Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Deadline for Summer 2017 is January 31, 2017


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Download the Information Sheet for community college students

Download the application for all students

The Graduate College at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) hosts four summer programs, which are designed to offer outstanding undergraduate students intensive, hands-on research opportunities in the laboratories of a select group of faculty mentors.  The four programs hosted by OUHSC are: the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Program (SURE), the IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Summer Research Program, the Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH), and the Cancer Undergraduate Research Experience.
Oklahoma INBRE has hosted over 450 students since 2001 to participate in summer research programs.  Students accepted into the INBRE program are paired with a mentor who shares their same research interests.  The mentor could be at one of Oklahoma's research institutions, or at the student's home campus. And the best part is, the student is paid for the experience and the mentor receives lab supplies. The INBRE selection committee makes every attempt to pair the student with a mentor that shares a common area of research interest.  Mentors, graduate students, and laboratory technicians work very closely with the student, teaching methods and techniques, while allowing the student to assume responsibility for the project.  

Students attending the following institutions are eligible:   
Northeastern State University
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
University of Central Oklahoma
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Cameron University
Langston University
East Central University
Rogers State University
Oklahoma Panhandle State University
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City Community College
Tulsa Community College
Comanche Nation College 
Redlands Community College

Research Areas
Because the OK-INBRE program is funded by the National Institutes of Health, research projects submitted by mentors are biomedical in nature.  This includes the following disciplines, among others:

cell biology
developmental biology
molecular biology


$5,000 Summer Employment.  Federal and state taxes will be withheld. 
$2,200 Laboratory Supplies (paid to the Mentor's Lab)
The mentor will pay for production of the poster for the final poster presentation.

The student is responsible for parking fees and housing costs.  Housing over the summer is a personal decision of the student.  The student can live at home or elsewhere.  

College Credit

Credit may be available for participation in the summer program.  All tuition and fees are the responsibility of the student. Community college students will earn two hours of credit for the mandatory "boot camp" prior to the summer research experience.

Poster Presentation

Each student will develop a poster demonstrating the research project and progress made therein.  A poster-making tutorial may be provided.  The presentation is required and is open to the general public.  This presentation is held on the OUHSC campus and is the final event of the summer program.  All four summer programs hosted on the OUHSC campus participate in this event.  Faculty mentors, parents and friends are invited to attend.  A luncheon for program participants is held afterwards.