Program Closed 2016-2017 

URSA Engage is designed to establish mentoring relationships for undergraduates early in their program at OSU. The goal is to provide first and second year students, and transfer students in their first year at OSU, opportunities to pursue research or a creative activity under the guidance of an OSU mentor. An incentive is provided to mentors for taking on relatively inexperienced students who may not have been previously exposed to, or be aware of, the research/scholarship enterprise. The program is available to undergraduates and mentors at all campuses.

The program will provide $750 for the undergraduate URSA Engage awardees, and $250 in the form of development funds for mentors.

Based on feedback from students and faculty, a hybrid of programs implemented the last two years will be offered in 2016-2017. Highlights of the program:

  • Mentors willing to mentor first year/second year/transfer students will express their interest by submitting the Mentor Summary Form which will include information about the mentor’s research focus, examples of potential projects, and a mentoring plan.
  • Mentor summaries (rather than specific project information as was done before) will be posted on the URSA webpage.
  • Students will review the Mentor Summaries, approach mentors whose research is of interest to them, discuss potential projects with the mentors, and then submit their applications - which will need to include the Mentor Approval Form signed by the mentor.
  • URSA Engage Information Workshops will be organized for connecting eligible students with potential mentors, and to help students with the application process.
  • Mentors whose summaries are posted will need to be willing to respond to students that approach them, and to meet with them, if needed, prior to submission of the application by the student; thus, mentors decide which and how many students they are willing to mentor.
  • An evaluation committee will review applications and make selections.
  • Students can submit only one application but mentors can be included on more than student application. More than one student may be selected per mentor to provide opportunities for team work, when appropriate.

Evaluation Criteria: Selection of awardees will be based on quality of the mentoring plan and the proposed project, and expected impacts of the experience on the undergraduate.

Program Dates:

Mentor Summary Submission Deadline  November 10, 2016
Posting of Mentor Summaries Online November 15, 2016
URSA Engage Information Workshops November 21, 2016 and January 19, 2017
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
1109 Cordley Hall
Undergraduate Application Deadline January 31, 2017
Announcement of Awards February 15, 2017
Project Duration 15 weeks (mid-Winter 2017 to end of Spring 2017)


For more information about the 2016-2017 URSA Engage Program, see the links below:

Information for Undergraduates

Information for Mentors

URSA Engage Information Workshops

2015-2016 URSA Engage archive


URSA Engage is supported by the Division of Undergraduate Studies and the Research Office at OSU.

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