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Identifying a faculty mentor to guide you through your research experience is the most important aspect of the process and also one of the most challenging tasks for many students. Choosing a mentor is an important decision, so take the time necessary to find someone who feels like a good match for your research interests, learning style and personality. A well-chosen mentor can also help you choose a topic for your research. Below you will find some tips that could help.

Once you have identified a faculty member you may want to work with, drop by during his/her office hours or ask to make an appointment. You can find contact information on the faculty member’s website or in the OSU Directory. 

 

It’s best to call or email to set up the initial appointment.

 

You and your mentor should work together to establish a research plan and timeline that will accommodate both of your schedules. 

 

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