2021 Virtual
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Public Health, and Statistics
at The Ohio State University
for Ohio Five College Students
(Ohio 5-OSU SURE)

Application Deadline: February 15, 2021
Program Dates: May-July 2021

The Ohio State University and the Five Colleges of Ohio, Inc., are co-sponsoring paid summer research internships in biochemistry, chemistry, mathematics, microbiology, physics, public health, and statistics in Summer 2021 for students at The College of Wooster, Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, and Ohio Wesleyan University. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty around the resumption of normal hiring and research activities, these internships will be 100% online.  Projects may include computation, programming, data analysis, statistics, modeling, or other activities that can be carried out entirely with distance methods.  There is no residential component to the program in 2021.

The internships will typically be 10 weeks from mid-May to late July, 2021.  Interns will be employed directly in the labs of Ohio State University faculty members in the departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Microbiology, and Statistics in the College of Arts & Sciences, or the divisions of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the College of Public Health.  Interns will conduct individual faculty-mentored projects that support the research priorities of the research group. Students will gain experience working in an R-1 university laboratory with senior faculty and OSU undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, an ideal introduction to the graduate school research experience. Students will conclude their internship at a capstone event, 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.

The program is open to any Ohio Five student, with a special focus on students completing their sophomore or junior years. Students may be from any major, but are expected to have completed foundational coursework in the proposed area of research. Those who initiate research programs they wish to continue as part of their major and its concluding research project may be invited to continue their research activities with OSU following the internship. The program is especially suited to students interested in a graduate studies that they may consider pursuing at OSU.

Interns will be employed on an hourly basis at $10.53 an hour, corresponding to about $4,000 in gross wages for 38 hours per week for 10 weeks, the typical time of the program.  Typical start and end dates would be May 17-July 23, but the exact duration and start and end dates are negotiable and depend upon the needs of the individual labs.  Interns must have reliable internet service and be able to attend online, synchronous meeting during working hours in the Eastern time zone (i.e., approximately 9 am to 5 pm).  The program will entail full-time research and is generally not compatible with other employment or coursework.

To apply, students should submit an application, transcript, resume, and the name of a faculty member or someone else who knows the student’s scientific ability well who will provide a reference.  The application includes questions about areas of interest, description of previous laboratory or research experience, college coursework in science and mathematics to be completed by the end of the 2019-20 academic year, and plans for the future.  Application materials are due to The Five Colleges of Ohio by February 15, 2021. Applications are submitted online, including the name and email address for a faculty member who will provide a letter of reference. Ohio Five will contact the recommender directly once the application is complete. Selection of the interns will be made by the OSU faculty research leaders. Candidates will be notified by March 15.

Applications from women and members of underrepresented groups are highly encouraged.

The Ohio 5-SURE program is supported by the Five Colleges of Ohio, Inc., the OSU Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Public Health, and the OSU Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, and Statistics.


Participating Faculty and Research Projects

Important Links

Contact Information

Sarah Stone
SURE Executive Program Director
Executive Director
Five Colleges of Ohio
(440) 775-5501 | stones@ohio5.org

Susana Velazquez
SURE Ohio 5 Administrative Coordinator
Program and Budget Manager
Five Colleges of Ohio
(440) 775-5500 | velazquezs@ohio5.org

Dr. Amy Ferketich
SURE Faculty Program Co-Director (Public Health)
College of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology
The Ohio State University
(614) 292-7326 | ferketich.1@osu.edu

Dr. Thomas J. Magliery
SURE Faculty Program Co-Director (Arts & Sciences)
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
The Ohio State University
(614) 247-8425 | magliery.1@osu.edu

Nick Rodgers
SURE On-Site Program Coordinator
Admissions Coordinator
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
The Ohio State University
(614) 292-8917 | rodgers.271@osu.edu