June 1 - August 7, 2015; OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, OH 44691

The OARDC campus of the Ohio State University in Wooster will provide summer research internship opportunities for motivated incoming junior and senior high school students and undergraduate students at all levels.  The OARDC Research Internships Program (ORIP) is tailored specifically to enhance student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines by inculcating critical thinking skills through rigorous laboratory and field research experiences, seminars, group discussions and symposia.  ORIP will increase student performance in school/college and competitiveness for scholarships, awards, and admissions to undergraduate/graduate schools.  ORIP will run for 10 weeks from June 1 to August 7, 2015.  The selected research scholars will be required to work for a minimum of 30 hours per week, but daily hours will be flexible.  A stipend of $2,400 - $3,000 will be provided for the entire 10-week period depending upon the grade level and experience.  Students may also make separate arrangements with their potential faculty mentors for additional employment.  Applicants are encouraged to browse through the OARDC website ( to determine a potential faculty mentor.  The program is targeted for local students who have their own transport, although non-local students may apply if they can make their own accommodation and transport arrangements.  Minority and needy students will be given special preference if they request for such consideration.

ORIP is funded through an equal cost share between the OARDC and the scholar’s faculty mentor.  Research training areas include the biological, physical, computer, and social sciences and engineering and technology.  Each research scholar will be mentored by an individual faculty member, a faculty member and post-doctoral fellow team, or a faculty member and a graduate student team.  All Wooster-based OARDC faculty members are eligible to mentor the research scholars.  All research scholars will be required to attend a mandatory weekly Lunch and Learn Session (free lunch with a planned seminar, group discussion, or social event).  ORIP will conclude with a mini-symposium at which research scholars will present their research and share their experiences.  Entire OARDC community, local community leaders, school teachers, and parents will be invited to the mini-symposium.  Research scholars will be required to submit a 2-3 page research paper and a one page summary describing their experiences one week before the symposium.  All scholars successfully completing the program will receive certificates and one or more scholars will also receive the Best Team Research Award.

Interested students must submit a formal application by March 6 to receive full consideration.  The students must clearly describe the reasons for seeking the internship and their short-term and long-term goals in the application.  This information will be used for evaluating the applicants and for finding suitable faculty mentors. Applicants will be notified of their admission decision by the end of April.


Dr. Daral J. Jackwood, ORIP Director
OARDC, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH 44691

Phone: 330-263-3964