Why URC?

Access to Top Facilities

Stephenson Research and Technology Center

The $27 million research facility, completed in 2004, includes 94,600 square feet of reconfigurable laboratory and office space to accommodate rapidly changing programs and new initiatives. It houses 251 faculty and student researchers working in a wide variety of disciplines, including chemistry, zoology, microbiology, botany and engineering.

National Weather Center 

The 244,000-square-foot National Weather Center opened its doors in September 2006. One of the largest facilities of its kind in the world, it houses 12 OU, state and federal organizations with more than 650 employees, faculty, researchers and students.

Learn more about our facilities by visiting the facilities page.

Partnership with Leading Researchers

Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as the only Very High Research university in the state, OU is a foundational engine for economic growth.  Research expenditures exceeded $261 million in FY10, and Norman Campus faculty (including faculty associated with Norman Campus programs at OU-Tulsa) set a record for new grants in 2010, topping the $100 million mark for the first time in OU history.  This achievement contributed significantly to the near tripling of Norman Campus research funding over the past 15 years. OU faculty are also receiving prestigious national and international awards and fellowships, publishing in acclaimed journals and books, serving as editors and jurists, and presenting or performing your scholarship in venues around the world.

Learn more about OU’s research areas.

Strong Civic Support

Known as the City of Festivals, Norman provides a constant source of events and activities for our partners here at the URC.  More importantly, however, the city supports the University of Oklahoma in its efforts to engage public and private organizations. This support for the University can be seen in the city’s Action Center, which serves to address the immediate needs of Norman residents, an extensive list of boards and commissions that act proactively to improve the city and the close relationships that city officials such as Mayor Rosenthal maintain with OU.

Learn more about Norman.