OH5-OSU Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program

The Ohio State University CBEC

The Ohio Five-Ohio State University Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program offers up to 30 paid research internship positions exclusively for Ohio Five students. The program provides Ohio Five interns opportunities to partner with OSU faculty members by participating in work that contributes to the faculty members’ research priorities.  Students will gain experience working in research labs, developing laboratory skills, networking, and understand what graduate school might be like. 

The 2024 program offers research opportunities in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Public Health, Statistics, Semiconductors/Materials Research, and Tobacco Regulatory Research.


  • The SURE program is exclusively available to currently-enrolled students at the OH5 institutions: Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and The College of Wooster, with a special focus on students completing their sophomore or junior years.  Applications from women and members of underrepresented groups, including international students, are highly encouraged.
  • Students may be from any major, but are expected to have completed foundational coursework in the proposed area of research. Those who initiate research projects they wish to continue may be invited to continue these activities with OSU following the internship.
  • The program is especially suited to students interested in a graduate degree in the sciences that they may consider pursuing at OSU.

Program Details

  • 10 Week paid internship program; May 20 - July 26, 2024
  • Work at OSU in an R-1 university laboratory: gain experience working with OSU senior faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows -- an ideal introduction to the graduate school research experience
  • Full Time Research: 38 hours per week earning approximate gross wages of $5,000 for the anticipated full 10 weeks (individual mentors may adjust the contract term based upon their research program's needs)
  • OSU campus housing is provided for the duration of the program
  • Capstone Event: At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research to OSU faculty and academic deans/faculty from their home institution


Applications to the 2024 SURE program are closed

Decisions for the 2024 program will be communicated with applicants by mid-April.

Questions? Please contact Tracy Rudisill, Director of Operations, The Five Colleges of Ohio at internships@ohio5.org.