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OADI Research Scholars Program

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Conducting research during your college experience offers many benefits such as developing critical thinking and analytical skills, clarifying academic, career and personal interests, and building community with peers and faculty. Dive into the world of research early in your undergraduate career at Cornell with the OADI Research Scholars Program (ORSP)!

ORSP provides first-year students in the Pre Collegiate Summer Scholars Program (PSSP) an opportunity to learn about the research process in a supportive environment. Although opportunities are not guaranteed, through ORSP students will be better positioned as highly-competitive applicants for an enriching summer research project with a Cornell faculty member.


ORSP participants have access to:

  • Financial Assistance. Stipends are available to students who secure and complete a summer research experience and present their research at the Summer Diversity Symposium.
  • Guidance and Support. Meet regularly with an advisor to help you navigate your first year at Cornell and meet your goals.
  • Mentorship. Participate in Graduate Students Mentoring Undergraduates (GSMU) to connect with diverse community of graduate students who are ready to support you on your journey.
  • Training. Attend monthly cohort meetings and learn about the research process and how to begin your own.


First-year, first-generation, economically disadvantaged students who participated in the Pre Collegiate Summer Scholars Program (PSSP) are invited to apply to ORSP.

Participant Requirements

  • Attend monthly cohort workshops
  • Attend monthly Graduate Students Mentoring Undergraduates (GSMU) meetings
  • Meet individually with Coordinator of OADI Research Scholars Program twice per semester
  • Explore the possibility of securing a research experience with a faculty member
  • Complete a summer research project and present your research at the Summer Diversity Symposium

How to Apply

A completed application consists of:

  1. Completed application form
  2. A Personal Statement
  3. Resume or CV

Be prepared to complete this application in one sitting. Your responses may not be saved and an application is considered incomplete until you submit it.

  • Application Opens: TBD
  • Application Deadline: TBD
  • Interviews: TBD
  • Decisions Released: TBD
  • First Cohort Orientation Session: TBD
  • GSMU Mentor/Mentee Community Meeting: TBD

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