Undergraduate Experiential Education Funds

The College of Forestry is pleased to offer undergraduate students* funding opportunities to participate in domestic programs or events that support educational enhancements, professional development opportunities, and/or leadership experiences.  Such experiential education activities may include conference participation, workshops, seminars, etc. 


*Please note, these funds are only available to undergraduate students in one of the College of Forestry's majors (Forestry, Forest Engineering, Forest/Civil Engineering, Renewable Materials, Tourism, Recreation, and Adventure Leadership, Natural Resources, Tourism & Outdoor Leadership, or Recreation Resource Management.  Funds are available to students at any OSU campus.


Funds Available

Funds vary from year to year.  The average funding award is generally around $500.  The level of funds awarded are guided by factors such extent of professional development offered, location, level of student contribution, nature of the travel, etc. 


How to Apply

Each term Student Resources & Engagement Office will announce a competitive proposal process.   Proposals are due as follows:


Beginning date of activity, program, or event; or first date participation occurs

(participation date or first day of formal participation occurs during this period - please note your experience may extend beyond this period; however proposal due dates are based on when the FIRST day of participation occurs)

Proposal Due


October 1-December 31, 2017

June 1, 2017

June 15, 2017

January 1 – March 30, 2018

November 1, 2017

November 15, 2017

April 1- June 30, 2018

February 1, 2018

February 15, 2018

July 1- September 30, 2018

May 1, 2018

May 15, 2018






Important Information (please read thoroughly)

All proposals must be submitted on the proposal form and all requested supplemental materials must be provided for the proposal to be considered complete.  Incomplete proposals will not be considered.  Poorly developed proposals with inaccurate information will not be funded.  You should include a complete description of the proposed activity/event, destinations, contacts, approximate schedule, budget, and expected educational benefits as well as program information, agenda, or other similar documents.   A sample budget may be found here.

We are able to fund domestic experiences only; please work with the CoF International Programs Office for study abroad, faculty led programs, or international internships.

Even if you have not yet been accepted for a program or you are not 100% sure you're able to participate we encourage you to submit a funding proposal anyway as you can always decline any funds awarded to you.  We cannot accept late applications (or offer a deadline extension) and you don't want to be disappointed that you didn't apply for funds when you do find out you've been accepted to a program.

If you are unsure about the process, deadlines, or you have ANY questions, please contact Kira Hughes in the Student Resources & Engagement Office, Snell 133, or 541-737-3475.  Submit your proposal and supplemental materials to the Student Resources & Engagement Office, Snell Hall 133, or via email to , by the applicable proposal due date listed above.  Proposals will be reviewed at one time after the due date closes.  Students can expect to hear the results of funding decisions by the announcement date listed above.



1)       Open to degree-seeking full-time, undergraduate or post-baccalaureate students enrolled and in good academic standing in College of Forestry.  For the awarding period of July 1- September 30, 2018 only (i.e. the summer period) we will accept proposals from students who are enrolled less than full-time, but who are registered for at least three (3) credits.  Some restrictions do apply to this summer period exception so please inquire for specific details.

2)      Students will not be considered for funding for more than 1 event per academic year.

3)      The proposal must clearly describe the educational benefit of the event.

4)      The experience, event, activity, etc. is offered in the United States (we can fund only domestic experiences).



1)       Students who are selected to receive funding are required to sign a travel funds agreement, a waiver of liability form, and applicable international travel forms.

2)      Students who are selected to receive funding for international travel are required to carry travel insurance.

3)      Students must provide a brief written statement within one month of travel that addresses how your education has been enhanced through your participation in this experience.

4)     Students may be asked to speak with fellow students about the experience.

Selection Committee

Experiential Education Funds proposals are reviewed and awarded by the Associate Dean of Student Success in the College of Forestry.  


Helpful Websites:





Submit your proposal, using the proposal form,
to the Student Resources & Engagement Office, Snell 133, or via email to    

If you have questions regarding the proposal process, please contact Kira Hughes 541-737-3475 at or visit Snell Hall 133, the Student Resources & Engagement Office.