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Advocacy and Inclusion

 Grow and diversify student scholarly activity.
The Research Leaders is a peer ambassador organization within the College of Arts and Sciences. Research Leaders are advocates for the growth of undergraduate scholarship across diverse scholarly disciplines within CAS and throughout OSU.

Meet the Research Leaders

 2022-2023 Cohort




Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


Zoology, Biology, Microbiology






Physiology, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics




Zoology, Pre-Vet




Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; Pre-Med


Psychology, Pre-Med

2022-2023 Focus Areas

student presenter

Partnership and Community

  • Build community with OSU student organizations to spread the word about research involvement.
  • Visit OSU classrooms to advise students about embarking on a research path
Invite RLs to your next class or org meeting!

Promotion and Advocacy

  • Share resources and spread the word about opportunities for student researchers
  • Demystify the student researcher experience through web and social media connections
Follow RLs on CAS Research social!

Outreach and Inclusion

  • Develop resources and programs to encourage research participation
  • Welcome all students to explore research and creative scholarly activity
Student Research FAQs

What does it mean to be a Research Leader

RL Duties

  • Sharing experiences and interests in research/creative activity in CAS
  • Present about research opportunities in courses and student organizations
  • Represent CAS Research at events, i.e. CAS Research Browse and OSU Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • Provide feedback on current/proposed programming or offerings
  • Attend 1-3 team development meetings throughout the year
  • Serve as a Research Leader for one academic year

RL 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

Research Leader Eligibility

Guide undergraduate research in new directions
  • Enrolled full-time in a CAS major (not on academic/disciplinary probation)
  • Have at least one semester/summer of experience with faculty-mentored research or creative activity in CAS 
  • Supportive and welcoming to fellow Leaders, as well as 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

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.

Research Shadowing

Explore possibilities up close alongside a Research Leader
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.

Research Leaders 23-24

Join the next RL cohort.
Each Research Leaders cohort is unique. RLs use their diverse perspectives to advance the RL goal of enhancing awareness, participation, and inclusion in research and creative activity throughout the College of Arts and Sciences. Apply to join next year's RLs team. Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year are accepted until May 19, 2023.

Contact us!

For program questions or application information.

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


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