Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Ongoing Faculty-Led Research Projects

Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry is pleased to announce a new resource to connect students with faculty research projects across campus. They reached out to faculty conducting research in both STEM and Humanities to compile a list of ongoing opportunities that are open to undergraduate students. This information is now on a new tab, Ongoing Faculty-Led Projects under "New Researchers".  Students will need to send emails of interest to professors. Currently, Professor Sanjeevi Krishnan (krishnan.118@osu.edu) has two projects listed. 

Dr. Bart Snapp (snapp.14@osu.edu) is interested in working with undergraduates on various projects including (but not limited to) elementary number theory, geometry, and algebra. 

Additionally, see Research Postings page for new, specific research positions that faculty are looking to fill.


Research Opportunities in Mathematics for Underrepresented Students (ROMUS)

The Department of Mathematics at the Ohio State University invites undergraduate students, primarily from traditionally underrepresented groups, to pursue research under the tutelage of experienced faculty members. Students work with a faculty member on a project of mutual interest for 8-10 weeks during the summer. In addition to the research projects, all accepted students will participate in various cohort activities. We hope to support travel, housing accommodations, and a stipend for all participating students.

The projects will be in the areas of analysis of PDEs or mathematical finance, ergodic theory and dynamical systems, computational mathematics, algebra and logic, quantum algebra, operator algebras, category theory, and topologically ordered phases of matter.

To apply, please submit a transcript, a CV/resume, a personal statement, and a letter of recommendation through this website.

Applications are due February 1 and decisions will be made in late February. All applications will be submitted through mathprograms.org at this link: https://www.mathprograms.org/db/programs/1384. For further questions, please contact romus@lists.osu.edu


Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) Summer REU Program

The Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) hosts a multi-institution REU program in the mathematical biosciences, facilitated by the MBI located on the campus of The Ohio State University. The objectives of the program are: (1) to introduce a diverse cohort of undergraduate students to the mathematical biosciences, broadly interpreted to include areas such as biostatistics, bioinformatics, and computational biology, in addition to biologically-inspired mathematical modeling; (2) to encourage students to pursue graduate study in the mathematical biosciences; and (3) to increase the number of students who enter the workforce with training in this field.

REU participants work on projects in areas such as molecular evolution, neuronal oscillatory patterning, cancer genetics, epidemics and vaccination strategies, and animal movement. Participants work individually or in pairs under the guidance of expert mentors to make specific research contributions in these areas, often leading to a peer-reviewed publication and conference presentations. The REU program incorporates various professional and research-skills development activities throughout the summer to help ensure the participants’ success in completing their summer project and to prepare them for graduate study or entering the workforce.

Learn more about the MBI REU.


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

On occasion, individual faculty attach a Research Experience For Undergraduates (REU) onto their current research. Currently there are no REU's offered in this department. However, there are many mathematics-specific REU’s available across the country supported by the National Science Foundation.


Young Mathematicians Conference (YMC)

The YMC is a annual conference for undergraduate student researchers in mathematics. Talks and poster presentations are given by the students of their results and discoveries.  They also discuss research ideas and experiences with their peers at the conference.

Students involved in REU's and similar research programs from all over the United States apply each summer to actively participate in YMC. Accepted students (typically around 70) are invited with full support to the conference.  It is held during a weekend in August at the Department of Mathematics of The Ohio State University.  See YMC for more information.


Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry (URCI)

The Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry helps students pursue research opportunities at The Ohio State University. Research can be conducted independently, as part of a team, in collaboration with faculty, here at the university or elsewhere. The URCI website includes information about getting started with research, how to find research opportunities, what's involved in presenting your work, and a variety of other information sources for undergraduates interested in making research a part of their college experience.