The following are eligible to serve as mentors:

  1. Professorial Faculty (Assistant/Associate/Full Professor/Professor of Practice)
  2. Instructors who are engaged in research
  3. Professional Faculty who are engaged in research.

Mentors can be included on more than one student application.

More than one student may be selected per mentor to provide opportunities for team work when appropriate.

Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars are not eligible to serve as the primary mentor submitting the application but may mentor URSA Engage Awardees along with the primary mentor.  

Mentor Requirements

Prior to undergraduate application submission/commencement of the URSA Engage project

Mentors must be willing to respond to students that approach them and meet with them, if needed, prior to submission of the application by the student.

Mentors need to have approvals in place prior to commencement of URSA Engage projects for activities requiring compliance oversight. Mentors should allow sufficient time for the review and approval process.

Deadline for submission of online Mentor Summary Form is November 10, 2016

After commencement of the URSA Engage project

Mentors of URSA Engage awardees will need to commit to meeting with URSA Engage Awardees at least once a week, or 2-3 times a quarter if a graduate student or postdoc is available to meet with the mentee at least once a week.

Information sought on the online Mentor Summary Form:

Contact Information

Describe the focus of your research activities/interest (within 100 characters or less), keeping in mind the target audience – first year/second year/transfer students in their first year at OSU.

Examples of two potential URSA Engage projects (within 500 characters).

Attributes/skills/background sought in undergraduate mentees - required or preferred.

Details of plans to mentor the undergraduates if selected for the award - how many times you plan to meet with the undergraduate mentee; how many times your graduate student and /or postdoc will meet with the student (if applicable); if you are willing to mentor Ecampus students, how you plan to ‘meet’/interact/communicate with the students.

How interested students should contact you.

Which URSA Engage Information Workshop(s) you (or a graduate student or postdoc from your research group) plan to attend.

URSA Engage Information Workshops:

Refreshments will be provided.

November 21: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM, 4001 ALS (Ag and Life Sciences Bldg.)

January 19: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM, 1109 Cordley Hall

Workshop Agenda:

5:00 PM to 5:30 PM: The 2016-2017 URSA-Engage program will be described, and information provided on how applicants can seek and approach mentors, and develop a successful application. 

5:30 PM to 6:00 PM: Mentors will present their research, and examples of potential projects.

6:00 PM to 6:30 PM: Undergraduates and mentors can meet, discuss potential projects and exchange contact information.