UG Research

Through undergraduate research, you can expand on your classroom studies through in-depth, hands-on experiences that will allow you to discover how research advances our understanding of animals. In addition, you will learn about the processes of experimental design, implementation, and analysis. Your project could include everything from isolating a specific gene to developing improved methods of estrous synchronization to investigating the workings of the digestive systems.

You have the opportunity to present your research and to compete in research presentation competitions, including (click on a name for more information):

Other presentation opportunities include industry professional meetings, such as

  • American Dairy Science Association CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum
  • American Society of Animal Sciences
  • American Meat Science Association
  • Equine Science Society
  • Poultry Science Association
  • Tri-State Dairy Conference

In addition to presenting, and possibly publishing your work, you can now graduate with Research Distinction as a non-honors program student. To graduate with Research Distinction, you must submit a research plan for approval.  To learn more, visit the requirements for Research Distinction.

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Research positions are available for undergraduate students who are interested in research in the Department of Animal Sciences. Applicants must commit to full-time research over a 10 week period during summer 2018 and participate in the CFAES and University Denman undergraduate research forums spring semester 2019. Each position is awarded $3500. The award is distributed in two parts: $3000 is disbursed at the beginning of the summer of research and the remaining $500 is disbursed upon submission of an abstract to the CFAES undergraduate research forum. Research positions are located in Columbus and at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio. Detailed position descriptions follow.   

The application deadline for Animal Sciences Undergraduate Research Experiences is COMING SOON.


Minimum requirements for application to these positions include: 

  • OSU undergraduate student in an animal sciences related discipline
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • Anticipated graduation date of spring 2019 or later

Application Components

To apply you will need: 

  1. Application form *COMING SOON* (link to pdf application form...may take a few moments to load. Open document with Adobe for fillable format. Depending on your broswer, you may need to click "Open with Different Viewer" in the top right-hand corner for fillable form format.)
  2. Personal statement, submitted as part of the application form, discussing your academic intentions, career goals, interest in research, and why the positions chosen interest you.  
  3. Resume
  4. Your most recent advising report, including autumn term grade postings (link to

Additional details and position descriptions.