Stephenson Life Sciences and Research Center laboratory

Research Vision

To utilize the intellectual, technological, and administrative resources of the University of Oklahoma for the generation and dissemination of new knowledge to understand and improve all aspects of life and living.

Research Values

  • The University’s most treasured assets are its students, faculty & staff and their dreams, ambitions and talents.
  • All disciplines of scholarly endeavor are valued contributors to research and creative activity.
  • Integrity, ethical conduct, and mutual respect are uncompromising principles by which research and creative activity must be pursued.
  • Unfettered exchange and debate of competing ideas and perspectives expands understanding, promotes inclusion and ultimately leads to excellence.
  • Research and education are inextricably intertwined and together represent the foundation of knowledge creation upon with the University’s scholarly enterprise rests.

Strategic Research Areas


Integrative Life Sciences

Solving health and medical problems requires the knowledge of how cells react to other cells. Researchers of the Integrative Life Sciences initiative study the relationships of genes and molecules within living organisms. Major medical breakthroughs in the 21st century will come from understanding these relationships. The Initiative is made of collaborative teams of engineers, chemists, mathematicians and biologists including scientists at the OU Health Sciences Center who use advanced research tools to see how cells work. This broad approach is based on the recognition that health and life matters begin with the activity of cells.

K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal

Building a prosperous economy for tomorrow depends on the curiosity and knowledge that children develop today, especially in science. The K20 Center is an educational and research center that connects university researchers to more than 500 K-12 schools in Oklahoma. Staffed by faculty in both educational and scientific disciplines, K20 seeks to improve science education through a teaching model that emphasizes student participation. Students learn best when they produce real scientific work. The center has three objectives: 1) further teachers’ subject knowledge with university research — and show them how to teach that new knowledge; 2) spur student learning through digital educational games; and 3) develop innovative teaching strategies with collaborative teams of school administrators and teachers.

Applied Social Research

The Center for Applied Social Research (CASR) works to enhance understanding of human behavior and to develop solutions to emerging real-world problems. The Center’s roster of researchers come from many social science fields – political science and public administration, anthropology, psychology, communication, geography, and management information systems. Some topics tackled by CASR researchers include threats addressed by public policy and public opinion, crisis management, health care issues, and the performance and ethics of leaders and scientists.

Weather Radar

OU Weather Radar TruckOne of the key goals of meteorologists, especially in Oklahoma, is to improve warnings of potentially hazardous weather. The improvement and accuracy of weather radar systems is the central goal of the Weather Radar strategic initiative. With several weather operations on the OU Research Campus at the National Weather Center, including NOAA’s National Weather Service Forecast Office, National Severe Storms Laboratory, and Radar Operations Center, OU is poised to be a leader in radar meteorology research, education, training and operations. The Weather Radar initiative includes faculty from meteorology, electrical and computer engineering, computer science, and civil engineering and environmental science. Researchers of this initiative concentrate on improving everyday understanding of radar research, advancing radar hardware, helping build a radar industry, and educating students and the public about radar systems.


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