Ohio Center for Ecology & Evolutionary Studies






UGRIP Application form


BIOS 394 Syllabus







Ohio Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies


The UnderGraduate Research Immersion Program

   The special learning community of OCEES faculty, post-docs, visiting professors, and graduate students provides the opportunity to engage EEB undergraduates in scientific inquiry-based learning and research.  The UGRIP program is open to all students interested in ecology and evolutionary biology and organismal biology on a competitive basis.  It consists of two components (see below) designed to engage students during freshman through senior years with research engagement and a formal research course experience in the junior/ senior years.  Our philosophy is to invoke research experience early and in parallel with their core major requirements, then add formal research experience as upper classmen.   UGRIP graduates will receive research experience that improves their competitiveness for future employment/ academic opportunities. 


    UGRIP accepts new applications from freshman, sophomores, and juniors interested in EEB research at OU each October.  Students from participating departments (Biological Sciences, Environmental and Plant Biology, Geology, Geography, Philosophy) are welcome.  Students are evaluated on academic standing, GPA, their application materials and statement of research interest. Accepted students will be notified in late October and will be registered in BIOS 3880 for Spring Semester (time tba) . This course is limited to UGRIP students only.

Application forms are available HERE. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.


UGRIP Course Components



BIOS (3880) Undergraduate Research Inquiry & Analysis in EEB 

time / room TBA

2 Cr. Hr. course each spring semester

 UGRIP students will attend research seminars weekly (which are also attended by the OCEES student body and faculty) and follow up each presentation with a tutorial discussing the research with the presenter.  This new undergraduate seminar program will bring in visiting speakers to add more formal and more diverse research exposure to the UGRIP students and our OCEES community.   This goal is to immerses the UGRIP students into research thinking and methods early and throughout their undergraduate tenure.  Because of the variety of speakers in the program (peers, graduate students, post-docs, faculty and visiting researchers) the participants are exposed to a wide variety of research areas, methods, and types of oral presentations.  UGRIP students take BIOS 3880 each spring semester in each year enrolled up to a total of 8 credits.


Component 2:  Formal Research Immersion Courses (3 cr. hrs.)

This component of the UGRIP program involves active engagement in research offered in existing undergraduate research related or directed research courses (listed below).   UGRIP students must complete one quarter (3 cr. hrs.) of directed undergraduate research courses during their sophomore though senior years.    

Component 2 course list:


BIOS   4910   Biological internship

BIOS   4930   Topics in biological sciences

BIOS   4940   Undergraduate research

BIOS   4940H Honors research

BIOS   4941    Senior research and thesis

BIOS   4570    Animal systematics


GEOG  4660   Principles of remote sensing

GEOG  4730   Principles of GIS

GEOG  4800   Senior seminar

GEOG  4900   Special topics in geography

GEOG  4910   Geography internship

GEOG  4930    Independent study

GEOG  4990H Honors in geography


GEOL  4910  Field Camp I

GEOL  4760  Subsurface methods

GEOL  4811  Groundwater flow modeling

GEOL  4900  Seminar in geology

GEOL  4901  Geologic studies

GEOL  3910  Geology Internship

GEOL  4940  Senior thesis


PBIO    3935H Thesis development

PBIO    4090    Plant systematics

PBIO    4945H Senior thesis

PBIO    4850    Capstone in plant biology

PBIO    4910    Plant biology internship

PBIO    4940    Undergraduate research


   For more information: call 740 593-9669 or contact Dr. WIllem Roosenburg are roosenbu@ohiou.edu  The Ohio Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies, Department of Biological Sciences, 107 Irvine Hall, Athens, Ohio 45701.