Research Opportunities


Many of our undergraduate students assist our world-renowned faculty on their research, or design and pursue their own research projects. There are two different degree options for those conducting independent research:

Undergraduate Research

Honors Research Distinction in Political Science. With or without an Honors Contract, a student may elect to pursue an independent research project leading to the BA with Honors Research Distinction. An overall GPA of 3.4 is required and the major point-hour ratio must be at least 3.5. Students must take a minimum of three (3) hours in Political Science 4999H. Additional requirements and procedures are described on the ASC Honors Program website.

Undergraduate Research

Research Distinction in Political Science. Students who are not Honors students may graduate with Research Distinction by writing a thesis. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required, and students must take at least four (4) hours in Political Science 4999. Additional requirements and procedures are described on the ASC graduation webpage.

Are you interested in undergraduate research but don't know where to start? Contact one of our Peer Research Contacts! We have three political science students who are available to answer your questions and give advice on conducting research at Ohio State. You can find their names and contact information here.

Additional Opportunities

Join the new URO MENTORship Program

If you are interested in undergraduate research, consider joining the Undergraduate Research Office's MENTORship program! Experienced undergraduate researchers will guide a small group of students with shared research interests through a path to research involvement. You can learn what research in political science looks like, get advice on how to find and contact faculty advisors, meet with experienced researchers and join a community of like-minded students. The deadline to sign up online is Sunday, September 20, 2015. More information can be found here.

Present at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

The annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to share their research with members and friends of the Ohio State community. The Denman Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Check the Office for Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry website for more information.

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

The Ohio State University has partnered with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) to offer the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) to minority undergraduate students who plan to pursue graduate school and research-focused careers. The Program assigns mentors to each student as they work through an intensive research course load.

The CIC is comprised of the Big Ten member universities and the University of Chicago. The schools work with one another to "advance their academic missions, generate unique opportunities for students and faculty, and serve the common good by sharing expertise, leveraging campus resources, and collaborating on innovative programs". The Program is funded by the provosts of each member university. To learn more, please visit the Committee on Institutional Cooperation website.