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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Research Internship Program

ORIP on the CFAES Wooster Campus 

ORIP applications have closed for summer 2024. Please check back in the winter for details on ORIP 2025.

About the Program

ORIP Student in Bug Zoo holding an insectThe 2024 OSU Research Internship Program (ORIP) on the Wooster campus is accepting student and faculty mentor applications. The program is managed centrally through the CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education, and coordinated by Faculty Advisor, Michelle Jones, Professor (HCS). This year’s program will run from May 13 to July 19, 2024.

The OSU Research Internship Program on the CFAES Wooster Campus (ORIP), is a competitive internship opportunity for graduating high school seniors and current underclassmen at college or university. Participants must be over the age of 18 by May 1, 2024 to apply. The goal of this program is to expand research opportunities for local students and to enhance their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). An ORIP internship will introduce participants to a variety of scientific areas of study through laboratory and field-based research experiences, weekly lunch and learn sessions, and a final symposium. 

There are over 100 scientists on the CFAES Wooster Campus engaged in various projects which range from applied, field-based research to fundamental investigations in biofuels, molecular and cell biology and engineering. CFAES scientists lead international genome sequencing projects, collaborate with NASA scientists, develop new technologies, and publish their findings in the world’s most prestigious journals. ORIP opens the doors of the state-of-the-art laboratories at CFAES Wooster to students in our community to explore various scientific career opportunities.

Selected students will receive stipends and certificates indicating their participation in the program. Student participants will build a network of peers, scientists, and experiences that will set them apart from others for college applications and future career opportunities. Interns will be expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week for each of the 10 weeks of the program in the lab of their faculty mentor. 

Students are encouraged to explore the websites of the departments and faculty labs on the CFAES Wooster Campus that are doing research in their areas of interest and contact the lab directly before applying to the program. Please note that only CFAES Wooster-based faculty members are eligible to be faculty mentors, so double check that the researcher is located in Wooster before reaching out. On the application there will be an opportunity to indicate whether you have already communicated with a faculty member about ORIP, though this is not a requirement to apply for the program. If a student is chosen for ORIP and they have not reached out to a potential faculty mentor, they will be matched with an available faculty mentor based on the student’s experience and interests.

CFAES Wooster Departments

Animal Sciences
Center for Food Animal Health
Environment & Natural Resources
Food, Agricultural, & Biological Engineering
Horticulture & Crop Science
Plant Pathology

ORIP offers a multitude of benefits to both student and faculty participants. Learn more about the advantages of ORIP participation via our ORIP students and ORIP faculty pages, linked below. 

ORIP applications have closed for summer 2024. Please check back in the winter for details on ORIP 2025.

Program Contact

Alexis Didinger
208 Research Services, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH 44691
Phone: (330) 462-6157