Even though the majority of OSU courses will be taught remotely during fall term 2020, many undergraduates will continue to engage in research! Keep in mind, that the continuation plan for research is separate from the plan for coursework. We recommend that students who want to engage in research start by reaching out to potential faculty mentors (using the steps outlined in “Get Started”). You and your faculty mentor can then have a conversation about whether you will collaborate on-site/in-person, remotely, or a blend of on-site/in-person and remote, following OSU fall term guidelines.

Office Mission

The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & the Arts (Office of URSA) supports undergraduate student engagement in faculty-mentored research and scholarly work across all disciplines and campuses at OSU. We promote equity and inclusion by ensuring that all students, and especially students from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, and students identifying as first-generation and/or low-income, have access to information and resources needed to participate in these experiences, and that they are supported in navigating the research enterprise. We actively work with campus partners to help students overcome challenges to engaging in research at OSU. 

Our office provides a wide range of resources and programs to ensure that students who engage in research find meaning and growth in these experiences, enhancing their readiness to succeed at OSU and beyond. Concurrently, we encourage high-quality, effective mentoring by providing professional development opportunities, resources, and awards to graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty who mentor undergraduates in research. In doing so, we encourage mentors to maintain an authentic interest in their students and support undergraduate researchers holistically.

Upcoming Deadlines and Events

  • Want to learn the steps to getting involved in research as an undergraduate? Register now for our campus-wide Research Ready Workshop on October 7th from 5:00-6:30 pm.

  • The URSA Engage Program provides students opportunities to pursue research or a creative activity under the guidance of an OSU mentor. Students who are selected will receive an award of $750. The program is available to undergraduates at all OSU campuses and across all academic disciplines. Visit this website for details on how to apply and register for an informational workshop (see “step 3”).

Benefits of Engaging

Undergraduate research experiences promote student engagement in ways that traditional classroom instruction cannot. Engaging in undergraduate research or creative work with a faculty mentor can help students build confidence, develop problem-solving skills, refine career interests, and facilitate important connections for graduate school or employment after graduation.

Have Questions?

Join us for drop-in Office of URSA advising! Advising hours are hosted virtually via Zoom on Mondays and Tuesdays from 1-3 PM.

  • Fall-Spring Terms 2020-2021: Fill out this brief form to instantly receive the Zoom link and passcode.

“I'm so happy I found the Office of URSA. As an Ecampus student, it's so easy to feel completely disconnected from the University and the Office of URSA has provided me with more information about opportunities than any other department or person at OSU. I cannot thank you enough.”
– Allison Profeta