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Undergraduate Research at Ohio State Marion

Undergraduate Research defined - "An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original, intellectual, or creative contribution to the discipline...." -The Council on Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research requires an educational collaboration between students and faculty members. Research experiences may be initiated by students who seek out faculty supervision for their projects or by faculty members who involve undergraduate students in their research teams.

Research can culminate in a written or oral presentation as a means of making the body of academic knowledge or creative exploration accessible to other investigators in the field, as well as to the general public. Ohio State's annual spring Denman Undergraduate Research Forum offers a wonderful opportunity to practice sharing your work orally and visually.

Student Research Opportunities in Marion
One of the advantages of attending Ohio State Marion is that you can work closely with professors on various research projects. All full-time tenure track faculty on the Marion campus are engaged in some sort of research or scholarship. Faculty in a variety of disciplines are often looking for research assistants and they are also open to students conducting their own research or investigations under supervision. Participation in undergraduate research benefits students educationally, professionally, and personally.

Educational benefits include:

  • Working closely with a faculty mentor
  • Learning about issues, methods, and leaders in students' chosen fields
  • Applying concepts learned in coursework to "real life" situations
  • Sharpening problem-solving skills
  • Reading primary literature

Professional benefits include:

  • Exploring and preparing for future careers
  • Developing marketable skills
  • Enhancing professional communication skills
  • Collaborating with others and working effectively as part of a team

Personal benefits include:

  • Growing as a critical, analytical, and independent thinker
  • Meeting challenges and demonstrating the ability to complete a project

  • Discovering personal interests
  • Developing internal standards of excellence

Undergraduate Research Videos - Learn More!

Biology major Travis Blanton helps conduct molecular modeling experiments to study the potential development of a small molecule therapeutic to reverse the effects of poisoning by chemical warfare agents.

Ohio State's Denman Undergraduate Research Forum is an annual event that invites more than 600 students from across the university to show off research projects "from astronomy to zoology."

Ohio State Marion student Emily Meadows worked with Professor Christopher Daddis in his research on (adolescent autonomy) adolescent decision making, more specifically, differences in how young people coordinate different facets of social knowledge.