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3 STEPS TO GET STARTED

At Ohio State, undergraduate students generally seek out faculty mentors, not the other way around. In order to get started in research:

  1. Define a possible research area or topic of interest
  2. Identify faculty who work in your area of interest
  3. Contact faculty to request research mentorship.

Good news – our office is here to support students as they go through each step of this process. Contact the office at ugresearch@osu.edu to schedule an undergraduate research advising appointment or stop by the office (53 W 11th Avenue) during walk-in hours which are Monday-Friday from 10:00am-4:0pm.

RESEARCH CONTRACT

Although a contract between undergraduate researchers and their faculty research mentor is not necessary, it can help both parties outline, develop, and meet expectations. Meeting expectations of all parties will help create a satisfying working relationahip from day one. A template for a research contract can be found here.

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AT REGIONAL CAMPUSES

Students attending a regional campus are encouraged to engage in undergraduate research, and the process of getting involved is very similar for any student in any major on any Ohio State campus. Regional campus students are welcome to take advantage of any of the funding and presentation opportunities offered by the OUR&CI. There is also additional information on undergraduate research at specific campuses available for: Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark.