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Program Components

  • In late October (2020), we will post a directory of faculty members who are willing (and excited!) to serve as undergraduate research mentors in the URSA Engage Program.
  • Eligible students will review the faculty mentor summaries in the directory and reach out to faculty members whose research is of interest to them. Students should tell the potential mentor that they are interested in applying for the URSA Engage Program and are looking for a faculty mentor.
  • If the faculty mentor is interested in working with the eligible student, the student and faculty mentor will discuss potential projects and the student will apply to the URSA Engage Program under their mentorship.
  • If the faculty mentor is not able to work with the eligible student, the student can reach out to a different mentor in the catalog. We offer URSA Engage coaching during drop-in undergraduate research advising hours if you would like help reaching out to a new mentor.
  • 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 2021 to the end of Spring 2021). 
  • If selected, an award of $750 will be transferred into the student’s OSU account as two installments (one during winter term and one during spring term - see Program Compensation).
  • 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 students in their first or second year at OSU, and transfer students in their first year at OSU, are eligible to apply.
  • Only students seeking their first undergraduate degree are eligible.
  • Students can submit only one application.
  • Students can apply for the program once per year that they are eligible 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 in OSU Pathways Programs: You will be eligible for the URSA Engage Program after you progress into an OSU degree! If you want to learn more about this program and get advice on how to apply after you do progress, please visit our virtual undergraduate research advising hours every Monday and Tuesday from 1-3pm via Zoom. Fill out this brief form to instantly receive the Zoom link and passcode to join.
  • Students in this program receive an award of $750. If selected, the $750 will be transferred into the student’s OSU account as two installments (one during winter term and one during spring term).
  • It is possible that this award could affect a student's financial aid package for the year if the total amount of aid a student receives for the year exceeds their cost of attendance or their need. If you are concerned that your financial aid may be impacted, please contact a Financial Aid Advisor using this contact information and ask this question: "I am receiving a stipend for participating in an undergraduate research program. How will this stipend affect my financial aid package?"
  • The student will meet with their mentor at least once a week, or 2-3 times a quarter if a graduate student or postdoc is available to meet with them at least once a week.

  • The student will present their work at either CUE (Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence) in May 2021 or at SURS (Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium) in September 2021.

  • The student will submit a 1-2 page written report which includes details of engagement in the research/creative activity, and the impacts of the mentoring relationship on your undergraduate experience. We’d like for you to touch on the details of what you did (e.g. why you did your project, what you did, what you found, why it matters) and the impacts of the mentoring relationship on your undergraduate experience (how did you benefit from having research mentors? Did they influence your academic or career decisions? Did they help you in some other way?). Reports are due on December 4th, 2021.

  • The student will attend a professional development workshop offered through our office, called "Getting the Most from Undergraduate Research." Please RSVP here.

  • Visit undergraduate research advising hours at least once during your participation in the program (every Monday or Tuesday from 1-3pm). Fill out this brief form to instantly receive the Zoom link and passcode to join.

  • Students who complete the URSA Engage Program are eligible to receive a special notation on their transcript that indicates they are a "Research Fellow" or an "Arts Fellow". This process is called Transcript Notation. If you want to receive this honor, please follow the instructions here to apply.
  • Note - Students in the Honors College and those majoring in BioResource Research automatically receive this honor and do not need to apply.

Click here for more information about the URSA Engage Program and for important links to apply!