RESOURCES FOR FACULTY RESEARCH MENTORS
Recruiting Undergraduate Researchers
The OUR&CI does not match students with faculty, nor do we post a list of open research positions for students on our website. We do, however, help students identify faculty working in areas of interest to them, and how to connect with those who they may be interested in working with. For faculty, we assist in recruiting undergraduate researchers by sending emails about current opportunities to our listserv - more info on recruiting students is here.
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. Experience with mentoring undergraduate researchers 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.
Supplement Grant Applications
The OUR&CI 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.
Expectations for Undergraduate Researchers
Expectations for undergraduate researchers vary from faculty to faculty. It is important to set these expectations early with undergraduate students and continue to meet with your students on a regular basis to ensure that expectations from all parties are being met. The OUR&CI 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.
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.
Undergraduate Research Theses
The OUR&CI encourages undergraduate student researchers to contact their academic advising office for information on the specific requirements for graduating with distinction in their major.
Sharing Student Accomplishments
If you would like to share and publicize your student's accomplishments, submit them here.
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.