Physics Summer Research Program


The Ohio State University Department of Physics is pleased to announce the 2020 Undergraduate Summer Research Program.  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 $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.
  • Monthly luncheons for the summer research scholars and their mentor/advisers.
  • Poster session to be held at the end of the program.
  • 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 worth $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.
  • Will devote approximately 30 hours per week starting May 11, 2020 and ending July 17, 2020.  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.
  • 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.
  • Attend the program's monthly lunches - these are not optional. Dates are 5/21, 6/18 and 7/16-student research presentations done after lunch.
  • Student is required to maintain a timesheet each week.


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 in a research group at least 30 hours per week during the program dates (May 11 -July 17)

Application Information

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

  • An application form
  • 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).
  • 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 March 23, 2020

Send all application materials to:

Robin Patterson
OSU Department of Physics
1040K Physics Research Building
191 W. Woodruff Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

For further information, please contact Robin Patterson.