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The OADI Research Scholars Program (ORSP) provides underrepresented first-year students with the opportunity for research-oriented academic preparation in their field of study through coursework, mentoring, and informative events. The program also prepares participants for successful application to prestigious research-based scholarship programs, on campus and beyond.

About OADI Research Scholars Program:
The OADI Research Scholars Program (ORSP) provides its participants with research-oriented academic preparation in and professional development through coursework, mentoring, culturally-based experiential learning, and informative workshops. The OADI Research Scholars Program is directed through the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and administered by the Director of OADI’s Student Success Programs. The program is also connected to the Undergraduate Research Institute which is coordinated by the Cornell University Libraries, the Office of Undergraduate Research, and the College Scholars, Mellon Mays Fellowship, Tanner Dean’s Scholars, and Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell Presidential Scholarship Programs.

Mission:
The OADI Research Scholars Program provides underrepresented students with opportunities for research-oriented academic preparation in their field of study through coursework, mentoring, and informative events. The program also prepares participants for successful application to prestigious research-based scholarship programs on campus and beyond.  

Objectives

  • Coursework and experiential learning help develop OADI Research Scholars’ foundational research skills, build their awareness of research centers and resources, and engage them in research opportunities on campus and beyond. 
  • Active involvement with the OADI Research Scholars Program prepares participants for future prestigious research opportunities, scholarships/fellowships, and graduate programs so they may become thriving and contributing multicultural scholars in their respective academic fields. 
  • Participants’ scholarship and success are supported through facilitated mentoring relationships with underrepresented graduate students and campus researchers. 
  • Building relationships with campus and local cultural activists, scholars, librarians, and archivists, OADI Research Scholarship help contribute to the scholarship-activism that strengthen the academy and campus/local activism through a multicultural framework.

Sample Research Topics:
Sample research topics that have been explored through the OADI Research Scholars Program include:

  • The Model Minority Stereotype at Cornell University
  • Black Women at Cornell: Examining the Intersectionality of Race and Gender
  • Immigration Reform To Address Dairy Labor Demands in New York State
  • Magic and Power: An Investigation of Shakespeare's The Tempest in the Tucson Unified School District Ethnic Studies Ban
  • Examining how the father-child relationship mediates linkages between family structure and child well-being
  • Natural Disasters and Economic Development
  • The Impact of Hong Kong's Rock-and-Roll Drama "When Heaven Burns" on the Development of Hong Kong's Youth Social Movements
  • The Development of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Female Inmates

Workshop and Meeting Topics Include:  

  • How to Obtain a Strong Letter of Recommendation
  • Introduction to Graduate School Experience
  • How Can My Research Serve My Communities
  • Finding a Faculty Mentor
  • Preparing for Summer Research Opportunity Programs (SROPs)
  • Expanding Your Research Network

Program Benefits:

  • For-credit research experience and academic grounding in research methods in the arts, humanities and interpretive social sciences.
  • Stipend for ongoing research activity (distributed during the summer) and greater consideration for other OADI financial grants/scholarships to support conference attendance, research assistantships, community-engagement experiences, etc.
  • Mentorship opportunities with current Cornell graduate students, faculty networking, and advising from OADI staff.
  • Student success workshops and individualized research assistance.
  • Assistance with preparing scholarship/research opportunity applications, including application essays and statements of purpose.
  • Resource library (including information on research assistantships, scholarships) and computer lab with complimentary academic printing.