Undergraduate Research

The goal of the interdisciplinary research group is the formation of teams of faculty representing different schools from TCC who develop different aspects of research investigations with sustainability, energy, accessibility, health, happiness, and social policy as the central theme.  Social facets of the chosen theme should be emphasized by at least one school.  Formation of teams will be ongoing.  Each participating faculty member will agree to assist one classroom section in an investigation.  Faculty team members will meet several times during each semester with the goal of one student research abstract submission. TCC will work to fund the travel if abstracts are chosen.  The Engaged Learning office will assist with communications and travel arrangements.



Stay updated on what's happening with Undergraduate Research:

The Investigators Newsletter, Spring 2017, Vol. 1

The Investigators Newsletter, Summer/Fall 2017, Vol. 2

Find out what attendees of the 2017 NCUR Conference had to say about their experiences.


I genuinely appreciate your willingness to travel this new interdisciplinary path with me.  The SEARCHH & ASPIRE group is a professional learning group and we will document your time and energy for a document in your portfolio.  Forging new collaborations is worth our energy! Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Diana Spencer
Associate Professor / GKFF Endowed Chair Research

*Business and Information Technology; Child Development and Education; Engineering and Applied Technology; Health Sciences; Liberal Arts and Communication; Science and Mathematics; Visual and Performing Arts

More from Diana Spencer, GKFF Endowed Chair of Research

For written work by Dr. Diana Spencer please see the links below:

Spencer, Diana. “Tulsa Community College.” Investing in Impact: The Power of Undergraduate Research: Council on Undergraduate Research, 2015. Pages 26-27. Print and http://www.cur.org/publications/publication_listings/investing_in_impact_power_of_UR/


Spencer, Diana S. “Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative National Poster Session.” Celebrate Learning Newsletter 6 (Winter 2014):10-12.


Collaboration through Professional Development with the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI)
CUR Biology Division Newsletter (Volume 7, Number 2: Spring/Summer 2017)


Henter HJ, Imondi R, James K, Spencer DS, Steinke D. DNA Barcoding in Diverse Educational Settings: Five Case Studies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences.  2016 371 20150340; DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0340. Published 1 August 2016.
Abstract at http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/27481792

Undergraduate Research Faculty Learning Community Information

Spring 2018 GKFF SEArCHH & ASPIRE Meetings:

  • Friday, January 26; 10:00 am, Conference Center Floor 8 Large Classroom: Faculty and Student Meeting
  • Friday, March 16, 10 am, Conference Center Floor 8 Large Classroom: Faculty Teams
  • Friday, April 5, NCUR Conference in Edmond: Faculty and Student Teams; Meeting Room and Time TBD
  • Friday, May 5, 10 am, Conference Center Floor : Faculty Teams

Spring 2018 Schedule Dates - Research Meetings Students and Faculty

Research and Scholarly Activities (SEArCHH & ASPIRE) Spring 2018 Minutes


SEArCHH & ASPIRE Notes (Fall 2017)

Research and Scholarly Activities (SEArCHH & ASPIRE) Fall 2017 Minutes

Research and Scholarly Activities (SEArCHH & ASPIRE) Fall 2017 Slides

Research and Meeting Schedule Dates for Fall 2017


FREE to ASPIRE Notes (Fall 2016-Spring 2017)

Research and Scholarly Activities and FREE to ASPIRE Meeting Presentations

Research and Scholarly Activities and FREE to ASPIRE Fall 2016 Minutes

Research and Scholarly Activities and FREE to ASPIRE Spring 2017 Minutes