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The URSA Engage program is intended to fund new student-faculty partnerships to give transfer students and first and second year students the opportunity to do research who have have not done research before. Students will have the opportunity to engage in faculty-mentored research projects or scholarly work across any discipline. Please review eligibility requirements (below), then look through our faculty mentor summaries (Step 3) before submitting an application (Step 5).

Step 1

  • Determine your eligibility (see below!)

Step 2

  • Review application timeline, program requirements, and financial aid award (see below!)

Step 3

Step 4

  • OPTIONAL! Attend one Zoom information session (same content in both)
  • Oct. 27, 5-6 PM Zoom Password: 096899
  • Oct. 28, 5-6 PM Zoom Password: 871028

Step 5

Application Timeline

Student applications are due December 13, 2021 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). 




  • Must apply to work with a mentor that they have not worked with in the past
  • Be in 1st or 2nd year at OSU, and transfer students in 1st year at OSU (Cascades and Ecampus students eligible) 
  • Seeking their 1st undergraduate degree
  • Submit only 1 application
  • Can apply for the program once per year that they are eligible and can only receive 1 URSA Engage award
  • If selected, must be enrolled in at least 6 credits per term while in the program
  • Into OSU Pathways Programs will be eligible for the URSA Engage Program after they progress into an OSU degree

Program Requirements

Student will:

  • Meet with mentor at least once a week, or 2-3 times a term if a graduate student is available to meet with mentee at least once a week.

  • Present work at either CUE in May 2022, at SURS in September 2022, or at another approved professional conference.

  • Submit a 1-2 page written report that includes a brief overview of the research/creative activity, the impacts of the mentoring relationship on your undergraduate experience, and any issues you encountered. 

  • Attend a professional development workshop called Getting the Most from Undergraduate Research.


Financial Aid Award

Students in this program receive an award of $750. 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. If you are concerned that your financial aid may be impacted, please contact a Financial Aid Advisor.