TURC Junior Scholars Program

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

Responsibilities of a TURC Junior Scholar

The summer research experience is intensive and each Scholar is expected to participate five full days per week (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) for the duration of the program. Applicants should be aware of the requirements and time commitments when they apply.

Program Duration

The research experience may be six, eight, or ten weeks in duration, depending upon the needs of the scholar and the mentor. Generally speaking, all TURC projects will be scheduled between May 16 and August 1, 2015.

Requirements for Applicants

  • Applicants must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA in a rigorous high school curriculum.
  • Applicants must have a composite ACT score of at least 28 or a combined score of at least 1260 on the Critical Reading and Math portions of the SAT.
  • Other requirements are listed on the TURC Junior Scholars Application Form.

Program Details

Application Procedure.  TURC Junior Scholars Program Application forms are available at the link below or from Nona Charleston, Associate Director of TURC, The University of Tulsa, 800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK  74104-9700. Applications must be received by the TURC Junior Scholars Program no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015. Decisions on Applications.  All applications will be reviewed by a faculty selection committee, and decisions will be based on merit, taking into account all information provided by applicants. College Credit.  Each Junior Scholar will receive one hour of college credit from The University of Tulsa for research performed under the program. Cost.  Tuition will be covered by the TURC Junior Scholars Program at no cost to the Scholar. However, this is a non-residential program and each Scholar will be responsible for his or her own housing, and personal expenses. A cash stipend of $30/week will be provided to each student for transportation and meals. There are a limited number of additional stipends which will be awarded based on documented financial need as established through a separate application process. Please email Nona Charleston to apply.