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Do you live off-campus? Are you only taking online classes? You can still get involved in research!
These are just a few examples of different types of research you could conduct from a distance:
Critically analyze and interpret texts
Conduct a literature review
Design video games
Conduct species counts
Analyze computer-based data
Design computer models and programs
– Think about topics you are interested in and questions you
might have about these topics.
(e.g. I am interested in whales. I wonder why certain
species of whales are declining while others are growing.)
– Research online to learn more about these topics to refine
your questions or to develop more questions!
– Identify which OSU departments might have faculty
exploring issues that are of interest to you.
(e.g. there may be faculty in Biology or Fisheries and
Wildlife that do research on whales.)
SIDE NOTE: Keep in mind that you do not necessarily have
to collaborate with faculty at OSU. You can also: 1) look
for a mentor at a local institution or 2) check out
programs like REUs that you may be eligible for.
– Do a Google search for specific OSU departments that might
have potential faculty mentors.
For example, this page was found by Google searching
“OSU, faculty, biology”.
– Read through faculty profiles to see if there is anyone who is
working on projects that sound interesting to you.
– Once you find a faculty member whose work looks
interesting, send them an email!
We offer help putting this first email together during our
offered advising hours. Make sure to include days and
times you are free for an online meeting (e.g. Skype)
or phone call – this will reduce the number of emails
sent to the faculty mentor.
– Make sure you communicate in your email that you are
interested in conducting research or creative work from a
Many faculty are open to working with students remotely!
– Have a phone or virtual meeting with faculty.
Make sure you review their research once again before
this meeting. Be yourself when you talk with them and
share your passion and enthusiasm to do research.
Remember, it is okay to ask questions.