Summer Research Opportunities Program

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on our campus, our SROP program for summer 2021 will be limited to Ohio State students or those located in the Columbus, OH area. The 2021 program dates are 6/1/2021-7/30/2021.

The Summer Research Opportunities Program at the Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences allows undergraduate students to pursue cutting edge research at one of the top insitutions in the nation. From understanding best practices for growing food, pest management, animal reproduction and nutrition, environemtnal quality, zoonotic diseases... the research at our college touches every aspect of life. Further, as a land-grant institution, we are devoted to accessible education and helping those in our communities through research translation and outreach. Unsure whether your research fits within the college? Read more about our academic departments here:

The 2021 application will be open until Monday, March 22. 
Letters of recommendation must be submitted by March 31, 2021.


If you are aware of a faculty member (or lab) that you would like to work with, please include that information in your application to help us match you with a mentor. After you complete your application, a link will be sent to your two letter writers with further information on how to submit their leters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be submitted by March 31, 2021. If you have questions about the CFAES program, please contact Pamela Thomas (

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:

  • Ohio State undergraduate students or located in the Columbus, OH area (due to travel restrictions in place for 2021)
  • United States citizens, permanent residents, or those with DACA status.
  • Rising seniors or juniors who will not graduate before December 2022
  • Those with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 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.


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 an academic award of $3,000 for the duration of the summer program.

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