Honors and Undergraduate Research

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We highly encourage our undergraduate students to become involved in research opportunities on campus. CEGE students collaborate with peers and faculty members on a variety of research projects. Some of our Buckeye engineers have the opportunity to develop their own research topics. Undergraduate research in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic engineering offers a unique opportunity for students to complement their classroom learning with laboratory and field experience.


Why should I participate in undergraduate research?

  • Work closely with an Ohio State faculty member on exciting, cutting-edge projects.
  • Discover your interests and passions.
  • Develop professional skills that are marketable to future employers or in preparation for graduate school.
  • Collaborate with others and work as part of a team.
  • Improve your independence, critical thinking and technical writing skills.
  • Sharpen problem-solving skills and apply concepts learned in coursework to real life problems.
  • Become eligible for research-related scholarships.

What would I be doing?

The research opportunities for undergraduate civil and environmental engineering students are diverse and challenging. Under the direction of a faculty member, students work on a research problem that may involve laboratory or field work, computer programming, data analysis, and literature searching.


How do I find a research project?

  • Explore current research opportunities advertised on CEGE's website.
  • Ask the professor teaching your favorite class if there are any research opportunities on the class’ topic.
  • Browse the FACULTY & RESEARCH menu for topics that are interesting to you and contact those faculty to set up appointments to discuss possible research projects.
    • Tips for contacting professors

      • Before contacting faculty members, first consider how much time per week you are available to participate in research activities.

      • Contact the professor(s) directly and inquire about the available research opportunities, including the possibilities of joining an on-going research project, or perhaps even starting a new one. Indicate an area of research that you would like to work on. This will give the faculty member a better idea of what projects you may be available for.

      • Keep your email short and to the point. Include: your name, .#, your interest in discussing possible research opportunities, and days/times you are available to meet.

      • Please do not mass email faculty.

  • If you have multiple topics/classes that interest you, but don’t know which faculty to contact, you can make an appointment with a CEGE advisor to discuss possible options. 

RESEARCH DISTINCTION 

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There are currently two options for students who wish to ‘graduate with distinction’ in Civil or Environmental Engineering.   


Why should I earn Research Distinction?

  • "Research Distinction" or "Honors Research Distinction" appears on your diploma.
  • Gain valuable experience in synthesizing and presenting your results.
  • Gain critical skills to prepare for the workforce or graduate school.

Requirements for Earning Research Distinction


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FORUMS AT OHIO STATE

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These forums are opportunities to showcase outstanding student research.

All undergraduates are encouraged to participate in research as a value-added element of their education. 

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COE Research Scholarship Programs