Oklahoma State University

Undergraduate Research at OSU

      OSU understands that students who graduate without research experience have not taken full advantage of all that a comprehensive research university has to offer, so OSU leads the way in supporting undergraduate research in all fields of study.  Research experience is invaluable in helping students choose a career path, improve their likelihood of success in the workforce, and decide on graduate school.

      The Freshman Research Scholars Program, funded by the Robberson Trust, grants sixty scholarships to incoming freshman in any discipline to extend their education beyond the classroom by engaging in cutting-edge research under the guidance of innovative faculty researchers.  Students who participate in FRS have a history of success in OSU’s other undergraduate research programs.

      The Wentz Research Program, funded by the Lew Wentz Foundation, awards fifty $4,500 grants to OSU's most accomplished undergraduates of all majors to conduct projects of their own design with the help of an experienced faculty mentor.  Students who distinguish themselves with Wentz Research projects, have been successful in many prestigious scholarship competitions—including, Rhodes, Gates, Marshall, Goldwater, Udall, and others. 

      In addition to the programs managed by the Scholar Development office, OSU has many other exciting opportunities for undergraduates to conduct research.  The Niblack Research Scholars Program provides $8,000 grants to students in the laboratory sciences.  Many individual departments also offer undergraduate research opportunities. 

      OSU also aids students interested in participating in any of the National Science Foundation’s diverse Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), which supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the NSF. 

      Students interested in any of the opportunities listed, should contact the Scholar Development office (334 Student Union) for additional information.

Responsible Conduct of Research

      It is the policy of Oklahoma State University that all undergraduates conducting research complete training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR).  For more information refer to the policy description below and/or download the complete policy statement here: RCR 4-0201 Research 

2.01  The Office of the Vice-President for Research and Technology Transfer is responsible for providing on-line access to two training modules (one aimed at undergraduate students and one aimed at graduate students)  which address RCR issues: these modules shall constitute an appropriate level of training for the purpose of this policy.  A substitute module, or other material (e.g., course, seminar), may be used if certified for such use by the pertinent college dean.

2.04  Each degree-seeking student to whom any of the following applies must complete the material in 2.01 within two calendar months following either:

  A.  the effective date of pertinent employment action (EA) form providing support from external grant funds;

  B.  the start date of any course in which the student is enrolled and for which research is an integral element of the course - e.g., honors thesis, masters thesis (5000),or doctoral dissertation (6000); or

  C.  for undergraduate students, conducting activities identified by his/her advisor/mentor as involving research.

3.01 Upon an individual's completion of material in 2.01, documentation certifying such completion should be filed in the appropriate departmental office.

Council on Undergraduate Research Registry

      The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) offers a registration system that allows students to enter their research experiences and interests into a database, which can then be searched by graduate schools looking for talented undergraduates.  The system has the potential to help students find a graduate program to fit their particular needs and interests.  


 Council on Undergraduate Research Registry


      The registry is open to students and graduate schools in the fields of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Physics/ Astronomy, Mathematics/Computer Science, Economics, Geosciences, Engineering, Psychology, Sociology, Humanities and Anthropology/Archaeology.

      There is no charge to the student and records will be made available to bona fide Graduate Schools that contract with CUR for this service.  Organizations or companies seeking the students’ information for other marketing purposes will not be granted access.  Graduate School representatives may contact students to invite applications or visits to the campus and laboratory, or to share information about their research programs and financial support opportunities.





Udall Scholarship

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2014

Goldwater Scholarship

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2014

Truman Scholarship

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2014

Scholar Abroad: Spring Break (Australia)

Deadline: Nov. 3, 2014

Book Collecting Essay Prize

Deadline: Nov. 7, 2014

Scholar Abroad: Trinidad and Tobago  (June 2015)

Deadline: Jan. 30, 2015

Cowboys in Cambridge  (July 2015)

Deadline: Jan. 30, 2015