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- Research & Grants
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
- August 19, 2013 – Fall '13 Semester Begins
The Office of Research & Grants (OR&G) purposefully uses the broadest possible definition of the word "research" and as shorthand for the more inclusive expression, "research, creative and scholarly activity." While the OR&G encourages and supports research, creative and scholarly activities across the UCO campus, it is especially encouraging and supportive when students (both graduate and undergraduate) are involved.
The link between research activities and student success is strong and well-known. The goals of teaching and research are not mutually exclusive ones. Research enhances critical thinking skills and provides hands-on experience for students entering the job market or advanced degree programs. When involved in research, creative and scholarly activities, students enjoy positive, life-changing relationships with Faculty Mentors. Though historically relegated to graduate programs, the integration of creative activities with classroom activities is gaining recognition for its importance in undergraduate education.
The Office of Research & Grants coordinates and administers a variety of opportunities for students to be involved in research, creative and scholarly activities.
Featured Student RCSA Project:
Mrs. Erica Judd - College of Mathematics and Science, Department of Biology
Title: Examining the extent of a hummingbird hybrid zone in Oklahoma and Texas
Erica Judd is a graduate student in the department of Biology at UCO. She is conducting her project with the help of associate professor Chris Butler. Erica's project seeks to use DNA to identify male and female hybrids in hummingbird samples collected across Oklahoma and Texas. This information will then be used to map the extent of hybridization in these zones and determine which hybrid zone model best fits this system. Erica is pictured below with Dr. Michelle Haynie, who also assists Erica and mentors several other RSCA grant recipients.