About URSA Engage 2018-2019

URSA Engage is designed to establish mentoring relationships for undergraduates early in their academic programs 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. 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.

Information for Mentors

  • This program is intended to fund NEW student-faculty partnerships, not those that have already been in place. In order to be eligible, students must apply to work with mentors they have not worked with in the past.
  • Faculty who would like to mentor a student will express their interest by submitting the Faculty Mentor Summary Form which will include information about the mentor’s research focus, examples of potential projects, a mentoring plan, and contact information.
  • Faculty Mentor summaries will be posted on the URSA webpage for students to see (see timeline).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 faculty mentor.
  • Mentors need to have approvals in place prior to commencement of URSA Engage projects for activities requiring compliance oversight (e.g. IRB, IACUC). Mentors should allow sufficient time for the review and approval process.

Information for Students

  • This program is intended to fund NEW student-faculty partnerships, not those that have already been in place. In order to be eligible, students must apply to work with mentors they have not worked with in the past.
  • Only first and second year students, and transfer students in their first year at OSU, are eligible to apply.
  • Only students seeking their first undergraduate degree are eligible.
  • Students can apply for the program twice but can only receive an URSA Engage award once while at OSU.
  • If selected, students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits per term while in the program.
  • Students will review faculty mentor summaries, approach mentors whose research is of interest to them, discuss potential projects with the mentors, and then submit their student application.
  • A Mentor Approval Form signed by the mentor, is required during the student application process.
  • Two URSA Engage Networking/Informational Workshops will be organized for connecting eligible students with potential mentors, and to help students with the application process.
  • Students can submit only one application.
  • Awardees are expected to engage with their projects for an average of 5 hours a week for the 15-week duration of the project (mid-Winter 2019 to the end of Spring 2019). 
  • If selected, your award of $750 will be transferred into your student account.

Important Steps with Links (see timeline for dates):

  • Step 1: Faculty Submit a Mentor Summary Form
  • Step 2: Students Review Faculty Mentor Summaries - NOTE: Remember to look through the entire document instead of only looking at faculty within your college! Many faculty are proposing projects that are relevant to students from many different majors/colleges! You can always do a file -> search for key words that interest you!
  • Step 3: Students RSVP for optional Informtaional/Networking Workshops here (see timeline for dates)
  • Step 4: Students email and meet with faculty of interest to discuss projects and mentorship
  • Step 5: Students fill out Student Application & attach Mentor Approval Form.**Please note that mentors can help students formulate ideas but the applications 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.