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Congratulations on your selection to the Freshman Research Scholars Program (FRS) and welcome to your first chance to engage in research at Oklahoma State University! We hope this early introduction to university research will both challenge and inspire you. Throughout the year you will have the unique opportunity to meet like-minded scholars and learn from the most innovative researchers on campus. Your experience and some requirements may vary by college, but the general requirements are outlined here.
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Freshman Research Scholars will be enrolled in a specialized course within their college during the fall semester that takes them through the process of research at the university level. Be sure your advisor knows you are a Freshman Research Scholar! You will be asked to identify a faculty member to serve as your mentor. Your mentor will guide you through the research process and provide you the chance to get involved with a research project. Near the end of the fall semester, you are required to submit a Progress Report in which you will be asked to provide an overview of your fall experience and summarize your plans for the spring. Your mentor will need to confirm the arrangement by submitting a Mentor Agreement.


In the spring semester, you will be required to present the results of your research at the Freshman Research Scholars Symposium on April 9, 2024. You are also asked to submit a final Program Evaluation (DEADLINE: April 19, 2024).


Throughout the year, you will be introduced to various aspects of the research process. Please check your OSU email regularly for important notices, updates, and additional opportunities. 


As a researcher at Oklahoma State University, you are asked to complete an online tutorial in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), and if your research involves human subjects, submit your research plan to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for research compliance. If you have any questions about required training, consult your faculty mentor or the Office of Scholar Development.


As a FRS, you will have the distinct advantage of an early introduction to university research. OSU has many opportunities available for undergraduates to engage in research beyond FRS, such as the Wentz ($4,500 awards), Niblack ($8,000 scholarships) and McNair Scholars programs, so we hope you consider this your first step in a long journey of discovery.



Freshman Research Scholars - Additional Information 

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