Undergraduate Research Abroad (URA) Program Obligations for Students

Requirements/Expectations of URA Grant Student Recipients

  1. Each student must be a full-time undergraduate student, with at least 12 credit-hours completed at UCO by the application deadline. Preference will be given to proposals engaging first and second year students.
  2. Each student must enroll in two credit-hours of undergraduate research independent study during two semesters of the Grant Funding Period (e.g., fall, spring, or summer) for a total of four credit-hours during the funding period. During the independent study hours, students are expected to complete preparatory work including readings before departure, research discussions with the faculty mentor, final research project design, foreign travel plans for data collection, and/or post trip work including data analysis, and submission of final results and research outcomes for conference and/or journal submission.
  3. Each student at his/her own expense must secure the university’s travel insurance prior to departure for conducting research in the foreign country.
  4. Funded students and faculty mentors are required to present their research at Oklahoma Research Day and encouraged to submit their research to conferences and journals. An acknowledgement of the grant must appear in all presentations, posters, and publications resulting from the funded project.
  5. Funded students and faculty mentors are required to participate in the Undergraduate Research Abroad Showcase held each fall semester at UCO. The date and time of the showcase is to be arranged by OHIP.
  6. At the end of each semester (one calendar week before the last day of final exams) during the funding period, the grant recipients and faculty mentor must submit a brief description of the progress on the project. A photo should be included with the description showing the student and/or mentor's involvement on the project. If documentation is not received by the deadline each semester the recipients may be ineligible for future disbursement of funding from the grant.
  7. It is the recipients' responsibility to inform OHIP of any address, phone, or email changes during the grant period.