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Undergraduate Student Research

2018 Conference Information
2017 Conference Resources
2016 Conference Resources and Presentations
Conference Programs

2018 Conference Information
The ninth annual Promoting Undergraduate Research Conference – Virtual Communities of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activities – will be held Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, live at several locations and virtually via Zoom.

Live Locations: University of Oklahoma, Norman; Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond; Northeastern State University, Tahlequah; University of Colorado, Boulder; and Harford Community College, Bel Air, Maryland.

Keynote: Research Mentoring the Whole Student
Ashley Finley, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the President
Association of American Colleges and Universites, Washington, D.C.

Description: During this day of live and virtual interaction, several faculty members from three states and time zones will share their expertise and experience in undergraduate research, via the Zoom platform. One student panel will share from several locations at one time. Anyone who wants to connect, but not go to one of the live locations, can do so. Lunch will be provided to participants at no cost at Oklahoma sites.

Save-the Date
(PDF, 157k)
Program (PDF, 740k)
Online Registration (external link, opens in new window)

NSU: Webb Tower 614
OU: Bizzell Library BLLL118
UCO: Nigh University Center 201
OSU: 040 Student Union
1 hr.
9-10 a.m.
10-11 a.m.
11 a.m.-noon
15 min.
10-10:15 a.m.
11-11:15 a.m.
noon- 12:15 p.m.
Spotlight Award
15 min.
10:15-10:30 a.m.
11:15-11:30 a.m.
12:15-12:30 p.m.
45 min.
10:30-11:15 a.m.
11:30 a.m.-
12:15 p.m.
12:30-1:15 p.m.
Keynote DC
30 min.
11:15-11:45 a.m.
12:15-12:45 p.m.
1:15-1:45 p.m.
30 min.
11:45 a.m.-noon
12:45-1 p.m.
1:45-2 p.m.
Towson University
1.5 hr.
noon-1:30 p.m.
1-2:30 p.m.
2-3:30 p.m.
15 min.
1:30-1:45 p.m.
2:30-2:45 p.m.
3:30-3:45 p.m.
Student Panel
1 hr.
1:45-2:45 p.m.
2:45-3:45 p.m.
3:45-4:45 p.m.
15 min.
2:45-3 p.m.
3:45-4 p.m.
4:45-5 p.m.
Eaton Humanities IB90
Presentation and Q&A
1 hr.
3:30-4:30 p.m.
4:30-5:30 p.m.
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Conference End
15 min.
4:30-4:45 p.m.
5:30-5:45 p.m.
6:30-6:45 p.m.


2017 Conference Resources
The eighth annual Promoting Undergraduate Research Conference – Best Practices Tested Over Time for All Disciplines and Levels was held Sept. 29, 2017, at the Presbyterian Health Foundation Conference Center in Oklahoma City.

Agenda (PDF, 197k)


2016 Conference Resources and Presentations
The seventh annual Promoting Undergraduate Research Conference was held Sept. 30, 2016, at the Presbyterian Health Foundation Conference Center in Oklahoma City.

Program (PDF, 281k)
Spotlight Award – Dr. Diana Spencer, Tulsa Community College (PDF, 214k)

Michael Carolina – Promoting Undergraduate Research Panel (PDF, 365k)
Carla Guthridge – Budget Neutral Research (PDF, 2.1m)
Tim Hubin – Undergraduate Research in Project-Based Courses: Advice From a Practitioner (PDF, 2.8m)
David Wrobel – Expanding the Horizons of Undergraduate History Research (PDF, 5.3m)


2013 DataOne Summer Internship, New Mexico (PDF, 72k)
2013 Research Experience for Undergraduates, George E. Brown Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) (PDF, 182k)
Rutgers University, Summer 2013 (PDF, 188k)
Long Island University, Summer 2013 (PDF, 184k)
Research Day at the Capitol (PDF, 11k)
Student Research Competition RFP (PDF, 160k)
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Program (PDF, 61k)
ECU SIFE Team National Finalist in Contest (external link)
Math Paper Wins Award for Student (external link)
Students to Receive Awards for High-Quality Undergraduate Research
Seven Oklahoma Students Named Brad Henry International Scholars

Undergraduate Student Research News, Vol. 2, Issue 1 (external link)
Undergraduate Student Research News, Vol. 1, Issue 2 (external link)
Undergraduate Student Research News, Vol. 1, Issue 1 (external link)
XSEDE Scholars Program (PDF, 176k)


Oklahoma Institutional Programs: East Central University (PDF, 19k)
Oklahoma Institutional Programs: Northeastern State University
(PDF, 17k)
Oklahoma Institutional Programs: Southeastern OK State University (PDF, 47k)
Mainstreaming Undergraduate Research and Inquiry: Web-Based Resources and a Request for Examples
(PDF, 26k)
Undergraduate Student Research Grant Opportunities
(PDF, 114k)
Program Grant Opportunities for Colleges and Universities
(PDF, 23k)
Oklahoma College and University Undergraduate Programs (PDF, 35k)
Journals Accepting Undergraduate Research Papers
(PDF, 20k)
Biennial Report for the Council on Undergraduate Research (external link)

Developing Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (external link)
Hispanic Student Awards (external link)

CUR Monographs

Eloquent Science: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, Speaker, & Atmospheric Scientist (external link)
This book – written by David M. Schultz and published by the American Meteorlogical Society – is a direct outgrowth of Daphne LaDue’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Oklahoma. Schultz started teaching the scientific communication to students, and it evolved eventually into this book. Chapter 8 is online in full and is written using examples from what Schultz knows best – meteorology – but is general information applicable to anyone. Schultz is a professor of experimental meteorology in the Division of Atmospheric Sciences and Geophysics, Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, and the Finnish Meteorological Institute in Helsinki, Finland, and a reader at the Centre for Atmospheric Science, School of Earth, Atmospheric, and Environmental Sciences, The University of Manchester. He was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., received his bachelor's degree from MIT. in 1987, his master's degree from the University of Washington in 1990, and his doctorate from the University at Albany, State University of New York in 1996.

National Science Foundation (NSF) REU Programs (external link)
In annual and final project reports, PIs of REU awards are required provide data on REU student participants. For details, see the publication REU Site Awards: Guidelines for Use of NSF FastLane Project Reports System (NSF 01-124).

NSF REU Director, Victor A. Santiago,,, 703.292.4673.

NSF REU Office of Cyberinfrastructure of REU, Dr. Robert Pennington, Program Director,, 703.292.7025.

Oklahoma Study Abroad (opens in new window)
Oklahoma Study Abroad is a clearinghouse of information for students looking for study-abroad programs offered at Oklahoma public colleges and universities.

Registry of Undergraduate Researchers (external link)
Please encourage your students to sign up for the Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate connections between undergraduates and graduate schools seeking high-quality students who are well prepared for research. More information and the submission form are available at Graduate schools that are interested in purchasing a subscription to the registry should contact Robin Howard at Read letter to students from Robin Howard, senior director of membership services for CUR (PDF, 50k).

Student Assessment of Their Learning Gains SALG / URSSA - Undergraduate Research Student Self-Assessment (external link)
SALG helps faculty assess learning in science courses. A specific version, "URSSA – Second Version," of the SALG can be used to assess undergraduate student research experiences. Both instruments were developed at the University of Colorado for programs and departments to use in assessing the student outcomes of undergraduate research. URSSA focuses on what students learn from their UR experience, rather than whether they liked it. If you have questions or comments about URSSA and its use, contact Anne-Barrie Hunter at

Undergraduate Research Student Self-Assessment (URSSA) (external link)
URSSA is an online survey instrument developed at the University of Colorado for programs and departments to use in assessing the student outcomes of undergraduate research (UR). URSSA focuses on what students learn from the UR experience, rather than whether they liked it. Direct questions or comments about URSSA and its use to Anne-Barrie Hunter at

Understanding Science (external link)
Understanding Science is a free website resource sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the University of California Museum of Paleontology of UC at Berkeley, in collaboration with a diverse group of scientists and teachers, and was funded by the NSF.


Council on Undergraduate Student Research (external link)
National Conference for Undergraduate Research (external link)

Summer Internships (provides information on internships, in particular, paid summer research internships) (external link)