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Our Research Program

Get experience as an undergraduate.
The OSU Animal and Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholars Program engages undergraduate students in research.
Knowledgeable faculty members serve as mentors for undergraduate students while they gain valuable hands-on experience working on cutting-edge research projects side-by-side with faculty, graduate students, lab supervisors and research unit managers.
The program engages promising undergraduates and provides a solid foundation in research methods to better prepare them for industry and academic careers in the fields of animal and/or food sciences.

Hands-On Learning

Build key lab techniques and skills.
Once in the program, research scholars are mentored by faculty researchers. 
Getting hands-on research experience as an undergraduate can help students to hone in on their educational and career goals, as well as build key lab techniques and skills. This will better prepare them for future research opportunities, such as graduate programs and future careers.

 

How it Works

Apply

Animal and food science students who have above a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply. Approximately 20 students are selected each year.

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Gain Skills

Students are paired with a mentor based on their research interests. Mentors help students to navigate the research process and to develop critical thinking and communications skills.

Share Findings

Students have the ability to attend national meetings, publish peer-reviewed manuscripts in reputable journals and earn Undergraduate Research Scholar transcript designation.

Our Current Undergraduate Research Scholars

Jaxon Allen

Animal & Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholar

Major:
animal science
Faculty Mentor: Joao Moraes
Project Title: Evaluation of in vitro maturation, fertilization, and culture procedures to generate sheepgoat hybrids for the study of parental contributions to embryonic development.

Paige Anderson

Animal & Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholar

Major:
animal science
Faculty Mentor: Darren Hagen
Project Title: Generation of interspecies hybrids for indepth 3D genome analysis.

Paetyn Armstrong

Wentz Research Scholar

Major:
food science
Faculty Mentor: Ranjith Ramanathan
Project Title: Effects of pomegranate pre-treatment on ground beef quality.

Kaytlyn Cash

Animal & Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholar

Major:
animal science
Faculty Mentor: Glenn Zhang
Project Title: Epigenetic regulation of animal innate immunity.

Adelle Crofford

Niblack Research Scholar

Major:
animal science
Faculty Mentor: Darren Hagen
Project Title: Effect of wolbachia mechanisms on drosophila reproductive fitness.

Faith Howe

Wentz Research Scholar

Major:
animal science
Faculty Mentor: Darren Hagen
Project Title: The effect of long non-coding RNA on the cell cycle.

Miranda Iager

Animal & Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholar

Major:
animal science
Faculty Mentor: Glenn Zhang
Project Title: Natural approaches to immune modulation.

Hunter McConnell

Niblack Research Scholar

Major:
animal science
Faculty Mentor: Andrew Foote
Project Title: The effect of linoleic acid on inflammatory gene expression in the rumen.

Chase McCoy

Animal & Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholar

Major:
animal science
Faculty Mentor: Ranjith Ramanathan
Project Title: Determining the muscle specific effects on beef discoloration.

Jackson Moore

Animal & Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholar

Major:
animal science
Faculty Mentor: Andrew Foote
Project Title: Effect of concentration and source of fat on rumen inflammatory gene expression.

Morgan Patterson

Animal & Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholar

Major:
animal science
Faculty Mentor: Janeen Johnson
Project Title: Welfare consequence of length of tail dock.

Natalee Richardson

Animal & Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholar

Major:
animal science
Faculty Mentor: Darren Hagen
Project Title: In vivo Assay: Bacterial small RNAs may regulate eukaryotic gene expression.

Kennedy Roberts

Wentz Research Scholar

Major:
animal science/wildlife biology
Faculty Mentor: Adel Pezeshki
Project Title: The effect of supplementation dietary tryptophan on fat and glucose metabolism in low-birthweight piglets.

Kaylee Rumbaugh

Animal & Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholar

Major:
food science
Faculty Mentor: Divya Jaroni
Project Title: Evaluation of lactic acid bacteria for inhibition against Escherichia coli.

Marissa Schultz

Animal & Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholar

Major:
animal science
Faculty Mentor: Joao Moraes
Project Title: Development of sheep-goat hybrids to track parental contributions to embryonic development.

Abbie Schwab

Animal & Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholar

Major:
animal science
Faculty Mentor: Kris Hiney
Project Title: Management practices and their impact on the incidence of anthelmintic resistance in Oklahoma equine.

Madelyn Scott

Animal & Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholar

Major:
food science
Faculty Mentor: Ranjith Ramanathan
Project Title: Effects of light and 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal on non-enzymatic metmyoglobin reduction.

Leslie Smith

Animal & Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholar

Major:
animal science
Faculty Mentor: Blake Wilson
Project Title: Effects of nutritional feed additive on immune response on cattle infected with respiratory disease.

Hailey Spray

Freshmen Research Scholars

Major:
animal science
Faculty Mentor: Gretchen Mafi
Project Title: The dietary concentrate level and harvest weight effects on palatability of Spanish wethers and doelings.

Katherine Walsh

Animal & Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholar

Major:
animal science
Faculty Mentor: Adel Pezeshki
Project Title: A mixture of dietary valine and isoleucine above NRC requirements on growth performance of nursery pigs fed with very low protein diets.

Jade Wilkinson

Animal & Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholar

Major:
food science
Faculty Mentor: Peter Muriana
Project Title: Effect of acid adaption on pathogenic bacteria used in biltong USDA-FSIS validation studies.

 

  • What kind of research can I conduct?

    There is a variety of animal science and food science research projects that undergraduate researchers can be a part of, including:

    • Animal Health and Wellness
    • Food Safety
    • Genetics
    • Meat Science
    • Non-Ruminant Nutrition
    • Physiology
    • Ruminant Nutrition
    • Sustainability
  • What is the program like?

    Students in the program gain hands-on experience through cutting-edge research completed alongside faculty, graduate students, technicians and research unit managers, ranging from laboratory work to field studies.

     

    Our research scholars are paired with a faculty mentor based on their research interests, and have the opportunity to earn up to $500 per semester.

     

    If a research scholar meets the minimum program requirements and receives a faculty mentor recommendation each year, they can continue to be part of the program throughout their undergraduate career.

     

  • Program Requirements

    To apply:

    • Must be a freshman, sophomore, or junior with above a 3.0 GPA.

     

    Once Accepted:

    • Research scholars must work a minimum of four hours per week.
    • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA minimum. 
    • Research scholars are required to submit a research proposal to an on-campus agency by their second year in the program. Whether or not the student is successful with the proposal, the student may remain a departmental research scholar and continue working with his/her mentor.
  • OSU Research Scholarship Programs

    OSU has a number of research scholarship programs that undergraduate students can apply for.

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