About the Program
The summer OARDC Research Internship Program (ORIP) is targeted to provide research experiences for high school students and undergraduates. Students must be 18 years of age by May 1st to participate. The goal of this exclusively faculty-driven program is to substantially expand research opportunities to area students and to significantly enhance their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by inculcating critical thinking skills through rigorous laboratory and field-based research experiences, seminars, group discussions and symposia.
There are over 70 scientists at the OARDC engaged in various projects which range from applied field-based research to fundamental investigations in biofuels, molecular and cell biology and engineering. OARDC scientists lead international genome sequencing projects, collaborate with NASA scientists, develop new technologies, and publish their findings in world’s most prestigious journals including Science and Nature. Scores of graduate students and post-docs work in various laboratories contributing to the various facets of agbiosciences. The program opens the doors of the state-of-the-art laboratories at OARDC to young students in the community to explore various scientific careers options.
All selected students will receive stipends and certificates indicating their participation in the ORIP program as AgBioscience Summer Scholars. The students will also build a network of peers and scientists and experience that will set them apart from others for college applications and future career opportunities.
Dr. Daral J. Jackwood, ORIP Director
OARDC, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH 44691