SURE Science:  Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Science

A competitive scholarship for undergraduates who wish to engage in a summer research experience.

Deadline:  March 15, 2015

How will you spend your summer? Working an odd job at home…..or conducting invasive species research on lionfish in the Caribbean? The College of Science’s SURE Science program offers scholarships for undergraduate students seeking a stimulating summer research experience to complement their academic experience. Take advantage of hundreds of summer research opportunities to work alongside faculty for an engaging, hands-on learning experience. 

Make a difference this summer by applying what you’ve learned in the classroom. You can gain valuable insight into the creation of knowledge and develop a mentoring relationship with a professor. By actively participating in research, you can get the experience you need to prepare for medical or graduate school or to enhance your resume and qualifications.  Last year students worked alongside faculty in areas such as: 

  • Biosensor research developing a portable, at-home kidney test
  • Biophysics manipulating highly focused laser beams using holographic optical tweezers to move microscopic objects
  • Marine studies exploring dead zones in coastal marine waters to understand their impacts on ecosystems and people

Thanks to the generous philanthropic support of the College of Science friends, alumni and community through the Undergraduate Research Frontiers Fund, the SURE Science program offers students the opportunity to foster meaningful, scholarly connections early in their academic careers.  

Click here for more information or to download the application.  

College of Science scholarships 

All currently enrolled undergraduate students in the College of Science are eligible to apply for college and departmental scholarships.

Deadline:  February 15, 2015

The College of Science awards scholarships to more than 250 currently enrolled students each year. Scholarships are awarded each spring and effective for the next academic year. Awards are given based on available funds and amounts vary from year to year. Click here for descriptions of scholarships and award criteria.

Note that only one application is needed; the system will determine which criteria you meet and automatically submit you to relevant scholarships.

Criteria/general guidelines
  • Most scholarships require a cumulative OSU GPA and last-two-term GPA of 3.5 or better and completion of 28 credits of OSU coursework by the end of Winter term.  (Dual enrollment does not count towards the 28 OSU credits).
  • Students must have a declared undergraduate major in the College of Science for the entire time that the scholarship applies. Post-baccalaureate students and students who will be in the Pharm.D. program are not eligible.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time (minimum 12 credits/term) in the College of Science at OSU during the entire 2014-15 academic year. Dual-enrolled students with an OSU degree partner must be registered for 6 credits each term at OSU. The scholarship is paid out in 3 equal payments across fall, winter, and spring terms and will not be awarded for terms below the required credits or if you are not enrolled at OSU.
  • Students will be notified about their award status via their ONID email account on or about May 1.
  • Students will be required to submit a thank you letter to the donor before the award is paid out.

If you have questions or need help, please call 541-737-4811 or e-mail