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 2017 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:
- Evolutionary questions in biology
- Investigations in the health sciences
- Design and development of devices to aid persons with disabilities
- Development of a synthetic organic chemistry method
- Experimental nanotechnology
- Composite and bio-inspired materials
- Reaction discovery and development
- Modern instrumentation for challenging chemistry
- Environmental factors in highway safety
- Applications of nanoparticles in real-world processes
- Stability of sports supplements
- Intelligent agents
- Biochemistry of disease
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.
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 June 6 and July 28, 2017.
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.
TURC Junior Scholars Program Application forms are available below.
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.
This is a zero-credit non-residential program; therefore, there is no tuition. Each scholar will be responsible for his or her own housing and personal expenses.