Junior Scholars Program
The TURC Junior Scholars Program recognizes high school juniors with outstanding potential for a career in research by providing opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research projects. The program builds upon the nationally recognized Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) program and includes in-depth work with a research team, access to modern instrumentation, and potential opportunities to participate in the research dialogue through publications and presentations.
Benefits of Being a TURC Junior Scholar
TURC Junior Scholars are immersed in a research atmosphere that is usually reserved for graduate students. Each scholar works with a faculty research mentor and research team on a nationally significant research project. In addition to working closely with a faculty mentor, each Junior Scholar is paired with a TURC undergraduate mentor who has considerable experience with the project from a student’s point of view. A range of modern equipment is available to support the research – such as facilities for materials fabrication, modern chemical and biological analysis facilities, and electron microscopy resources that are among the best in the southwest. TURC Junior Scholars participate in summer research presentations and are invited to TURC lectures and functions during the academic year.
Junior Scholar Research Opportunities
Research opportunities for the summer 2015 program span a range of disciplines and involve a variety of time commitments. At this time, we anticipate providing opportunities in the following project areas:
- What Did Neanderthals Eat?
- What Was the Environment Like During the Times of the Neanderthals?
- Paleo-Indian Archaeology
- Data Driven Development of Exercise Protocols for Use in Outer Space Missions
- Robotics Laboratory
- Danish Archaeology from St. Croix
- Design and Development of Devices to Aid Persons with Disabilities
- Development of a Synthetic Organic Chemistry Method
- Experimental Nanotechnogy
- Preparation and Characterization of Novel Materials
- Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
- Applications of Nanoparticles in Real-World Processes
- Reaction Rates of Chlorination in Swimming Pool Water
- Mechanism and Rate of Neutrophil Damage to Proteins
- Intelligent Agents
- Biochemistry of Therapeutics and Enzyme Inhibition