Mentored Employment Program

The College of Forestry is excited to offer a Mentored Employment Program that matches CoF faculty with CoF undergraduate students to offer a variety of research and field experiences to enhance students' professional skills, and provide faculty with research/project assistance. The Mentored Employment Program provides funding to pay student wages/OPE as they assist on your project.

Each year the Student Services Office will request proposals from faculty for student employment opportunities. All CoF undergraduate students are eligible and encouraged to apply for these opportunities. Priority funding is available to students from diverse, underrepresented, or underserved backgrounds that enhance a pluralistic community in the College of Forestry.

What are mentored employment opportunities?

  • A chance for CoF undergraduate students to work with a faculty mentor on a project that supports the mission of the College (primarily research, but may include teaching and extension).
  • A true mentorship opportunity for faculty, adjuncts, and possibly even regional forestry/natural resources/forest products professionals to foster teaching and enhance learning experiences for undergraduate students.
  • Meaningful experiences that allow students to explore potential career paths and develop professional relationships.
  • The Mentored Employment Program is open to all CoF undergraduate students, however students whose backgrounds brings diversity to the campus community are highly encouraged to apply.


Faculty Mentor

  • Submit your mentored employment proposal using the Proposal Submission webform
    • Description of the project or research being done
    • Tasks that the student will perform
    • Hourly rate of pay
    • Nature of the mentorship you will provide. 
  • Opportunities will be posted online for students to review. 
  • Students must apply through the OSU Student Employment Program webpage. 
  • Please refer to the table below for separate deadlines for fall/winter/spring projects and summer projects.


Deadline Information


Summer funding

Fall through spring term funding

Faculty Mentor Proposal Submission Deadline

April 1, 2017

September 15, 2016

Student Application Deadline

May 4, 2017

October 1, 2016

Mentor/Protégé pairs announced/work may begin on approximately (pending HR approval):

June 19, 2017

November 1, 2016

Funding available through:

September 15, 2017

June 16, 2017


Please contact Brooke Harrington (541-737-1593) with questions or for more information.