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Research programs are structured opportunities which do not require students to have a project or research advisor already. Students are matched up with or asked to choose a project and research advisor. There are many research programs available at universities and institutions nationwide, and these may be sponsored by federal funding agencies such as the NSF, NIH, or a national laboratory. Ohio State has a small number of these programs available (listed below). The majority of these programs occur during summer term and offer students funding or a stipend for summer (and some may include housing). Applications for research programs are competitive and generally require a personal statement, essays, recommendation letters, and transcripts.

The OURCI maintains a list of non-OSU programs here (will take you to a Google spreadsheet). This list is updated as often as possible. It is extensive, but far from a comprehensive list of all programs available nationwide. Use the databases below to help you find additional programs, or search the internet using key words such as "undergraduate", "summer", "research", "program", and your field of interest (for example, "mechanical engineering"). International research programs are listed on the International Research page.

Students interested in finding funding to support their current research project with an Ohio State faculty member should visit our funding page.

Databases of external research programs

Ohio State undergrad research programs

Many of these programs recur annually and information is updated as it becomes available.