Learning how to recruit, train, and find funding for undergraduate researchers can be daunting, but we have collected mentoring tips from current faculty, as well as information below to assist you.
Recruiting Undergraduate Researchers
The OSAS-UR&CI assists faculty and the campus community with finding undergraduate research assistants by posting available positions on our website. These positions can be found on our Research Postings page.
If you are interested in posting an undergraduate research position, please complete our research position form. Please allow 2-3 days for the position to be posted.
We also suggest reaching out to academic advisors and undergraduate studies coordinators in your college or department to send a message to students about the open position.
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 OSAS-UR&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 and Grants
Funding for Undergraduate Students
There are many scholarships, fellowships, and small grants (listed on our Funding Opportunities page) 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.
Funding for Mentors
The OSAS-UR&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.
Please visit the Office of Research to find more information about funding for labs and faculty.