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Program Components

Click here to view the 2021-2022 Faculty Mentor Catalogue! 

  • Students will review projects outlined in the URSA Engage Faculty Mentor Catalogue. The catalogue is full of faculty members who are willing (and excited!) to serve as undergraduate research mentors in the URSA Engage Program.
  • Eligible students will then reach out to faculty members whose research is of interest to them. Students should tell the faculty member they meet with that they are interested in applying for the URSA Engage Program and are looking for a faculty mentor.
  • If the faculty mentor is interested in working with the eligible student, the student and faculty mentor will discuss potential projects and the student will apply to the URSA Engage Program under their mentorship.
  • If the faculty mentor is not able to work with the eligible student, the student can reach out to a different mentor in the catalog. We offer URSA Engage coaching during drop-in undergraduate research advising hours if you would like help reaching out to a new mentor.
  • Student applications are due December 13th and notification of awards will be sent in late January.
  • Awardees are expected to engage with their projects for an average of 5 hours a week for the 15-week duration of the project (mid-winter 2022 to the end of spring 2022). 
  • If selected, an award of $750 will be transferred into the student’s OSU account as two installments (one during winter term and one during spring term - see Financial Award below).
  • This program is intended to fund NEW student-faculty partnerships, not those that have already been in place. In order to be eligible, students must apply to work with mentors they have not worked with in the past.
  • Only students in their first or second year at OSU, and transfer students in their first year at OSU, are eligible to apply.
  • Only students seeking their first undergraduate degree are eligible.
  • Students can submit only one application.
  • Students can apply for the program once per year that they are eligible but can only receive an URSA Engage award once while at OSU.
  • If selected, students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits per term while in the program.
  • Students in OSU Pathways Programs: You will be eligible for the URSA Engage Program after you progress into an OSU degree.
  • Students in this program receive an award of $750. If selected, the $750 will be transferred into the student’s OSU account as two installments. $350 will be applied in the Winter term, and $400 in the Spring term after we have verified you are continuing in your project.
  • It is possible that this award could affect a student's financial aid package for the year if the total amount of aid a student receives for the year exceeds their cost of attendance or their need. If you are concerned that your financial aid may be impacted, please contact a Financial Aid Advisor using this contact information and ask this question: "I am receiving a stipend for participating in an undergraduate research program. How will this stipend affect my financial aid package?"
  • If you are applying for the URSA Engage Program during the 2021-2022 school year, see below for this year's requirements:

    • The student will meet with their mentor at least once a week, or 2-3 times a quarter if a graduate student or postdoc is available to meet with them at least once a week.

    • The student will present their work at either CUE (Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence) in May 2022, at SURS (Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium) in September 2022, or at another approved professional conference.

    • The student will submit a 1-2 page written report which includes a brief overview of the research/creative activity, the impacts of the mentoring relationship on your undergraduate experience, and any issues you encountered. This paper does not need to be long, but is your opportunity to summarize the experience for your own use, and tell us if things could be improved upon.

    • The student will attend a professional development workshop offered through our office, called "Getting the Most from Undergraduate Research." For more information, please visit Getting the Most from Undergraduate Research.

  • Students who complete the URSA Engage Program are eligible to receive a special notation on their transcript that indicates they are a "Research Fellow" or an "Arts Fellow". This process is called Transcript Notation. Students who present at CUE or SURS will receive this honor. If you are presenting at a different opportunity, please follow the instructions here to apply.
  • Note - Students in the Honors College and those majoring in BioResource Research may have a different process and should check in with their programs about Transcript Notation.

Click here for more information about the URSA Engage Program and for important links to apply!