Ohio Five - OSU Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

Gloved hands using a pipette in a science lab

20 paid summer undergraduate STEM research internships will be offered exclusively to students of the Five Colleges of Ohio in summer 2019, thanks to an expanded collaboration between The Ohio State University and the Ohio Five.  In addition to SURE internships originally offered in chemistry and biochemistry in summer 2018, the program will now also include research opportunities in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, physics, mathematics and astronomy.  The collaboration is made possible with the joint support of The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences and its departments in chemistry and biochemistry, statistics, mathematics, physics and astronomy and the Five Colleges of Ohio.

The 10-week program, offered from May 20 to July 26, 2019, will partner Ohio Five interns with faculty members in OSU laboratories, where the interns will conduct individual projects that support the research priorities of the lab.  At OSU, students will gain experience working in an R-1 university laboratory alongside senior faculty and OSU undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, an ideal introduction to the graduate school research experience. Students will conclude their internship at a capstone event at OSU where they will present their research to OSU faculty and faculty and academic deans from their home institution, followed by a presentation at their college early in the fall semester. 

Participants in the 2018 program credit their summer experience with building their skills and confidence in developing independent research project, using advanced lab techniques, and presenting their research to peers.  “The most valuable part of this experience was having the opportunity to work on an intensive research project for 10 weeks in an R-1 university lab with all the resources Ohio State has that I would never have been able to experience at my own small university,” one student commented on a program evaluation. “I enjoyed working with a mentor and being part of a lab group/team. The presentations throughout the program and the capstone gave me an opportunity to improve my public speaking skills as well as speak coherently about an advanced science topic.”

The program is open to any STEM major at The College of Wooster, Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, or Ohio Wesleyan University with a special focus on students completing their sophomore years. 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.

Students will receive a stipend of $4,000 for the 10 weeks of full-time research and housing in a double room at OSU in its conference housing at no cost to the intern.  Students will also participate in OSU’s Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) programming from the OSU Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry.

Applications, including a cover letter, resume, transcript and faculty recommendation, are due by February 1, 2019 and may be made through the Ohio Five online portal.  Decisions will be announced on March 1. For more information, please visit https://u.osu.edu/ohio5sure/