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Student Research Advocates

 Inclusive student scholarly activity.
The Research Leaders is a peer ambassador organization within the College of Arts and Sciences. Research Leaders support the growth of undergraduate research and creative scholarly activity across diverse disciplines within CAS and throughout OSU.

Invite a Research Leader

Research Leaders are excited to visit your class, organization meeting, or other event and share tips for getting involved in research or creative activity at OSU.
student presenterstudent meeting

Meet the Research Leaders

 2023-2024 Cohort




Biology, Pre-Medical


Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Pre-Medical


Political Science


Biology, Pre-Medical


Physiology; Microbiology and Molecular Genetics


Physics; Mechanical Engineering



Research Shadowing

Explore your curiosity up close
Join a current CAS student researcher in their lab or creative space to understand their work and learn how you can become involved in OSU research.

RLs Taking Over

Follow Research Leaders Instagram "takeovers"
Get a detailed look at a day in the life of a CAS undergraduate researcher, ask questions, and get inspired.

What does it mean to be a Research LeaderThe RL experience includes both important contributions and exciting benefits.

Research Leader Duties

  • Share experiences and interests in research/creative activity in CAS
  • Present about research opportunities in courses and student organizations
  • Represent CAS Research at events
  • Provide feedback on current/proposed programming or offerings
  • Attend monthly cohort meetings throughout the year
  • Serve as a Research Leader for one academic year

Research Leader Benefits

  • Make a positive impact on OSU's current and future student researchers
  • Collaborate with a diverse team to expand support for undergraduate researchers
  • Develop skills that strengthen future professional/academic applications
  • Engage in leadership, public speaking, and teaching opportunities
  • Conduct outreach to diverse groups of peers across campus
  • Integrate more fully into CAS’s high-caliber research and artistic communities


Guide undergraduate research in new directions
  • CAS major, enrolled-full time
  • At least one semester/summer of experience with faculty-mentored research in CAS 
  • Supportive and welcoming to students from all backgrounds and identity groups
  • Willing to describe your research experience to general audiences in a clear, positive, and enthusiastic way
  • Willing to serve as a resource about how to become involved in undergraduate research or creative activity

Research Leaders 24-25

Join the next cohort.
RLs use their diverse perspectives to advance the goal of enhancing awareness, participation, and inclusion in research and creative activity throughout the College of Arts and Sciences and the OSU community. Applications for the 2024-2025 academic year will open in March 2024.

Contact us!

For program questions or application information.

Dr. Rachael Eaton CAS Program Manager for Student ResearchCAS Student ResearchLife Sciences
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