The Research for Undergraduates Network (RUN) is a community of undergraduate research mentors (faculty, graduate students, & post-docs) and those who facilitate undergraduate research programs at OSU who collaborate and share promising practices. Many of us do this work in silos across the university. Instead, let’s come together and make all of our efforts stronger!


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Ongoing Support

  • Monday morning coffee talks! Join us every Monday from 9-10 AM for informal conversations about promising practices in undergraduate research mentoring and how to most effectively run undergraduate research programs. We regularly invite guest speakers to join us and provide expertise in areas including graduate recruitment, Ecampus learning, student health, and undergraduate researcher liability. Email us at [email protected] to join via Zoom! 
  • Click here to download our Sample Undergraduate Research Mentoring Agreement. Make it your own!
  • Check out this live document with excellent ideas for engaging undergraduates in research remotely!
  • Consider nominating someone for one of our new campus-wide awards for excellence in undergraduate research mentoring. More info here!

Fall 2020

Engaging Undergraduates in Research - offered via Zoom


Those who attend this session will gain valuable insight into best practices for engaging in research with undergraduates, learn how to use OSU’s sample mentoring agreement, and explore sources of financial support for students engaged in research during the 2020-21 school year. This offering is co-sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP).

October 7th, 12:00-1:00 pm, RSVP above for Zoom link

  • Pre-workshop session Oct 7th, 11:30-12:00 for folks wanting to learn more about mentorship opportunities in the STEM Leaders Program
  • Post-workshop session Oct 7th, 1:00-1:30 for folks wanting to learn more about mentorship opportunities in the URSA Engage Program

"Thanks for organizing such a powerful workshop – really enjoyed it!" - Kyriakos Stylianou, Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Winter 2021

“Lunch & Learn” Series - offered via Zoom


These informal lunch-time sessions will allow us to dig deeper into pressing issues related to undergraduate research at OSU. This series is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Institutional Diversity.

  • Streamlining undergraduate research experiences using Canvas 
  • Balancing advocacy and empowerment: Culturally competent mentorship
    • January 28th, 12-1:00 pm - RSVP above for Zoom link
  • Strategies for remote mentoring: Learning from other faculty 
    • TBA
  • Liability for undergraduate researchers
    • TBA

Spring 2021

Graduate-level Course: Methods in Undergraduate Mentoring

Students in this course will identify current challenges that students face when accessing and succeeding in undergraduate research experiences, develop an undergraduate research mentoring agreement, cultivate skills and tools for being an effective and empathetic mentor, and learn how to leverage mentoring experience when applying for jobs. This course was offered for the first time in Spring 2020 with 19 students enrolled across five academic colleges. Stay tuned for registration info!