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As a major research institution and one of the largest universities in the nation, Ohio State has many excellent opportunities for its undergraduate researchers. On this page, we have listed many of the excellent opportunities for undergraduate students to work with Ohio State faculty and students from OSU and elsewhere.

The funding sources below are arranged in alphabetical order. These funds are generally recurring: current deadlines are listed in red, while past deadlines are listed in black. Past deadlines will be updated as new information becomes available; they remain on the website so that students can be aware of sources that may become available again.

Programs Sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Office

Undergraduate Research Office Summer Research Fellowships
Get paid to conduct 10 weeks of full-time, independent research in any discipline with an OSU faculty member.
Deadline: February 16, 2015 at noon
Contact: Helene Cweren

Holbrook Research Abroad Fellowships
Get paid to conduct independent summer research in any discipline in a foreign country.
February 16, 2015
at noon
Contact: Grace Johnson or Helene Cweren

Summer Honors Research Scholarships
Research Scholarships give sophomores and juniors the opportunity to enhance the quality of their senior Honors Research Projects.
February 16, 2015
at noon
Contact: Anne Krabacher

The Mayers Summer Research Scholarships in the Natural & Mathematical Sciences
Summer Research Scholarships give students majoring in the natural and mathematical sciences the opportunity to enhance significantly the quality of their senior thesis Research Projects.
February 16, 2015
at noon
Contact: Caroline Breitenberger

Additional Programs at Ohio State

American Heart Association/OSU Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
For students with a research project relating to cardiovascular/stroke research.
Deadline: Not offered for summer 2014
Contact: Debra Wheeler, 614-247-2409 (12pm-1pm ONLY)

College of Pharmacy Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Fellowships are available for undergraduate students who would like to do research work in any of the pharmaceutical sciences.
Deadline: March 1, 2014

Department of Animal Sciences Summer Research Positions
Paid 10-week positions are available at OSU Columbus campus and at the OARDC in Wooster.
Deadline: January 31, 2015

Dr. Rudy Melfi Research Fellowship in Dentistry
Student must be available full-time during the summer. Five successful candidates (“Fellows”) will be assigned to a research mentor for their summer fellowship.         
Deadline: March 15 of the year of intended participation    
Contact: Dr. William Johnston, Director of Student Research

Mathematical Biosciences Institute Undergraduate Summer Research Program
This program will introduce students to exciting new areas of mathematical biology, involve them in collaborative research with their peers and faculty mentors, and increase their interest in mathematical biology. Program will take place at OSU or one of seven partner universities.
Deadline: January 27, 2014

NSF REU: Center for Emergent Materials
The NSF-funded CEM Research Experience for Undergraduates program is open for students majoring in physics, materials science, chemistry, or electrical/computer engineering.
Deadline: February 15, 2015

NSF REU: Center for iDEAS
The NSF-funded research experiences for undergraduates program within the Center for iDEAS focuses on important research questions in broadening participating of ethnic minorities, men of color, and other vulnerable populations in sciences, technology, engineering and math fields, as well as underserved areas and minority-serving institutions.
Deadline: Applications are being accepted until all positions are filled.

NSF REU: Molecular Genetics & Biochemistry
Deadline: February 15, 2015

Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) Internship Program
For those interested in conducting 10 weeks of research with faculty at the Wooster facility in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Deadline: March 6, 2015
Contact: Dr. Daral J. Jackwood

School of Earth Sciences Shell Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)
This program is designed to promote student interest in the Earth sciences, research, and energy industries.
Deadline: February 28, 2014
SURE Poster Session:
July 24, 2014 from 1-4pm

Stone Laboratory Scholarships and REU (Biological Sciences)
Fund summer classes and student research at the Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island in biological sciences related to limnology, herpetology, fisheries as well as other related disciplines.
Deadline: February 20, 2015

Summer Internships in Biomedical Informatics
The Department of Biomedical Informatics is currently seeking interested undergraduate students to participate in summer internships. In this program, students are exposed to clinical and translational informatics research and work hands-on with department faculty. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in the informatics research domain, especially if a student wishes to pursue a graduate degree in biomedical informatics (it is also a great experience if a student wishes to pursue a degree in CSE, ECE, statistics, biostatistics, or medicine). These internships have the opportunity of being paid or unpaid, depending on individual experience and interest. The internships have the potential to turn into a regular student assistant position through the school year, based on performance and faculty need. If you are interested, please fill out the survey found at this link: https://redcap.bmi.osumc.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=KRXkvL. Details about the sorts of projects students might work on with interested faculty members can be found here
Deadline: March 31, 2014

Summer Research Internships in Cancer Control and Prevention
From OSU’s Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. Paid internship and expected participation of 40 hrs/week, June 18 - August 17. Please contact Toyin for more information.
Deadline: February 7, 2014
Contact: Toyin Sokari

Summer Research Internships in Plant Pathology
Designed to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research in the fields of plant science, plant pathology, and molecular biology.
March 3, 2014

Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Astrophysics
This Program offers full-time, paid summer research positions in astrophysics with a faculty member of the Department of Astronomy and/or Physics. Participants must be enrolled in astronomy 4194 (3 credits) for the May 2014 session.
Deadline: February 14, 2014

Summer Internship at the Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science
The Ohio State University Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science invites applications for the Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program. The 12-week program takes place throughout the summer in Columbus, OH. The intent of this program is to offer undergraduate students experience in regulatory tobacco science research. Interns will be matched with a mentor and participate in OSU-CERTS projects. A stipend will be provided to interns who work the required 38 hours per week.  Up to four internships will be awarded.
Deadline: February 7, 2014

Training Program in Mathematical Biology
The aim of this program is to provide training for potential researchers in interdisciplinary research at the interface of mathematics and biology via training in computation, mathematics and critical thinking.
Deadline: November 15, 2014

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