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Undergraduate research is defined by the Council on Undergraduate Research as "an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original, intellectual, or creative contribution to the discipline." Research is not limited to any one area – at Ohio State, research is occurring in all colleges and departments. Depending on the discipline, research may be known by different names, including creative activities, independent inquiry, or scholarship. No matter which field you are conducting research in, engaging in research is an enriching academic and personal experience.

Undergraduate research requires an educational collaboration between students and faculty members, as faculty mentors are needed to guide projects and advise student researchers. Depending on the field and the student's personal interest, students can develop their own independent project or join an existing research project. Research can culminate in a written or oral presentation, performance or display, publication, and/or research thesis as a means of making the academic or creative work accessible to others in the field and the general public.



Engaging in undergraduate research is often a transformative academic and personal experience. Students who conduct research are able to:

  • Foster relationships with faculty members
  • Discover personal interests
  • Explore and prepare for future academic or professional pursuits
  • Enhance critical and analytical thinking skills
  • Collaborate and work effectively as part of a team
  • Develop translatable problem solving and communication skills
  • Plus much more!