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About the Undergraduate Research Office


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Established in January 2006, the Undergraduate Research Office helps students pursue research opportunities at The Ohio State University, a top public research institution. Research can be conducted independently, as part of a team, in collaboration with faculty, here at the university or elsewhere. The URO staff also serves as a resource for advisors, technical staff, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and others who are part of the rich research environment at Ohio State. The URO Annual Report contains more detailed information about the office and its efforts: download the 2014 Annual Report here.

The Office maintains this website including information about getting started with research, how to find research opportunities, what's involved in presenting your work, and a variety of other information sources for undergraduates interested in making research a part of their college experience. The URO is assisted by two committees: a Faculty Advisory Committee, and a Student Advisory Committee.

We highly recommend that students begin to explore undergraduate research opportunities early in their academic careers. This website and our office are here to help in the journey!

Donate to the Office

The OSU Undergraduate Research Office accepts donations to support student research grants and fellowships. To donate, click here for Fund 312045, The Office of Undergraduate Research Discretionary Fund.

Who We Are

Director: Dr. Lorraine Silver Wallace is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine—College of Medicine. She also holds adjunct appointments in the Colleges of Public Health and Education and Human Ecology. In addition to directing the Undergraduate Research Office, she teaches courses, supervises undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, conducts research, and obtains research grants. She was a Fulbright Scholar in the Republic of Moldova in 2009-2010. She received her BS from Rutgers University, her MS from Ball State University, and her PhD from The Ohio State University.
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Associate Director: Helene Cweren
Helene holds a BS in Anthropology from Brandeis University, an MA in Sociology from University of California - San Diego, and a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University. Helene is involved in all aspects of the URO, and is responsible for outreach and communication as well as for student programming and advising.  She often represents the URO on and off campus.

Program Coordinator: Jackie Lipphardt
Jackie joined the URO in January 2013. Jackie supports the URO's programs, creates marketing materials for the URO, represents the URO around campus, and coordinates the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. Jackie received her BS in Anthropology from Ohio State, and was a 2012 Fulbright Student Grantee to Hungary.

Program Assistant: Amanda Perrin
Amanda joined the URO in January 2014 after graduating from Ohio State with a BS in Human Ecology. She supports the URO’s programs and events, represents the office around campus, coordinates SURI, and supervises the student assistants. Amanda participated in undergraduate research in the Movement Analysis and Performance Lab in Martha Morehouse.

URO Student Assistants

The URO also has undergraduate students working in our office. These students help with our programs, and also help advise student walk-ins.

Paige Trojanowski
Liz Winter
Bobby Burkhart
Ryan Yoder
Andrea Rague
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Molecular Genetics
Research Area:
Neuroimmunology & Aging
Cognitive Development
Bee Foraging Habits
Human Behavior-Coparenting
Natural Products/Medicinal Chemistry


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