Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) - University of Tulsa

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 Office of Integrative and Experiential Learning.


Participants in TURC are selected by a competitive application process. Applications for summer 2022 are now open. Please apply below. The deadline is April 1st, 2022, with rolling admissions up to May 1st, 2022. Deadline for incoming students is May 1st, 2022.

Student Application Form

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