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What Students are Saying...

"Researching as an undergrad has been highly valuable to creating opportunities and shaping how I see my future. The UReCA program has helped me to develop as an independent researcher during my time as an undergraduate. This has given me the freedom to explore and own my project from start to finish. UReCA has provided me and my lab with the resources we need so that I can be focused on learning and developing my project in the ways I want."

-Stephen K.

"I work at LMAMR on a multi-semester research project which focuses on polar bear conservation. Unsurprisingly, it is not easy to find comparative polar bear samples here in Oklahoma. With the funding from UReCA, I was provided the opportunity to work at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. as a visiting researcher. As someone from a low-income background, I never would have been afforded this opportunity without UReCA. This experience has allowed me to better understand what a career in research would look like for me. I would highly encourage future students to use the UReCA funding for their own unique experiences."

-Kaylee T.

"The UReCA fellowship allowed me to spend the summer at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. At the end of the summer I traveled to Maine and presented my findings at the Furbears workshop at the Marine Shoals lab in Maine. I am currently part of the UReCA ambassador program.  This program has also allowed me to be more involved on campus and spread the word about this fantastic opportunity."

-Sara W.

Featured OU UReCA Opportunity

OU Indigenous Summer Science Academy 2023

The OU Indigenous Summer Science Academy is a dynamic summer research opportunity for indigenous undergraduate who are interested in learning about the connection between microbiology and the Earth.

Dates: June 12-16, 2023, OU Norman

Brocure and Registration Link

UReCA Vision

The Office of Undergraduate and Creative Activity (UReCA) at the University of Oklahoma was created in 2022 to help support undergraduate students who are involved, or wish to become involved, in any kind of research or creative activity.     

Undergraduate research and creative activity is an avenue for undergraduate students to explore their content area through active, process-driven learning. This learning could include inquiry, data analysis, study, or literature reviews that allow the student to continuously construct understanding about their field..

UReCA exists to serve undergraduate students, giving the entire undergraduate community at OU equitable opportunities to grow in knowledge, understanding, and collaboration. 

UReCA provides financial support, mentorship, and presentation opportunities to undergraduate students of all disciplines who wish to engage in research and/or creative activity.

Provost's 2024 Summer UReCA Fellowships

Applications Due March 1, 2024

The Summer Fellowship is intended to provide support to enable students to perform undergraduate research and creative activity over a ten-week period during the summer.  The Summer Fellowships are open to all students in any discipline supervised by a faculty mentor. The research and creative activity performed over the summer should result in a thesis, journal article, presentation, show or performance that contributes to the creation and dissemination of knowledge and creative works.

Click here to view examples of past student proposals.

Click here to access mateials from a Zoom information session.

Dates and Deadlines

UReCA Showcase9/29/23
First UReCAApplication Due 11/1/23
Summer Fellowship Information Session2/1/24
UReCA Summer FellowshipApplication Due 3/1/24
Undergraduate Research DayTBA