Author: Dana Jackson-Hardwick

Undergraduate Research Week is Here! Sept 19 – 23.

Poster promoting undergraduate research weekAfter a long wait, with many life changing events, we are ready for our Second Undergraduate Research Week September 19 – 23, 2022!  All week you will learn about the research, creative, and scholarly activities happening across campus and how you can get involved. You will also learn about the available funding and presentation opportunities for 2022-2023.

Research is not just limited to STEM majors, but open to all disciplines and majors. It is what you study in your fields. Whether you are creating art or poetry, analyzing marketing data, developing new educational practices, or discussing gender equality and historical figures, you are doing research.  AND there are so many benefits to engaging in research, creative, and scholarly activities, including[i]:

  • Building self-confidence;
  • Developing critical thinking and leadership skills;
  • Increased persistence; and
  • Opening career and graduate school pathways.

Research may not be easy, but anything worth doing is never easy, and research is worth it. Come join OHIP for the Second Undergraduate Research Week September 19 – 23, 2022!

Apply Now for the Jones Harris Endowed Public Service Scholarship, Due June 1

Are you interested in pursuing a job in public service and have a desire to change the world? Do you have strong leadership skills and are committed to enrolling in graduate or professional school?

Apply for the Jones Harris Scholarship! This scholarship supports a sophomore or junior student at UCO who plans to apply for the national Truman Scholars program, a national award that funds graduate studies for students planning on a career in public service.

This is a highly competitive scholarship with the winner receiving up to a one-year, $10,000 award. The scholarship recipient will be required to prepare an application for the Truman Scholars program, which will be due in February 2023.


  1. Full-time sophomore-level standing during the time of application and a strong commitment to attending a graduate or professional school after graduation (juniors may apply if they are 18 months from graduation).
  2. Preference given to a political science major, but the priority is a student pursuing a career in public service, which is broadly defined as government, education, the nonprofit sector or public interest/advocacy.
  3. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  4. Candidate should have evidence of high academic performance and a strong leadership potential.
  5. Applicant should be active in high school and college activities in the school and in the community.
  6. Experience in internships and/or part-time jobs is preferred.
  7. Intent to apply for a Truman Scholarship during the junior year.
  8. Students currently completing their associate’s degree at a community college are eligible to apply during their sophomore year but must be a UCO student to receive any funds during the junior year.
  9. Candidate is required to take a one hour course in the fall in preparation for the Truman Scholarship application.

Additional finalists will also be selected from this application process to join a one hour class during the fall semester of the junior year to begin preparation for the Truman Scholarship Application and other national awards.

Apply online via:

For more information email Michael Springer, Ph.D., director of the Office of High-Impact Practices.

What is Research?

Being around campus, talking in classes, and seeing Centralities everyday in your email, you probably have noticed the strong culture of undergraduate research at UCO. This may be from research posters you see in the classroom, the Liberal Arts or the Math and Science Tri-Center Symposia, NCUR 2022, and more.

But what exactly is research?

Meet the Researcher – Grace Wray

By Oluwapelumi Osunrayi and Sydney Woodward

On April 21, The Council on Undergraduate Research is having their first Virtual Posters on the Hill Showcase for undergraduate researchers. Researchers from across the country will come together online to share their researchPosters on the Hill is an annual event that is an important for the advocacy of undergraduate research funding at a federal level. If you want to participate in the virtual showcase on April 21, visit Twitter and follow CUR at @CURinAction and search #POH2020 and #POHgoesVirtual 

Meet the Researchers – Veronica Fuxa and Vincent Pinion

Meet UCO students Veronica Fuxa, Senior English Education Major, and Vincent Pinion, Senior Master’s Student in Experimental Psychology. Their faculty mentor is Dr. Anastasia Wickham. Veronica got involved in her research through preparing to student-teach. She noticed how some teachers reacted towards technology usage such as Google Classroom and Chromebooks. “In my education courses, we learn about different technologies, but we are never sure which ones are effective in the classroom since we did not have any experience. I wanted to analyze teachers’ reactions towards ‘essential technologies’ and use quantitative analysis to determine different groups’ attitudes towards classroom technology.”

Meet the Researcher – Savannah Melher

Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, University of Central Oklahoma student researchers were unable to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. In the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some of these phenomenal students and their research.

Savannah MelherFirst is Savannah Melher, a Senior Strategic Communications Major with Dr. Mary Carver as her faculty advisor. She got involved in undergraduate research through the McNair Scholars program on Campus. Savannah was invited to the 2020 NCUR Conference to present her research, “Reporting in Race: the Depiction of Black Oklahomans.” The purpose of the study is to research depictions of race in the media. Prior studies focused on politics and how news stories favor one candidate over another or how the media favors a political party, thus addressing how the media can be a tool for gaining political preference. Savannah concludes in the present study that the same can be said regarding race depiction in the news media.