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While the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs 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 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. 

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs coordinates and administers a variety of opportunities for students to be involved in research, creative and scholarly activities.

Description of Research Assistant (RA)

A research assistant is a student who is actively engaged with a faculty mentor in an inquiry or investigation and who, through effective collaboration, has the potential to make an original, intellectual, or creative contribution to their discipline.  The desired outcome for the student should include transformative learning and dissemination (e.g., presentations, publications, exhibitions, performances, etc.) of their findings.

Students are eligible to receive funding, under the following conditions:

  • Have Undergraduate or Graduate standing in any field and be enrolled (6 credit hours, undergraduate; 5 credit hours, graduate) at UCO for the duration of the award, with the exception of those graduate students who are enrolled in their final semester before graduation (they must enroll in at least 3 credit hours);
  • Have a minimum of 2.5 GPA for undergraduate students and 3.0 GPA for graduate students

Student Research, Creative, & Scholarly Activities Grant Program

Contact the Office of High Impact Practices at 405-974-5086 or email them at for more information.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (OK-LSAMP)

UCO is part of a consortium of Oklahoma colleges and universities working together to develop programs aimed at increasing the number of students from under-represented populations who receive degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Current goals and activities of OK-LSAMP focus on undergraduate research experiences, graduate school preparation, and international experiences. For more information and to apply, visit

Posters on the Hill

Each spring, the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) hosts its annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This event helps members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact.

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