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Welcome to URSA (Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts).  This site is a resource for undergradutes and faculty looking to participate in undergraduate research activities.  If you have any questions regarding these items, please contact Kevin Ahern at or 541-737-2305.

Undergraduate Researcher of the Year - It is time, once again, for OSU to name the "Undergraduate Researcher of the Year."  This award, which seeks to recognize significant efforts of students engaged in scholarly/creative work in their disciplines, will be presented to one student participant in the Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) event to be held on the new MU Plaza on May 14.  Students in each undergraduate college will be recognized, as well as an awardee for the entire campus.  Nominations for the award are due no later than April 13 and must come from faculty mentors.  Download instructions HERE.  Please direct questions to

Research Mentor of the YearThe Office of Undergraduate Research seeks nominations of OSU faculty members in all disciplines who are guiding undergraduates in projects of research and creativity for OSU's 2015 Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year. Complete nominations are due April 13 and can be downloaded HERE. For questions, contact

Transcript Notation - OSU now offers students who complete a research or creative project with an OSU professor the opportunity to get this notated on their official transcript.  The application is available HERE.  Please note that 1)  You do NOT have to wait to be a senior or graduating to apply for transcript notation.  You can do this ANYTIME during your OSU career after you complete a research or creative project; 2)  If you apply for Transcript Notation, you will not be notified you are getting it.  Instead, it will appear on your official OSU transcript about 6 weeks after the close of the term in which you apply.  The notification will NOT show on online or unofficial transcripts - only on official transcripts. 3) The application at right is good through the spring term of 2015.

Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) 2015 - The Office of Undergraduate Research is happy to announce that applications for the 2015 Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) event are now available at
This annual event at which undergraduate students in all majors at OSU present posters explaining the research/creative efforts they have performed under the guidance of OSU faculty members, will be held May 14 from 11:00 to 3:00 under the new archway (MU Plaza) between the MU and the Student Experience Center.  Participation in CUE meets one of the main requirements for students seeking to get Transcript Notation.  Please contact Kevin Ahern at for more information.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities - A common misconception among students is that there is a "list" of undergraduate research opportunities.  With rare exceptions, there is no such list, yet there are MANY opportunities for students to do undergraduate research at OSU.  Interested?  First, watch the video HERE, then contact Kevin Ahern at to get help in getting involved with an OSU professor. Another great source of information for undergrad research is the URSA listserv.  Notices of new opportunities are sent to this list as they become available.  To join the list, send a message to Kevin Ahern at the address above and request to be added.