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 in which you will be asked to provide an overview of your fall experience and briefly summarize your plans for the spring. Your mentor will need to confirm the arrangement by submitting a Mentor Agreement. The deadline for both forms is Friday, November 30.
Near the end of the spring semester you will be required to present the results of your research at the FRS Colloquium on Friday, April 12. 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. All of the program requirements, guidelines and forms are available on the Forms and Guidelines section of the FRS Blog.
The first mandatory meeting you’ll attend is the Introductory Meeting on Tuesday, August 21 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Case Study #3 (Room 416) of the Student Union. A schedule of meetings and deadlines is available on the FRS Blog–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 FRS Director Tim O’Neil (me). Note: 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. I also will post additional information and brief reminders on the FRS Blog, our Facebook page, and Twitter stream. In addition to “liking” our Facebook page and following the Twitter stream, you may also receive FRS Blog updates delivered to your email inbox by subscribing to the RSS feed.
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 blog, learn from former FRS students and be inspired by selections from Ralph W. Emerson’s “The American Scholar.” You may also browse and apply for current research openings on the OSU Undergraduate Research Network (UGRnet).
Again, congratulations and welcome. I hope your experience in FRS will inspire you to continue your development as an innovative scholar. If you have any questions please contact me or your college coordinator.
Henry Bellmon Office of
Scholar Development and Recognition
Oklahoma State University
334 Student Union, Stillwater, OK 74078