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Undergraduate Research is about you:

  • Empowering your passion to accelerate your education
  • Reaching beyond your textbook or practice studio to inquire, explore and discover
  • Understanding that more is learned from setbacks than from instant success
  • Applying the theories and processes of your discipline to make meaningful contributions to the future of your field
  • Sharpening your critical thinking skills to understand complex challenges
  • Learning to evaluate and integrate multiple perspectives and to critique and move beyond the status quo
  • Sharing your research with your peers and celebrating your successes

The Office of Undergraduate Research is dedicated to empowering students explore their passions and find research opportunities at the University of Oklahoma. Below are some resources for you to use to start your journey. If you don't find what you are looking for, contact us for a one-on-one chat or come by one of our workshops to find out how to get involved today!

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.