Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research opportunities are available and encouraged for those CSE/CIS undergraduates with high academic standing and an interest to participate in active CSE research projects. Students of junior and senior standing are typically most qualified and desired, but advanced sophomore and freshman students will also be considered.


Quick Guide to CSE Undergraduate Research


To begin the process, please complete and submit the application form provided below. You will need to choose up to 3 faculty members that best relate to your research interest (a faculty directory and research can be found here). Your application will be sent automatically to your selected faculty. If there is interest and availability with any of the selected faculty, they will respond to you to engage you further.


Submit an Application


Also, note that the College of Engineering has an Undergraduate Student Research Placement Tool that you may find useful when searching for a research position:



Prof. Jim Davis is the Undergraduate Research Coordinator for the CSE department. Please email him if you have any questions regarding getting involved in CSE undergraduate research.


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Important Research Events and Opportunities

  • exploreCSR@OSU organizes workshops that introduce undergraduate students to computing research through hands-on research experiences. All undergraduates are welcome to participate, but students who are members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. exploreCSR@OSU is supported by a gift from Google Research.


  • College of Engineering: Graduating “With Research Distinction” or “With Honors Research Distinction” - Research that culminates in the production of an undergraduate research thesis allows the student to receive a special designation on their diploma.

  • Combined BS/MS in CSE - This program allows undergraduates to start graduate study while completing the BS degree. The goal of the combined program is to encourage undergraduates to obtain an advanced degree.

  • Denman Undergraduate Research Forum - The forum during Spring provides a means for all OSU undergraduate students to present their research to the extended OSU community.


  • College of Engineering - Undergraduate Research Forum for Engineering and Architecture. This forum during Spring is intended for every student in any engineering or architecture discipline that participates in research.

  • CSE Research Poster Presentation Forum - This forum during Spring gives CSE/CIS graduate and undergraduate students an opportunity to present their on-going research to peers. 
  • College of Engineering: Summer Research Scholarship Program - This program aims to provide $3,500 scholarships to students who are participating in a first-time research experience during Summer Term.  Students who have just begun participating in undergraduate research within Engineering during the current academic year may also be eligible.

  • College of Engineering - Translating Engineering Research to K-8. This program is a combined research and outreach opportunity involving undergraduate engineering students and area STEM teachers.

  • College of Arts and Sciences: NMS Undergraduate Research Forum - The Natural and Mathematical Sciences Forum is for undergraduate students conducting research.



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