Undergraduate Research for Students

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, but 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 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.

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

 

Full listing of courses with a research component offered at TCC.

Find out which professors are offering research foundational or research intensive courses.


Stay updated on what's happening with Undergraduate Research:

The Investigators Newsletter, Spring 2018, Vol. 3
The Investigators Newsletter, Summer/Fall 2017, Vol. 2
The Investigators Newsletter, Spring 2017, Vol. 1


​Undergraduate Research for Faculty

 

Find out what TCC NCUR Conference attendees had to say about their experiences:

2018 NCUR Conference Reflections
2017 NCUR Conference Reflections

 


Research Externship Applications Workshop Web Sites

Dr. Diana Spencer, Associate Professor of Biotechnology & George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair of Research 
REACh Workshop for Students 2017 - Presentation Information

National Science Foundation REU
https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.jsp

National Institutes of Health
https://www.training.nih.gov/ccsep_home_page

NASA JPL
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/intern/

OAK RIDGE National Lab SULI and Opportunities for CC Students
http://www.orau.org/ornl/undergraduates/

TCC Engaged Learning 
http://www.tulsacc.edu/programs-courses/academic-schools/engaged-learning

TCC Bioscience Web Site
www.tccbioscience.org

TCC Liberal and Performing Arts Site
http://guides.library.tulsacc.edu/researchandscholarlyactivities

Woody Guthrie Center Internships
http://woodyguthriecenter.org/center/internship-opportunities/

Oklahoma Museums
http://www.okmuseums.org/jobs/

Living Arts:
http://livingarts.org/internship

Oklahoma State
https://amst.okstate.edu/resources/internships/

Philbrook Museum
https://philbrook.org/support/volunteer

University of Tulsa Oklahoma Center for the Humanities
https://humanities.utulsa.edu

Barry Goldwater Scholarship
https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/

Resume Preparation Site
http://www.collegegrad.com/resumes/quickstart/biology.shtml

Do you have a poster to cite on your resume?
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7272/#A36698

How to Ask a Professor for a Letter of Recommendation

How to Ask a Professor for a Letter of Recommendation

  1. Ask the professor in person or via email at least three weeks in advance.
    • Remind the professor of your professional relationship. How do you know the professor?
    • Offer to bring materials by the professor’s office regarding the internship or job opportunity.
     
  2. Provide the professor with a “brag sheet” or a “cheat sheet” of items within the field of interest that separate you from other applicants at a minimum of two weeks in advance.
    • Provide the application deadline and the address of the institution and to whom the letter should be addressed.
    • Provide your personal contact details, so that the professor might contact you with questions.
    • List specifics instances of your assistance in the progression of the class topic.
    • Describe your reasons for wanting the internship or job.
    • Assist the professor in providing information that reinforces all that you have claimed to be in your application.
    • Describe your understanding of the work that you will be doing.
    • Provide your resume, a copy of your statement of purpose, and your grade transcripts.
    • Describe your future plans with your intentions on the job site and your career goals.
  3. Thank the professor in advance for the request.
     
  4. Send a friendly reminder a week before the letter is due.
     
  5. Send a thank you note to the professor for the time spent writing the letter.