Planning to do research Fall 2021? Students should start by reaching out to potential faculty mentors (using the steps outlined in “Get Started”). You and your faculty mentor can then have a conversation about whether you will collaborate in-person, remotely, or a blend of in-person and remote.

Office Mission

The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & the Arts (Office of URSA) supports undergraduate student engagement in faculty-mentored research and scholarly work across all disciplines and campuses at OSU. We promote equity and inclusion by ensuring that all students (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, and students identifying as first-generation and/or low-income) have access to information and resources needed to participate in these experiences, and that they are supported. We actively work with campus partners to help students overcome challenges to engaging in research. 

Our office provides a range of resources and programs to ensure that students who engage in research find meaning and growth in these experiences, enhancing their readiness to succeed at OSU and beyond. Concurrently, we encourage high-quality, effective mentoring by providing professional development opportunities, resources, and awards to graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty who mentor undergraduates in research. In doing so, we encourage mentors to maintain an authentic interest in their students and support undergraduate researchers holistically.

Upcoming Events 

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Benefits of Engaging

Undergraduate research experiences promote student engagement in ways that traditional classroom instruction cannot. Engaging in undergraduate research or creative work with a faculty mentor can help students build confidence, develop problem-solving skills, refine career interests, and facilitate important connections for graduate school or employment after graduation.