Undergraduate Research

The Undergraduate Research Office (URO) is a clearinghouse for coordinating the many opportunities available to undergraduates who want to become involved in research at Ohio State. Programming, workshops, seminars, and peer mentoring are all included in the office’s activities.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities within Ohio State

Denman Undergraduate Research Forum
The 19th annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in the Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC). Created in 1996, the Denman provides students with an opportunity to showcase their research and scholarly work before a group of faculty and corporate judges. In 2013, more than 700 students participated in the forum.

Stone Laboratory’s Research Experience for Undergraduate Program (REU)
Stone Laboratory’s Research Experience for Undergraduates Scholarship Program brings together students from across the country to conduct in-the-field research alongside top researchers. Areas of study include entomology, limnology, ornithology, fisheries, and biological collections curation.

Summer Undergraduate Research Institute
The Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI), organized by the Undergraduate Research Office, takes place during summer term each year.  Students who attend SURI have the opportunity to develop professional skills, network, and have fun.

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Discover Research Opportunities at Ohio State
Discover Research Programs for Underrepresented Student Groups

External Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Committee on Institutional Cooperation Summer Research Opportunities Program
The goal of the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is to increase the number of internal and external underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. Students can enhance their research skills through intensive mentoring sessions with faculty at Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) member institutions.   How to Craft a Research Question.

Department of Energy
Student Programs and Internships

Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships
The Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program places students in paid science and engineering internships in Department of Energy facilities including Ames Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Energy Technology Laboratory and many more. Students work with scientists and engineers on projects related to the laboratories’ specific research programs.

Environmental Protection Agency Center for Environmental Research
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) program provides undergraduate fellowships for students in environmentally-related fields of study.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Undergraduate Student Research Project
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Undergraduate Student Research Project (USRP) offers internship opportunities for undergraduate science and engineering students at 10 NASA centers as well as partner facilities.

National Endowment for the Arts
Volunteer internship opportunities are available at the National Endowment for the Arts. Internships offer a national overview of the arts activities across the country.

National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides an opportunity to spend the summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates
The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) site program. Students work closely with faculty researchers at a selected site on specific research projects.

National Science Foundation Specialized Information for Undergraduate Students
The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers a number of programs that provide either direct support or indirect support from an awardee institution to students.

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
The Washington Center has several initiatives through which students may intern in federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Department of Transportation to name a few.

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Research Internships at Other Sites

Other Useful Resources for Undergraduates

Journal of Undergraduate Research
The Journal of Undergraduate Research (JUROS) is an online peer-reviewed publication dedicated to publishing research conducted by Ohio State undergraduate students.

Web Guide to Research for Undergraduates
The Web Guide to Research for Undergraduates provides information and links to information on all aspects of undergraduate research.

Research with Human Subjects

Research with Animals

Research with Biohazards