About the Research Colloquium

In 1998, The University of Tulsa established the first annual Student Research Colloquium in order to provide TU students with an opportunity to gain public speaking experience, learn about student research from fields outside their own academic discipline, and experience judging methods used by professional organizations for national and international meetings. The event is held during the Spring semester and is open to all TU undergraduate, graduate, and law students.

The Research Colloquium is organized by students from the Graduate Student Association and the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge, in conjunction with the Graduate School. Student Co-Chairs and Graduate School administrators help facilitate the submission of abstracts, solicit donations from campus administrative offices and organizations, organize session schedules, compile event programs, secure student judges, and coordinate sessions during the event.

This year will mark the 22nd Annual Student Research Colloquium, which has grown from a one-session event with 6 participants into a week-long event and an average of 175 student presentations a year. The Colloquium website is at http://www.utulsa.edu/research-colloquium and all inquiries can be emailed to research-colloquium@utulsa.edu.

Presentation topics may contain anything from original research or scholarship that a student may be conducting to work that has already been submitted for a classroom project over the previous fall semester. Some students have also used the Colloquium as an opportunity to present research proposals or scholarship in which they are contemplating doing an in-depth study, although topics do not have to cover experimental research. Departments are also encouraged to organize subject-specific symposia for inclusion during the Colloquium, to highlight particular student research topics from previous classes or encourage research into a topic of particular interest to their field.

To give students experience with judging methods typically used for national and international meetings, submitted presentations are judged according to criteria commonly used at scholarly professional meetings. Each session is overseen by a team of judges that includes faculty and students, plus a student serving as the session chair. Winners are announced at the Student Research Colloquium Awards Banquet and all the participants, as well as the advising professors for the student presenters, are invited to attend. There are cash awards for first, second, and third place, as well as awards for honorable mention, plus awards for the Community Service, Poster, and Video sessions.

From start to finish, the Colloquium is an amazing opportunity for students to gain a real understanding of what goes into a professional meeting, encouraging them to actively pursue interdisciplinary areas of research. The Colloquium continues to grow in size and scope, allowing TU students to expand their knowledge base of other fields and enabling the TU community to actively support our students in their endeavors.



Kent Teague, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Research, Forum Chair

Danielle Fousel

Sarah Beth Bell, M.A.

Krista Kezbers, Ph.D.

Heather Chancellor McIntosh, M.S., CRA

The OU-Tulsa Research Forum is a multidisciplinary event held annually at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center that showcases the research efforts of students, residents, and fellows from all of the colleges at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. The forum has grown from a small OU College of Medicine event in 2002, with only 14 abstract submissions focused on health research, to approximately 100 submissions per year, that involve the entire campus and all types of research performed at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. Participation by colleges located on the OU-Tulsa campus includes, Allied Health, Medicine, Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Education, Nursing, and Public Health. In 2011, the OU-Tulsa research forum made a significant shift as it expanded beyond OU-Tulsa to also include research in a variety of fields from students at the University of Tulsa. It also became a part of the University of Tulsa Student Research Colloquium.

Participants from both universities are invited to meet new researchers with related research interests, develop mentor-student relationships, develop interdisciplinary dialogue, and enjoy the opportunity to learn of their colleague’s research efforts. Participants submit abstracts of their research for review by a faculty panel and acceptable abstracts are presented as posters. In-field and out-of-field judges assess the poster presentations and prizes are awarded to the top posters in each category.

Categories for submission include biomedical, education, engineering and applied research, quality improvement, and social/behavioral and community service.

The 2019 OU-Tulsa Research Forum will be held at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Learning Center at 41st & Yale on Wednesday, April 3rd. Participants are asked to setup their posters between 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and judging will commence at 2:00 p.m. Presenters must discuss their poster research with judges between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.


Contact the research colloquium committee at research-colloquium@utulsa.edu.