Research with Faculty

Undergraduate students can ear 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 credit must be made with individual faculty members prior to registration. Two to three hours of effort per week usually translates to one research credit (either granded or non-graded).

Several members of the faculty of the Department are stationed off-campus at agricultural research centers around the state, And the Department also includes many courtesy faculty that work for government agencies (e.g. USDA, ODA, EPA) and are stationed at laboratories in Corvallis. In these cases, research (BOT 401) or internship credit (BOT 410) may be obtained. Internship credit is given for participation in various types of supervised work activities that contribute to professional training. Arrangements must be made prior to registration. For further information about internship programs, including opportunities other than those indicated here, contact Dr. Melanie Link-Perez (737-5297,, Cordley 1042).

See our list of faculty with descriptions of their research and contact information. You are encouraged to contact faculty members working in your area of interest.

Summer Scholarship Opportunities

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

Additional Opportunities

Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and the Arts (URSA)

CONNEX - connecting undergraduates to OSU research opportunities. Students in BI 212 or who have completed BI 212 and performed well can ask Dr. Jeff Chang (or other facilitators) about this program.

Additional opportunities also exist in other venues. The National Science Foundation sponsors a number of summer training programs. These programs are available at a number os universities across the nation, and financial support in the form of tuition and stipends may be provided. For further information check the NSF program page.