Undergraduate Research Opportunities

CoRIS faculty are committed to involving undergraduates in research. 

Is participating in research right for you?

Research can be a rewarding addition to your academic studies, both to put the skills you're learning into practice and to motivate learning new skills. However, it does require both a time commitment (6-8 hours a week is typical) and a mental commitment. A lot of research consists of trying things that don't work (or doesn't work as expected), thinking of a different approach, then trying again. 

How to get started:

Start by looking at faculty lab pages and seeing what research might interest you. Read at least the introductions of a few research papers to get a sense of what kind of problems the research is addressing. 

Questions you should be prepared to answer when reaching out to faculty:
  • What interests you about that research area?
  • What skills do you want to learn?
  • What skills do you bring to the problem? How could you contribute?
  • What time commitment can you make?
For high school students:

Consider the Saturday Academy's ASE internships. For first and second years: Many of our students begin with the URSA Engage program. We also encourage Honors College students to get involved with research as early as possible.

OSU hosts several National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) centers. These are 10 week, paid summer internships that are open to all US citizens.