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Applying for LURE Science Scholarships

Applying for LURE Science Scholarships

The LURE program welcomes full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing a bachelor's degree with a major in the College of Science to apply. Preference will be given to students who have not participated in research and are in their junior or senior year. The LURE program will also prioritize students who are from backgrounds historically underrepresented in science. Students will need to be planning to enroll in courses during the fall, winter and spring terms of the year they will conduct their research. Faculty mentors need to be affiliated with OSU, but need not be in the College of Science.

The deadline to submit the 2023-2024 LURE application will be June 5th at 11:59 p.m.

How to apply for a LURE Science Scholarship

  1. Find a faculty mentor you are interested in working during the summer on a project related to the faculty member's research. If you need help in identifying a faculty mentor, contact Gabs James at
  2. Discuss a research project appropriate for the academic year with your potential mentor and develop a project outline.
  3. Complete application by June 5, 2023. Preview the essay questions (docx).
  4. Make sure your faculty mentor completes the faculty mentor form (pdf).


To learn more, contact Gabs James at

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LURE application

How proposals are reviewed

College of Science research faculty and staff carefully review all proposals for eligibility and merit. We prioritize applicants to fund based on the quality of proposals as reflected in the review criteria below. Award decisions are based on available funds. Preferences may be given to undergraduate students who are having their first research experience and/or hold marginalized identities.

Proposals that describe the research project to a general audience, provide clear explanations of the approach and significance of the proposed work, and avoid using jargon or unexplained acronyms will fare better than those using highly scientific language. While you will develop your proposal together with a research faculty member you intend to work with, you must write it entirely on your own.

Applicants will be notified of award decisions via email.

Criteria for proposal evaluation

Scholarly merit

  • Is the proposal well written and scientifically sound?
  • Does the proposal include an overall project hypothesis statement or objective?
  • Is the significance and approach adequately described?
  • Does the proposal clearly state the student's role?

Student impact

  • Will this research experience impact the student’s life personally, educationally, and professionally?
  • Has the student demonstrated the resilience and dedication required to be successful in research?
  • How would this award impact the student’s financial ability to engage in research?

Student ability

  • Has the student demonstrated the ability to problem solve, work independently, and well in teams?