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Undergraduate Research

The College of Human Sciences (CoHS) and Oklahoma State understand that students who graduate with research experience have taken full advantage of all that a comprehensive research university has to offer. Research is an essential component of each department within the College Human Sciences. Students have the opportunity to work side-by-side with a professor or faculty member in their chosen area of study. Among experiential learning opportunities offered in the College of Human Sciences, undergraduate research adds richness and depth to the student’s academic experience. Research experience is invaluable in helping students choose a career path, improve their likelihood of success in the workforce and decide on graduate school.

The Freshman Research Scholars Program, funded by the Robberson Trust, grants sixty scholarships to incoming freshman in any discipline to extend their education beyond the classroom by engaging in cutting-edge research under the guidance of innovative faculty researchers.  Students who participate in FRS have a history of success in OSU's other undergraduate research programs.

The Wentz Research Program, funded by the Lew Wentz Foundation, awards fifty $4,500 grants to OSU's most accomplished undergraduates of all majors to conduct projects of their own design with the help of an experienced faculty mentor.  Students who distinguish themselves with Wentz Research projects, have been successful in many prestigious scholarship competitions—including, Rhodes, Gates, Marshall, Goldwater, Udall, and others.

Students in laboratory sciences can apply for the Niblack Research Scholars Program which provides $8,000 grants to students who have completed at least 28 credit hours. Many individual departments also offer undergraduate research opportunities.

OSU also aids students interested in participating in any of the National Science Foundation's diverse Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), which supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the NSF.

 

Previous Undergraduate Research Projects