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The Ohio State University serves Ohio and the nation as a Research I university. Researchers at OSU are leaders in a variety of fields that touch our daily lives and shape our future. Undergraduates at OSU are a part of OSU's exciting community of discovery, creativity, and innovation.

Participation in undergraduate research benefits students educationally, professionally, and personally.

Educational benefits include:

  • Working closely with a faculty mentor
  • Learning about issues, methods, and leaders in students' chosen fields
  • Applying concepts learned in coursework to "real life" situations
  • Sharpening problem-solving skills
  • Learn to read primary literature

Professional benefits include:

  • Exploring and preparing for future careers
  • Developing marketable skills
  • Enhancing professional communication skills
  • Collaborating with others and working effectively as part of a team

Personal benefits include:

  • Growing as a critical, analytical, and independent thinker
  • Meeting challenges and demonstrating the ability to complete a project
  • Discovering personal interests
  • Developing internal standards of excellence

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