About URSA Engage 2021-2022

The goal of the URSA Engage Program 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 faculty mentor. Students who are selected will receive an award of $750 and their faculty mentors will receive $250 for project-related costs. The program is available to undergraduates and mentors at all OSU campuses and across all academic disciplines. We encourage projects that integrate interdisciplinary work. OSU is committed to research, outreach, and teaching that serves our communities state-wide, nation-wide and globally. We strongly encourage the submission of projects that promote opportunities for community involvement and community-engaged learning.

Program Timeline

Important Steps with Links (see timeline for dates):

  • Step 1: Faculty Submit a Mentor Summary Form(Coming soon)
  • Step 2: Students Review Faculty Mentor Summaries(Coming soon)
  • Step 3: Students RSVP for an optional informational session
  • Step 4: Students cannot apply to the program unless they have a faculty member who agrees to serve as their mentor if they are accepted. During step 4, students should email and meet with faculty of interest to discuss projects and mentorship.
  • Step 5: Students fill out Student Application(opens Oct. 22nd at 9am).**Please note that mentors can help students formulate ideas but the application need to be written in the student's own words. Students will be assessed on their ability to articulate the professional and personal impacts of the project, their grasp of their role in the project and what needs to be accomplished, their ability to articulate an experience dealing with adversity, and the overall quality of their application.
  • **Notification of awards will be sent out in late January


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