Summer Research Opportunities Program

The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a collaboration across the Big Ten Academic Alliance. As a land-grant institution, we are devoted to accessible education and helping those in our communities through research translation and outreach. Participants at The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) will be matched with a faculty mentor and pursue cutting edge research at one of the top institutions in the nation. From understanding best practices for growing food, pest management, animal reproduction and nutrition, environmental quality, zoonotic diseases... the research at our college touches every aspect of life.

View sample research projects for summer 2023.

The program runs for 9 weeks and anticipated dates are May 30, 2023 to July 28, 2023.


If you are aware of a faculty member, lab, or department that you would like to work with, please include that information in your application to help us match you with a mentor. If you have questions about the CFAES program, please contact Tiffany Halsell.

Unsure whether your research interests fall within the college? Read more about our academic departments here:

Past Participant Testimonials

SROP Wooster cohort 2019

Who should apply

Participation in the Summer Research Opportunities Program is extended, but not limited, to students from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations, as well as to students interested in conducting research on topics that specifically affect U.S. minority populations.

Applicants should be:

  • United States citizens, permanent residents, or those with DACA status.
  • Those with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    Note, those with a GPA of 3.6 or higher are typically considered more competitive for graduate school funding through the University.
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.


Academic Benefits

  • Participants are assigned a research advisor (Faculty Mentor) who will guide their summer research. The Faculty Mentor will be from a discipline, or is involved in research, that matches the participant's research interests.

  • Participants will attend a weekly Graduate School Prep Seminar to help students prepare for graduate school. Topics include how to apply to graduate school, developing a research poster, writing a personal statement, and more.

  • All SROP participants will have the opportunity to present their summer research project. Taking place in late July, this event typically includes SROP at Ohio State as well as other summer research programs.

  • As a summer student at Ohio State you will have access to the University Libraries. There are also specific librarians within the college who can offer one-on-one support.


Financial Benefits

  • Each student who is selected will receive a $5,000 stipend, travel expenses, a meal plan, and housing for the duration of the program.

  • Participants in the SROP are eligible for unique graduate funding, such as the Patrick S. Osmer Fellowship from the Graduate School.