Dates: May 11 - July 17, 2020; 1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, OH 44691

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The OARDC Research Internship Program (ORIP) will run for 10 weeks from May 11 - July 17, 2020. The aim of ORIP is to provide research experiences for recent high school graduates and undergraduates. Faculty mentors on the CFAES Wooster campus are needed. We need mentors to accommodate as many students as possible so please consider participating in this program. Without your cooperation, the ORIP would not exist. ORIP encourages faculty mentors to engage graduate students and post-docs in co-mentoring the research scholars.

Faculty mentors will need to provide a stipend of approximately $3,500.00 to the student for the 10 week program. There is the potential, however, for exceptional students to receive an award from the Office for Research and Graduate Education which will cover a percentage of their stipend.

Students will be selected on a competitive basis by the ORIP selection committee and be required to work for a minimum of 30 hours per week, but daily hours will be flexible. All research scholars will be required to attend weekly Lunch and Learn Sessions, submit a short research proposal and final research paper and present their research at a mini-symposium at the conclusion of the program. Faculty may make separate arrangements with the scholars for additional employment following or before ORIP begins.


Benefits to faculty mentors and OARDC community

  • Enhance performance of graduate students and post-docs
  • Create an intellectually stimulating research environment
  • Obtain high quality student interns
  • Increase research output

Benefits to graduate student and post-doc mentors

  • Greater research productivity
  • Supervisory experience
  • Mentoring experience
  • Strengthen resume

Benefits to the local community

  • Boost student interest in science in the area
  • Enrich performance of students from local schools
  • Strengthen OARDC engagement with community
  • Engender public support for OARDC

CFAES Wooster campus faculty who are interested in becoming a mentor should contact Alexis Didinger, (330) 462-6157, didinger.2@osu.edu.