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Research is the lifeblood of modern graduate programs and a defining element of an institution’s character. 

The University of Tulsa research projects and graduate programs incorporate a set of core values that reflect the University’s mission statement and educational goals:

  • Excellence in scholarship
  • Dedication to free inquiry
  • Integrity of character
  • Commitment to humanity

The core values define the unique qualities of TU’s graduate programs and research projects. New and exciting research opportunities occur all over campus and are not confined to the laboratory or the classroom. Community involvement and an understanding of the ethical implications of one’s research are essential elements of TU research and graduate studies.


When considering graduate programs, you should consider how an institution’s research will shape your academic experience and professional future. Research is going on all over the TU campus and addresses everything from new petrochemical technologies to the impact of traumatic events on the human psyche.

Just the Facts:

  • Total funded external research, 2013-14: $24,267,652
  • Total sponsored grants and contracts, 2013-14: 244
  • Funding sources: 30% federal, 65% private sector, 3% state and local government
  • Federal funding sources:
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Security Agency
  • Internal funding for student research, 2013-14: $57,835
  • Internal funding for faculty and student travel, 2013-14: $34,281


Active Consortia and Joint Industry Projects:

Applied Research Center for Cloud of Things
Center for Boundary Integral Methods
Coiled Tubing Mechanics Research Consortium (CTMRC)
Computational Neuroscience and Adaptive Systems Lab (CNAS)
Crash Reconstruction Research Consortium
Critical Infrastructure Protection LabCyber Corps Program
Erosion Corrosion Research Center
Hurricane Motor Works (HMW)
Indoor Air Program
Insilico Research Group
Materials Research Group
MultiAgent SysTEms ReSearch Group (MASTERS)
Software Engineering Architecture Team (SEAT)
TU Artificial Lift Projects (TUALP)
TU Center of Research Excellence (TUCoRE)
TU Center for Reservoir Studies (TUCRS)
TU Drilling Research Projects (TUDRP)
TU Fluid Flow Projects (TUFFP)
TU High-Viscosity Oil Projects (TUHOP)
TU Hydrates Flow Projects (TUHFP)
TU Paraffin Deposition Project (TUPDP)
TU Petroleum Reservoir Exploitation Projects (TUPREP)
TU Separation Technology Projects (TUSTP) 

Interdisciplinary Institutes:

Institute of Alternative Energy
Institute for Biochemical and Psychological Study of Individual Differences
Institute of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Institute for Information Security (iSEC)
Institute of Nanotechnology
Institute for Software Research (TUISR)
Tulsa Institute for Trauma, Adversity and Injustice