Prospective Freshman Researchers

Freshman Research Scholars Marketing ImageThe Freshman Research Scholars program at Oklahoma State University provides an opportunity for approximately sixty bright, ambitious students to extend their education beyond the classroom by engaging in cutting-edge research under the guidance of innovative faculty researchers.

OSU understands that students who graduate without research experience have not taken full advantage of all that a comprehensive research university has to offer, so OSU leads the way in supporting undergraduate research in all fields of study.

By elevating their education with real hands-on research experience students in FRS can distinguish themselves as leaders capable of contributing to the scholarly community in ways that coursework alone cannot.

Such discovery learning complements a well-rounded course load by providing the critical opportunity to apply fundamental skills.

Connections made through the Freshman Research Scholars Program often lead to rewarding long-term relationships with like-minded students and faculty.

To apply, log in to your completed OSU application and you'll see a section titled, "Consider Research." You'll find a link to apply for the Freshman Research Scholars Program. If the link does not appear, please contact the Scholar Development Office at or 405.744.7313 to request the link be sent directly to you.

The final deadline for applications is February 1.


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Program Requirements

Fall Semester

  • Learn basic research ethics and methodology in a college-specific orientation course taught by tenured faculty researchers
  • Identify mentors in your field of study to guide you in the pursuit of your research interests

Spring Semester

  • Implement the research plan developed in the fall under the guidance of your mentor
  • Share the results of your research in a peer-level colloquium at the end of the semester

Undergraduate Research Beyond the First Year

Participants in FRS are uniquely prepared to take advantage of OSU’s extensive research opportunities for undergraduates. Each year approximately forty of OSU’s most innovative scholars are awarded $4,500 Lew Wentz Research Grants to conduct projects of their own design.

Additionally, several other awards, such as the Niblack Research Scholars, are granted to students in selected fields of study, making OSU a vibrant research community for undergraduates.

Many of the students who participate in these programs continue to pursue successful careers in academia with placement in top research institutions, while others choose to take their experience into the private sector.

Apply Now Using Your OSU Application


Freshman Research Scholars Featured in The Daily Oklahoman

By Silas Allen | Published: May 5, 2012

STILLWATER — While many of her fellow students are in class, Lauren Foley spends hours in a lab, working with prairie voles. That's been the case, more or less, since Foley came to Oklahoma State University last year.
Foley, now a sophomore, participated in an OSU program that allows students to take part in meaningful research during their freshman year.

“To me, it was just a good opportunity to get outside the classroom,” Foley said.

Foley, a zoology major, was a part of Freshman Research Scholars, an OSU program that gives about 60 first-year students per year the opportunity to take part in research on campus.

In addition to their regular coursework, those students may either work with faculty researchers on a project that's already under way, or raise a question of their own and, under faculty supervision, develop a study to answer that question. Continue reading...

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