Undergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) defines undergraduate research as “an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate that makes an intellectual or creative contribution to a discipline or disciplines.” Undergraduate Research (UR) is not restricted to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, and embraces the arts and humanities.

Undergraduate research is beneficial across disciplines, and faculty members working with undergraduates on research find the work productively challenging and intellectually invigorating.  Undergraduate research is a “high impact practice” that more fully engages students in their own education.


Some of the benefits of Undergraduate Research to the student include:    

  • Leadership capabilities
  • Active engagement
  • Experiences in independence and collaboration
  • The ability to handle uncertainty
  • A deeper understanding of the relevance of coursework
  • An appreciation for the value of the disciplinary literature
  • Critical thinking, Inquiry, and analysis skills
  • Self-confidence in presenting one’s ideas to the community
  • Understanding of how scholars do their work
  • Preparation for future academic pursuits, including graduate study
  • Mentorship and internship opportunities
  • Tolerance for obstacles

Multiple foundational courses exist at TCC to help a student begin a career of satisfying scholarship and research.

Spring 2018 Schedule Dates - Research Meetings Students and Faculty

View a full listing of courses with embedded research components*. 

Find out which instructors are currently offering research foundational or research intensive components*.

*Components vary across Schools/courses.


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.


For more information contact Diana Spencer, Associate Professor/ George Kaiser Endowed Chair of Research at diana.spencer@tulsacc.edu.


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