Physics Summer Research Program


The Ohio State University Department of Physics is pleased to announce the 2020 Undergraduate Summer Research Program. Due to the Coronavirus situation, research will be conducted remotely this year, documentation from the undergraduate and the faculty advisor must explicitly address how you will conduct remote research, how you will meet and how often, with whom (e.g., a grad student), with what expected products. What detail you supply depends on the kind of project you propose. This program is subject to university approval. 

The program features the following scholarships:

  • Robert P. Caren Family Endowment Fund
  • The Captain Forrest R. Biard Undergraduate Research Scholarship Fund in Physics
  • Grilly Scholarship Fund in Physics

These scholarships will support undergraduate students pursuing research projects with an approved physics faculty sponsor during the summer of 2020.  Each scholarship will provide a wage package worth up to $3,500 in compensation for research work performed under the supervision of a supporting OSU Physics faculty member.

Program Highlights

Students who are selected to participate in this research program will:

  • Conduct summer undergraduate research under the supervision of a physics faculty member pursuing a research project of mutual interest to the faculty and student.  The proposals must describe what work would be done remotely.
  • Possible monthly luncheons for the summer research scholars and their mentor/advisers via Zoom.
  • Poster session to be held at the end of the program, my be done via Zoom.
  • Have the option to attend professional development activities including the following:
    • Graduate and Professional Student Panel
    • Resume and Cover Letter Workshop
    • Steps to Publishing Undergraduate Research
    • Personal Statements Workshop
    • What Can I do with a Ph.D.?

Award Details and Requirements

Winners of the scholarship:

  • Will receive a summer scholarship up to $3,500.  All funds will be posted through financial aid. 
  • Will conduct research under the supervision of a Physics faculty member pursuing a research project of mutual interest to the faculty and student.  The proposals must describe what and how work would be done remotely.
  • Will devote approximately 30 hours per week - dates May 11 - July 15.  Vacation time is NOT included or expected during this time frame.  If you think you will be taking a vacation, plan for either before the start or after the end of the scholarship dates. If you already have a vacation scheduled, please mention on the application. You will not be able to take classes during this program time as well.
  • Each student is responsible to create their own poster, even if they have the same adviser and work on the same project, and student must participate in the Physics Summer Research Scholarship program’s poster session at the end of the program.
  • Possible monthly Zoom lunches. Dates TBD.
  • While working remotely, please be mindful, that you are expected to work/devote approximately 30 hrs. to your research.  


In order to be eligible for the scholarship program, applicants must...

  • Be a current OSU student enrolled in the Physics or Engineering Physics major at the time of the program. Students who graduate before the start of the program are not eligible.
  • Be in good academic standing at the university (overall GPA at least a 2.5).
  • Have found a physics professor to work with during the summer of 2020 at the time of submitting an application and abstract for the scholarship.
  • Be able to work remotely in a research group at least 30 hours per week during the program dates May 11 - July 15.

Application Information

A complete application packet will include (all must be included):

  • An application
  • A short abstract (1-2 page) of the proposed project written by the student, This should include a short synopsis of the project and what your responsibilities to the project will be (what will you be doing for the project) and how this will work remotely.
  • A complete faculty endorsement form from the Physics faculty research sponsor.  This is located on the last page of the application form.
  • A letter of support from the Physics faculty research sponsor

Application deadline is extended to April 24th.

Send all application materials online to:

Robin Patterson

For further information, please contact Robin Patterson.