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OSU Urban Horticulture Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates (REEU)

Do you have an interest in plants, locally-produced foods, hydroponics, teaching or even possibly graduate school? If the answer is yes to one or more of these, then you should consider the Urban Horticulture REEU . . . and explore your career opportunities! 

Application deadline March 12, 10 AM:

REEU Online application / Word application

The OSU Urban Horticulture REEU is a program that will introduce undergraduates to the world of horticulture sciences and agricultural research. If you like plants, have interest in locally-produced foods, enjoy teaching, or think graduate school might be in your future, you should definitely apply.


  • Where will you live?

    We will NOT be providing housing for the 2021 program. All students will need to obtain their own housing for the duration of the program. We have increased the stipend to offset the lost benefit to participants.

  • Who Can Apply?

    Anyone over the age of 18 (by May 24, 2021) and enrolled as a full-time student in a school of higher education for Fall 2021. This includes both two-year and four-year institutions.

  • Typical Week:

    Your typical week will be Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm with an hour break for lunch.  You will work with your assigned faculty mentor on independent research or some other aspect of his/her program. This may include establishing plants, maintaining plants, working in a laboratory setting, reading literature, and collecting data.  Approximately one day per week, you will work in the Student Farm to maintain vegetables, build raised beds, install irrigation, etc. One day each week, students will develop a 3-minute oral summary of their activities to be shared with other student participants in a virtual format. In these virtual sessions, students will also be presented with expert guest speakers and workshops pertaining to horticulture in the state. Students will not have structured events in the evenings but may have homework assignments or library research related to their projects. In some cases, students will be responsible for maintaining their research projects. In some cases, students will be responsible for maintaining their research projects overs the weekend but otherwise would have weekends free.


  • Application Requirements:
  • Program Start and End Dates
    • Start Date: Monday, May 24, 2021
    • End Date: August 13, 2021
  • Stipend:

    $500 per week for 12 weeks

  • Parking and Transportation:

    Students will need to have reliable transportation from their residence to campus and some off-site locations such as research greenhouses or experiment stations. Students should also be aware of and follow any campus parking regulations, which may require purchase of a parking permit.

  • Course Credit:

    This program can be used by OSU students to receive up to 3 credits of HORT 2010 or HORT 4990.  For non-OSU students, we encourage you to seek guidance from your advisers if applying program participation towards course credit.  This program will not cover expenses associated with tuition and fees.

  • Faculty Mentors:

    You will be teamed up with one of six research faculty mentors and spend the entire program learning about his/her research/extension program.  Researchers will include Drs. Lynn Brandenberger, Bruce Dunn, Charles Fontanier, Niels Maness, Bizhen Hu, and Lu Zhang.  These faculty represent a diverse group of expertise ranging from greenhouse production to turfgrass science to food extraction sciences.  

  •  Research Opportunities:

    While working with your faculty mentor, you will be assigned a project associated with his or her expertise.  The mentor will provide training and guidance on how to conduct good research in either lab or field settings.  Students will be expected to share their research with other students and present their findings at the conclusion of the program.  For students working in a more extension-oriented field, summary presentations of their experiences and impacts will be expected in place of a research presentation.

  • Student Farm:

    The OSU Student Farm was established in Fall 2017 when Dr. Bruce Dunn donated his research plots to the cause.  During the program, you will participate in team projects designed to train you on basics of vegetable production, urban horticulture, and related topics.  Each student will also be given the opportunity to farm their own small patch of soil throughout the program. In addition to being used for this summer REEU, the space will be used by spring and fall semester courses in Urban Horticulture Production and Vegetable Production. In the future, we hope to expand the Farm to include orchards and small fruits, while also providing space for students to produce their own crops for personal use and sale to on-campus vendors.

  • Education:

     In addition to learning activities at the Student Farm, students will gain knowledge of hydroponics system construction, pollinator health, farmer’s markets, food preservation, and floriculture.

  • What We Expect from You"

    As a student fellow in the REEU, you are expected to maintain a consistent work ethic, be punctual to program events, have lots of questions, have fun, stay safe, and share your experiences with your fellow students.  Most importantly, we expect that you will be INTERESTED and EXCITED to take part in this unique opportunity.

REEU Web Page: For more information, visit the official Facebook page for this exciting new program.

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