RCSA Overview

Purpose

As defined by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), research is an inquiry or investigation that makes an original, intellectual, or creative contribution to the discipline. At UCO we extend this definition to include significant faculty mentoring in research, creative, & scholarly activities (RCSA) that have the potential for peer-reviewed dissemination in the form of presentations, publications, creative projects, exhibitions, or performances.

Mission Statement for the Student RCSA Program

To promote academic transformative learning experiences for students from all disciplines through research, creative, and scholarly activities by supporting productive, collaborative engagement with faculty. 

Engaging students in RCSA is one of the academic goals of UCO. RCSA opportunities contribute to the production of well-rounded, better-educated students who will have a greater probability of becoming productive, creative, ethical, and engaged citizens in a post-graduate environment. While UCO encourages and supports RCSA at all levels across the UCO campus, it is especially encouraging and supportive when students are involved. Students of all disciplines can engage in the benefits and excitement of student-focused RCSA.

How to Get Involved

Talk with your professors about their research interests and discuss research opportunities in your discipline and with the department chairperson to inquire about potential mentors and possible research opportunities. Utilize the links on the left for additional information. 

Why Apply for an RCSA Grant?

1. Take your learning and skills outside the classroom to gain real world experiences.

2. Gain knowledge to make yourself more competitive.

3. Money to support your research. creative and scholarly activities. 

4. Be an academic role model and develop leadership skills.

5. Engage in the UCO and Oklahoma community. 

6. Work in a collaborative environment with faculty mentors and peers. 

7. Identify your career interests.

8. Enhance creativity, critical inquiry, and presentation skills.

9. It's fun!