Preparing Biologists for Research
Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in optional activities to tailor their program experiences to their particular needs and interests. These include:
• GRE prep courses
• professional society memberships
• student organizations
Tutoring will be available through University Academic Services for classes that are often challenging for students.
URM fellows will be eligible for financial support for GRE prep courses, GRE fees, and graduate school application fees.
Students may participate in an internship for ZOOL 4710 credit. Previous internships completed by students include those with state and federal agencies, LTER sites, REUs, aquariums, zoos, conservation organizations, environmental consulting firms and other industry-based opportunities. Internships provide students with valuable hands-on experiences in a professional setting, with experiences varying depending on the type of internship.
URM fellows will be encouraged to join and participate in professional societies, including presenting their research findings at a professional society meeting attended with faculty mentors and other URM fellows.
URM fellows will be encouraged to join and be actively involved in relevant student organizations on campus. A chapter of Tri-Beta, the National Biological Honor Society recently formed at OSU. All URM fellows will be eligible for associate membership on admission to OSU, and should be admissible for regular membership at the end of their first semester. Tri-Beta members are actively involved in research, community activities, tutoring and other services and activities that promote undergraduate involvement in the department and the discipline. OSU also hosts a chapter of Tau Sigma, the National Transfer Honor Society. Tau Sigma members must be in the top 20% of the new transfer class or earn a GPA of 3.5 or better during their first twelve hours at OSU. The Transfer Student Organization encourages and promotes the involvement of transfer students on campus and in the community, and all transfer students are eligible for membership.