most of your research experience.

Mentored Research Fellowship

The Mentored Research Fellowship (MRF) is a program to cultivate and support student-mentor relationships while working on a research or creative project. The MRF is open to all University of Oklahoma Norman Campus students. MRF competitively awards funds for student stipends and, optionally, research costs. Proposals are due once per semester. 

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

The Oklahoma - Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program (OK-LSAMP) is a statewide-alliance of Oklahoma colleges and universities led by Oklahoma State University. The alliance’s goal is to increase the number of students from under-represented populations who receive degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and continue their education at the post-graduate level. OU's participation in the OK-LSAMP alliance is coordinated through O.U.R.

O.U.R. Spotlights

The O.U.R. is dedicated to celebrating undergraduate research! If you are a student, mentor, or alumnus, please complete a short web-form to submit your successes and lessons-learned from undergraduate research. You can be an inspiration and role model to others - and have a link to show future employers your work. Faculty, you can submit also to help OU administration, legislators, and the public see the valuable contributions you and your department are making with undergraduate research. 

Research Opportunities

Looking for a research opportunity? You can check here periodically to see what projects are needing UR assistants!

External Opportunities

As an undergraduate student, you have a unique opportunity to participate in research with other organizations and universities around the world. On this page you will find information and links to the opportunities the O.U.R. has come across.

LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship Program

The LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Program is designed to support students from racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines begin and complete the doctorate degree. Students receive financial, professional and social support during their graduate studies.

Research Day at the Capitol

Research Day at the Capitol (RD@C) is held annually in the Oklahoma State Capitol rotunda during the legislative session. It showcases undergraduate research conducted at OK colleges and universities to the legislature and public. O.U.R. holds an internal competition each Fall semester to select the two OU representatives.

Faculty Research Interests

Faculty member names and departments came from the list maintained by the Graduate College for those eligible to direct graduate research. It does not include temporary faculty and some teaching-focused faculty who may also be engaged in research. It was downloaded in March 2017. Faculty appointed since that time are likely missing. Faculty members with appointments in more than one department usually appear in both department lists.

O.U.R. Funding Awards for Student Travel (FAST)

O.U.R. provides a limited number of awards to students involved in undergraduate research to present their work or for data collection to complete a project. OU undergraduate students may request up to $400 per fiscal year. LSAMP scholars use the same forms and process but have different per-trip and per-year limits, as provided in program materials.

Nancy L. Mergler Faculty Mentor Award

The Nancy L. Mergler Faculty Mentor Award for Undergraduate Research was established in 2013 in order to recognize faculty excellence in supporting undergraduate researchers. 

Each award winner receives a one-time prize of $750 and a framed certificate.

Curiosity to Creativity Symposium

The Office of Undergraduate Research (O.U.R.) is dedicated to empowering and promoting the curiosity-driven discoveries, innovations, and creative works of OU students and their mentors! To showcase OU’s excellent undergraduate research and creative projects, O.U.R. sponsors campus-wide celebrations during the Spring and Summer semesters.