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Undergraduate research

Undergraduate student participation in research is a core value of the College of Nursing. Engaging undergraduate students in research facilitates students’ understanding of how the science that underpins the discipline of nursing is discovered and subsequently how this is translated into practice. Students at the undergraduate level engage in the research process in two major ways: through an independent study or in the honors program.

Independent study experiences allow students who are interested in research to engage in various aspects of the research process. These experiences often give students an understanding of the intricacies of building a scientific basis for practice, and encourage them to pursue further experiences in research.

The College of Nursing has a prestigious honors program that engages students directly into all aspects of the research process. The honors program at the College of Nursing is unique in that all students from this program graduate with Honors Research Distinction, the highest honor an undergraduate can attain at The Ohio State University. As a part of the requirements to graduate with distinction, nursing students must complete a research project under the mentorship of a faculty advisor. Students work closely with a faculty mentor for three years to develop either an independent research project or a secondary analysis of an existing research project that will help inform the discipline of nursing. The goals for students in this program are to understand the research process, develop their own project under the close supervision of a faculty mentor, and publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals for the benefit of health science disciplines.

For a comprehensive listing of student honor theses, visit the Knowledge Bank at OSU: Nursing.

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