Month: February 2023

Congrats to UCO alumna Elizabeth Dahl for selection as a semi-finalist for the Fulbright Program

The Office of High-Impact Practices (OHIP) is pleased to announce UCO alumna Elizabeth Dahl (BA History-Museum Studies, 2016; MA History, 2018) has been selected as a Semi-Finalist for a Fulbright Research/Study Grant, advancing to the final round of selection for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2023-2024 academic year.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants from over 160 countries the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments, host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

I am so pleased for Elizabeth, and wish her the best of luck in the final selection process,” said Dr. Michael Springer, Director, Office of High-Impact Practices. “Fulbright awards are a great opportunity for UCO students, who engage with Global Competencies as a part of the university’s six tenets of Transformative Learning. Our students are encouraged to engage with global perspectives and to develop tools to adapt to a continuously changing global society.”

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered at UCO through the Office of High-Impact Practices. Visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program site to learn more or contact Dr. Michael Springer (, Director, Office of High-Impact Practices.

Think an RCSA Grant Isn’t for You? Check out these projects!

Have you heard of the Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities (RCSA) Grant program? 

This grant program is open to students majoring in any discipline or field. This program offers monetary awards on a competitive basis to support student-focused transformative learning. Students who are selected will receive an award of up to $500/year to support research, creative, or scholarly activities plus a paid research assistant position, and a partial tuition fee waiver.

Anyone can do research, open to all majors, all disciplines, undergrads and graduate students. Take the skills you have learned in the classroom and create a project or work on an idea you might have.

Interested in examples? Check out our RCSA Grant Recipients for the 2022-2023 academic year below.

22-23 STUDENT RCSA GRANT Recipients 

Proposals for the 2023-2024 RCSA Grant are due February 22, 2023.

New Resource – Faculty Mentor Resources

The Office of High-Impact Practices values and sincerely appreciates our faculty mentors. In an effort to help you with mentoring at UCO, we have created a guide on our website for faculty mentors to help if you are a new or experienced mentor. Check out the guide and learn more: Faculty Mentor Resources.

The new guide includes sources on recruiting students, best practices, and information to help with UCO info.

Let us know if there is anything you would like to see added.