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. 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 undergraduate students to be involved in research, creative and scholarly activities, including Research Assistantships, and the RCSA Student Grant Program.
The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Team (URCAT), is a committee comprised of representatives from across the UCO campus and works closely with members of the UCO Academic Affairs Office with advice and assistance from Dr. Ed Cunliff. (You may contact members of this group for information relating to undergraduate research and creative activities by clicking on college website buttons accessed through this site.)
By integrating research and other scholarly activities with teaching, UCO is developing a model for undergraduate education. The campus has been identified as one of five such university models that helped to produce the guidelines for administering undergraduate research by the Council for Undergraduate Research. Indeed, as UCO continues to develop undergraduate research and creative activities, it supports an emerging national trend in higher education.
In 1999 the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) began to establish a role for undergraduate scholarly activities through the program USCARE (Undergraduate Student Center for Advancement of Research and Education). It was centered in the Department of Sponsored Projects and Research under then Dean S. Narasinga Rao and subsequent activities now continue in the Office of Research & Grants. The development of undergraduate research on the UCO campus has benefited from a number of external funding programs. Read entire history...
The Council on Undergraduate Research (www.cur.org) has initiated a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The purpose of registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates with research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, and graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. Currently the Registry is open to students and graduate schools/employers in nearly all the fields of science that are supported at NSF.
Any Undergraduate may go to the Council on Undergraduate Research web site to fill out a simple registration vitae form. There is no charge to the student. Student information records will be made available to bona fide graduate schools that contract with CUR for this service. Organizations or companies seeking the student's information for other marketing purposes will not be granted access.