FRS | Welcome, 2016-17

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! I hope this early introduction to university research will both challenge and inspire. 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 common requirements are outlined here.

During the fall semester you will be asked to find a faculty member to serve as your mentor, who will guide you through the development and implementation of a research project in the spring. Near the end of the fall semester you are required to submit a Progress Report (DEADLINE: Nov. 18, 2016) 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 (DEADLINE: Dec. 2, 2016).

Near the end of the spring semester you will be required to present the results of your research at the Scholar Development Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, April 21, 2017. All FRS must also submit a Program Evaluation at the end of the semester. Throughout the year, you will attend a few mandatory meetings to introduce you to various aspects of the research process. 

The first mandatory meeting you’ll attend is the Introductory Meeting on TBA.  Click here for a schedule of meetings and deadlines (dates and times subject to change).  If you cannot attend a mandatory event/meeting due to a verifiable scheduling conflict, you must arrange a meeting with me.  Events will be added to the calendar as details are set.

I will deliver regular communication to your official OSU email account, so please check your box frequently or have your mail forwarded to an account that you do.  

At some point in the research process, your faculty mentor may ask you to complete a short online tutorial in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) or submit your research plan to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for research compliance.  If you have any questions about either RCR or IRB, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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 grants) and Niblack ($8,000 scholarships) programs, so I hope you consider this your first step in a long journey of discovery.

Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the resources on this site, learn from former FRS students and be inspired by selections from Ralph W. Emerson’s “The American Scholar.”  

Again, congratulations and welcome. We hope your experience in FRS will inspire you to continue your development as an innovative scholar. If you have any questions please contact the Scholar Development Office or your college coordinator.