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Summer Research Opportunities Program


The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) at Ohio State is designed to help historically underrepresented students explore opportunities for graduate study and academic careers. Over the course of nine weeks during the summer, Ohio State SROP participants will conduct research with a faculty mentor on a topic of mutual interest, and participate in activities crucial to preparation for graduate school, including workshops on research skills, seminars on topics related to graduate education, and professional development events. At the end of the summer program, participants present their research at a campus summary conference and a regional conference.

SROP is overseen by the Big Ten Academic Alliance.


All historically underrepresented undergraduates who are U.S. citizens and meet the criteria listed in the qualifications section below are eligible to participate in the program. The selection process targets groups underrepresented in graduate education. Priority is given to those students who have not participated in SROP previously. 


Applicants must have completed at least one-third of the credit hours required for their undergraduate major, exclusive of the General Education Curriculum (GEC) requirement, by June of the application year. They also must have at least one semester/one quarters of enrollment remaining after the program ends and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above at the time of application. 

Participants receive a stipend, housing and travel allowance, and academic credit.


Click here to apply. 

When applying to Ohio State SROP, we recommend: 

  • Apply to the program early; we review applications on a rolling basis, beginning in November 
  • Submit all applications materials in advance of the deadlines. Letters of recommendation should be requested well in advance of the submission deadlines. 

Personal Statement 

Your personal statement should include 

  • Your interest in pursuing a graduate degree 
  • Steps you have taken to prepare for graduate school 
  • Why you choose your area of study 
  • Your career goals 
  • Key factors shaping your academic pursuits 

Statement of Research Interest 

Your statement of interest should include 

  • your research interests 
  • your research experience and training 
  • your relevant academic coursework 
  • why you would like to conduct research 
  • what you would like to do in the future with your research 

Ohio State SROP Interview 

Our selection process requires applicants to complete a brief phone interview. After reviewing an applicant’s materials, the applicant may be contacted to schedule an interview. Please note not all applicants will be interviewed.  

To prepare for the interview,  

  • Review any information and material we have provided 
  • become familiar with the Ohio State programs you are interested in 
  • Seek out assistance for preparing for interviews from your school’s career planning resources 
  • Be prepared to have the interview in a quiet and comfortable location. 
  • Be sure to respond to any and all email and phone messages in a timely and professional manner 
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