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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Research Internship Program

ORIP on the CFAES Wooster Campus 

Applications are closed for the 2022 program. Please check back next spring for 2023 program details. 

About the Program

OARDC Research Internship Program Student and MentorThe 2022 OSU Research Internship Program (ORIP) on the Wooster campus is currently 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 9 to July 15, 2022.

The summer OSU Wooster Campus Research Internship Program (ORIP), is targeted to provide research experiences for high school students and undergraduates. Students must be 18 years of age by May 1st to participate. The goal of this program is to expand research opportunities to area students and to enhance their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by fostering critical thinking skills through laboratory and field-based research experiences, seminars, group discussions and symposia. 

There are over 70 scientists on the Ohio State 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 world’s most prestigious journals including Science and Nature. The program opens the doors of the state-of-the-art laboratories at CFAES Wooster to young students in the community to explore various scientific career options.

All selected students will receive stipends and certificates indicating their participation in the ORIP. The students will also build a network of peers and scientists and experience that will set them apart from others for college applications and future career opportunities. Students will be expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week for each of the 10 weeks in the program in the lab of their faculty mentor. 

Students are encouraged to browse the departments and faculty labs on the CFAES Wooster Campus and contact the lab directly before applying to the program. There will be space to indicate if you have already spoken to a faculty member on the application, though this is not a requirement to apply for the program. Should a student choose not to connect with a faculty mentor on their own but their application is chosen, 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, & Environmental Engineering
Horticulture & Crop Science
Plant Pathology


Program Contact

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