Journal History

The Oklahoma Journal of Undergraduate Research (OKJUR) is part of a statewide initiative to promote undergraduate research at all Oklahoma institutions of higher education.  In 2008 the Council for Undergraduate Research hosted a Strategic Planning Retreat for several Oklahoma college/university teams with funding provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Following a 2009 workshop organized by these strategic planning teams, the group developed a statewide conference for “Promoting Undergraduate Research” that has been hosted by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) annually since 2010.  A small group of conference participants developed the concept for a statewide journal in 2013 and later that year the idea was proposed to the OSRHE’s Council of Presidents and the Council on Instruction where the concept was well received.  An advisory board was formed to manage the OKJUR, and in 2014 the OKJUR Board partnered with the Oklahoma State University Libraries to host and maintain the Online Journal System (OJS) that is used to manage the OKJUR.

The OKJUR logo was selected through a statewide design contest in 2014.  Victor Acosta, then a senior majoring in graphic design at the University of Central Oklahoma, created the winning design.  With minors in illustration and Spanish, Victor hopes to work for a design company and give back to his parents who made significant sacrifices emigrating from Mexico.  English is Victor’s second language, but his design translates well in any language.