Undergraduate Research & Thesis

Undergraduate research is "An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original, intellectual, or creative contribution to the discipline..." (Council on Undergraduate Research).

In the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, undergraduates have access to world-class faculty conducting research in a variety of fields. As a student in CEOAS, you have an opportunity to engage in scholarly pursuits by contributing your creativity, elbow grease, and enthusiasm. You can also choose to develop a research project into a Senior Thesis, and/or earn transcript notation as a Research Fellow. Research can take many forms, including field work, laboratory work, literature investigations, cultural inquiries, or a combination of these and other approaches. The underlying principle is simply that you develop your skills for independent inquiry in partnership with your faculty mentor.

Get Involved in Undergraduate Research

The one thing that is absolutely essential for engaging in undergraduate research is cultivating a relationship and a developing a project with a faculty mentor. To start this process:

Additional general information can be found at Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts (URSA), OSU's portal for information on undergraduate research.

Funding Undergraduate Research
Earn Undergraduate Research Credit (401)
Earn Undergraduate Thesis Credit (403)
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