Undergraduate students in researchOSU students who have engaged in research/creative activities that meet the criteria below can be formally recognized for these efforts by an honor designation on their transcripts as a “Research Fellow” or an “Arts Fellow” as appropriate.  Students who receive this notation may wear a blue honor cord at commencement ceremonies.


1.  What constitutes a significant research/creative project?

Answer – It will vary with each major/discipline.  In the sciences, it could be a laboratory research project.  In the liberal arts, it might be a creative effort in music, visual, or performance arts.  In engineering, it might be the design of a novel device for automating a process.  In any case, the project must ultimately be overseen by an OSU faculty mentor.


2.  Who decides if the project qualifies?

Answer – your mentor for the project.  Mentors must be members of the OSU research/graduate faculty (assistant, associate, or full professors).  These are people who are either on a tenure track or are tenured.  Faculty with the title of “Research Assistant Professor”, “Research Associate Professor”, or “Research Professor” are not allowed to serve as mentors.  In general, instructors will also not qualify to serve as mentors.  Senior Instructors, with prior approval, may serve as mentors.


3.  Can the work be done away from OSU?

Answer – Yes, but it must be certified by an OSU mentor as meeting the criteria above.


4.  Does a thesis written for a major or for the Honors College or International Degree qualify?


Answer – In general, yes.  However, if your mentor for your thesis does not meet the criteria listed in point #2 above you should consult with Sujaya Rao (ugr@oregonstate.edu) before getting too far along in the process.  UHC students and BRR students use a DIFFERENT application form than the one contained here.  See UHC or BRR to obtain the form.


5.  Can I graduate and then add this to my transcript later?


Answer – No.  Unless everything is certified in a completed application submitted to the head advisor of the college of your major by noon on Monday of finals week of the term  in which you are graduating, you will not be able to add it later.


6.  What qualifies as an appropriate project presentation?


Answer – There are several ways to satisfy this.  They include presentation at the Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) poster session at OSU in spring term Details at: http://oregonstate.edu/ua/events/cue.   Other options for communicating your work include publishing your work in a professional journal, doing a public performance (recital, for example), a thesis defense, or giving a seminar in your department. 


7.  What is the difference between a Research Fellow and an Arts Fellow?


Answer - A “Research Fellow” will be a student who has engaged in activities leading to uncovering new knowledge or applying existing knowledge to solving problems. An “Arts Fellow” will be a student completing a significant creative project in the arts.  Creative works may fall under the performance arts (theater, dance, music, etc.) media (video, film) writing, or the visual arts.


8.  How can I get more information?


Answer – Send an email to Dr. Sujaya Rao at Sujaya@ugr-oregonstate.edu