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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Research with Faculty

Undergraduate students can earn upper-division credit for participation in research projects in the laboratories of individual faculty members. For this purpose, you need to obtain approval to enroll for BOT 401 (Undergraduate Research) credit. Arrangements for 401 credit must be made with individual faculty members prior to registration. Two to three hours of effort per week usually translates into one research credit (either graded or non-graded).

Several members of the faculty of the Department of Botany & Plant Pathology are stationed off-campus at agricultural research centers around the State, and the Department also includes a number of courtesy faculty who work for government agencies (USDA, ODA, EPA) and are stationed at laboratories in Corvallis. In these cases, opportunities are available to obtain either research credit (BOT 401) or internship credit (BOT 410 credit). Internship credit is given for participation in various types of supervised work activities that contribute to professional training. As in the case of research credit, arrangements of BOT 410 credit must be made prior to registration. For further information about internship programs, including opportunities other than those indicated here, contact Dr. Richard Halse (737-5297, halser@science.oregonstate.edu, Cordley 1042).

See our full list of faculty with brief descriptions of their research areas and contact information. If you are interested in a research experience, you are encouraged to contact the particular faculty members working in your area of interest.

Summer Scholarship Opportunities

Available, through application in March each year, is The Ernest and Pauline Jaworski Fund for Summer Research Experiences for Underserved Undergraduates in Plant Science.

The OSU HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) Summer Undergraduate Research Program for research in the biological sciences provides scholarships available by application due in March each year.[Note: this program is not currently accepting applications]

Additional Opportunities

CONNEX - connecting undergraduates to OSU research opportunities

CONNEX promotes research to enhance undergraduate education by assisting students in finding research opportunities at OSU.

Opportunities for undergraduate research experiences are also available in other venues. The National Science Foundation sponsors a number of summer training programs through the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program. These programs are available at a number of universities across the nation, and financial support in the form of tuition and stipends may be provided. For further information on the opportunities available check the NSF program page.

See also: OSU Research Resources, Undergraduate Student Research Opportunities