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Define a Topic

  • You're major, or minor, is a great place to start! Although there are students who decide to do research outside of their field of study, typically they choose to do research that is related to their major or their minor.
  • Think of your classes and topics that were discussed in your classes that may have sparked your interest.
  • Learn more about the research that is already being conducted in your field.
    • Talk to faculty members in your department, or even your peers that are already engaged in research.
    • Attend research forums that are held across campus. A list of these forums can be found here.
    • Visit the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum's website. A list of "accepted abstracts" are provided on the site, highlighting all the research that has been presented in the past. Tip: if you come across a project on the Denman website that sounds interesting to you, write down the faculty advisor for the project. This will help you get a jump start on Step 2!
    • Visit the Fall Undergraduate Research Forum website. The accepted abstracts are listed on this site for you to browse as well.
    • Browse undergraduate research theses in the Knowledge Bank.

It is important to be flexible when considering what type of research you would like to conduct. Ohio State has a wide variety of research that is already being conducted, however, it is not always possible to find a specific topic that is the focus of a research project.

With that being said, it is vital that you get involved in a research project that truly interests you. You will be spending a lot of time and effort on your research and we want to be sure that the research you are conducting is worth your time and effort.