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, 2022
Program Dates: May 23-July 29, 2022

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 2022 for students at The College of Wooster, Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, and Ohio Wesleyan University.  The SURE program began in 2018. After a hiatus in 2020 and a virtual program in 2021, we are returning to a fully in-person residential experience in 2022.  It is difficult to know the full impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic will have by the summer of 2022, for example on conference housing, vaccination and testing requirements, so participation requirements and elements of the program are subject to change as required to comply with state, local and university policies at the time of the program.

The internships will typically be 10 weeks from May 23 to July 29, 2022.  Interns will be student research employees of Ohio State University and work in the labs of 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 $13.16 an hour, corresponding to about $5,000 in gross wages for 38 hours per week for 10 weeks, the typical time of the program.  The program will entail full-time research and is generally not compatible with other employment or coursework.  Housing in a shared double room will be provided by the program, with move-in on May 22, 2022, and move-out on July 30, 2022. Interns are responsible for maintaining health insurance coverage and must comply with all University regulations for conference housing.  Interns are employees of The Ohio State University during the duration of the program and subject to OSU Human Resources policies, including coverage for worker’s compensation for work-related injuries.

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 2021-22 academic year, and plans for the future.  Application materials are due to The Five Colleges of Ohio by February 15, 2022. 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.  We expect to hire up to 30 interns; successful candidates will be notified in late March.

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

Program Calendar

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Contact Information

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

Tracy Rudisill
SURE Application and Administrative Program Coordinator
Program and Budget Manager
Five Colleges of Ohio
(440) 775-5502 | rudisillt@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