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  1. How soon will non-Honors students be able to graduate “With Research Distinction”?  
    Spring Quarter 2011. 
  1. What is the value of writing a research thesis, above and beyond giving a final presentation or performance on campus? 
    Presenting your research/project in a written document sharpens your writing skills, deepens your expertise, and ensures that your findings are available to others via the OSU Knowledge Bank.  Graduating with "Research Distinction” makes your resume stronger, which may make you more competitive for future grants, scholarships, and jobs.
  1. How can I learn more about what is involved in completing an undergraduate research thesis?
    The Undergraduate Research Office offers resources, advising, and programs to help you get started in research, find funding, and present your work as a thesis and/or poster. You can also contact peers and advisors in your discipline for advice.
  1. Can I complete my thesis requirements before my final year as an undergraduate? 
    Yes.  This is a great idea if you are applying for post-graduate positions and fellowships. 
  1. What if I can’t find a faculty member to serve as my research advisor? 
    Consult with your major advisor and keep looking.  OSU faculty are not required to serve as undergraduate research advisors and they may have too many students or other commitments to be able to help you.  The Undergraduate Research Office (URO) can help you with strategies for finding a good fit with a faculty research advisor.   Start by attending a URO Information Session or exploring the URO website for suggestions.  With perseverance, you should be able to find a faculty member who can serve as your research advisor.
  1. Can a graduate student, instructor, or off-campus researcher serve as my faculty research advisor? 
    No, not alone, but they may be able to co-advise you with a regular OSU faculty member (including clinical and research faculty).  Check with your academic unit for details.
  1. What should I do if the procedures for completing an Undergraduate Research Thesis in my discipline are not clear?
    If you are just getting started, meet with your academic advisor and ask for assistance.  If you have already started doing research (or a creative project), your faculty research advisor should also be able to help you.  As a last resort, make an appointment with staff at the Undergraduate Research Office for advice about how to find answers to your questions.
  1. If my major already requires a senior thesis, can I automatically graduate with “Research Distinction”? 
    This is not automatic, but if you meet all of the requirements in your discipline for the new Undergraduate Research Thesis you may apply to graduate with “Research Distinction.”
  1. How many hours per week should I work per credit hours of research?
    You should work out with your advisor the expection that s/he has for undergraduate students working on a project. The expectation is normally in the range of 3 to 5 hours per week per credit hours, similar to the time required for lab or studio courses.

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