RESOURCES FOR FACULTY RESEARCH MENTORS
1. Supplement Grant Applications
The OURCI can support faculty grant applications with a letter of collaboration. We can strengthen your application by outlining the commitment and resources that Ohio State dedicates to its undergraduate researchers, as well as confirm that our office can help to recruit undergraduate researchers for your project.
To request a letter, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Review our Annual Report for benchmark data to include in grant applications.
2. Recruiting Undergraduate Researchers
The OURCI does not actually match students with faculty, nor do we post a list of research opportunities for students on our website. We do, however, help students to identify faculty working in areas of interest to them, and advise them on how to search for research opportunities. We also assist faculty who would like to recruit undergraduate researchers by sending emails about current opportunities to our listserv or to students in specific majors - more info on recruiting students is here.
3. Expectations for Undergraduate Researchers
Expectations for undergrad researchers vary from faculty to faculty and project to project. If students are enrolled in undergraduate research course credit under your supervision, their department or college may have requirements for the amount of time spent on research for each credit hour.
The OURCI has a contract available for you and your mentees to use. This contract can assist you in discussing expectations and building a productive and satisfying working relationship from day one.
4. Funding for Undergraduate Researchers
There are many scholarships, fellowships, and small grants (listed on our funding webpage) which students can apply for to support their independent research projects. Generally, these types of monetary support are given directly to the student and not to the faculty advisor.
5. Undergraduate Research Theses
The OURCI has posted information about research theses on our website. In addition, students should contact their academic advising office for information on the specific requirements for graduating with distinction in their major.
5. Mentoring and Tenure and Promotion
Faculty who supervise undergraduate researchers may get credit for this work in tenure, promotion, merit-based salary decisions, and in teaching assignments. However, this varies among academic units. Mentoring undergraduate researchers is generally encouraged and appreciated, and should be listed on your CV. It is best to consult with your Chair or Director and the Promotion and Tenure Committee in your unit about expectations for faculty at your career stage.
6. Sharing Student Accomplishments
If you would like to share and publicize your student's accomplishments, submit them here.
7. Donate to the Office
The office accepts donations to support student research grants and fellowships. To donate, click here and scroll to Fund 312045, The Office of Undergraduate Research Discretionary Fund.