Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC)

The Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) is an innovative program that enables undergraduates to take challenging courses and conduct advanced research with the guidance of top TU professors.

Its aim is to create leaders in scholarship, research and public life. Specifically, the program emphasizes undergraduate research and community involvement.

The Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge was founded in 1992 to encourage and support undergraduate students who engage in innovative research projects while also devoting a substantial amount of time towards serving the community.


TURC offers talented undergraduate students:

  • The opportunity to conduct significant scholarly research, working side-by-side with faculty mentors
  • Challenging coursework, including graduate-level classes
  • Opportunities for innovative service to the community


TURC incorporates research, publication and community service — essential elements to create future leaders. TURC also advances The University of Tulsa’s academic mission and enhances its national reputation. In addition to winning national scholarships, TURC students present papers at conferences, write articles that are published in academic journals and initiate service projects with a broad and meaningful impact on the community.


TURC scholars are provided:

  • The opportunity to conduct scholarly research during TURC’s summer program and throughout the year
  • Travel funds to attend and present research posters and papers at conferences
  • Support for specialized research equipment and needs

Questions about the TURC program? Email Nona Charleston.


Participants in TURC are selected by a competitive application process.

  • Students in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences should visit the ENS TURC page.
  • Students in the Kendall College of Arts and Sciences should visit the A&S TURC page.
  • Students in the Collins College of Business must contact Nona Charleston for the CCB TURC application.
  • Students in the Oxley College of Health Sciences must contact Nona Charleston for the CHS TURC application.