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2016-17 Undergraduate Research Scholars
2016-2017 Undergraduate Research Scholars

Undergraduates invited to apply for paid Research Scholar positions to gain valuable applied experiences

Daniel Kington
December 1, 2016

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is offering Undergraduate Research Scholar funded positions for the­ 2017-2018 academic year. ­ Highly motivated students from any school or department are encouraged to apply for these competitive positions. To be eligible, students should have at least a 3.5 GPA.

Bethany N. Bella, Voinovich Scholar“The Voinovich School has given me connections, opportunities, and engaging projects to compliment my coursework,” said Bethany N. Bella, an OHIO junior pursuing a BSS concentrated in geography and political science and a Voinovich Scholar working on the initiatives of the energy and environment program under the direction of Dr. Geoffrey Dabelko. “Being a part of the Voinovich School community has truly made my OHIO experience unforgettable!”

Selected students will work 10 hours per week, 14 weeks per semester for two semesters at the rate of $11 per hour. Scholars will be assigned to work with Voinovich School faculty and professional staff.­ Opportunities include innovative research and work related to:

  • Energy and the environment
    • Sustainability
    • Watershed management
    • Ecology
    • GIS
    • Field and lab research opportunities
  • Entrepreneurship and regional development
    • Small business planning
    • Economic development
    • Product design and marketing
  • Public policy and leadership
    • Community health
    • Public policy
    • Public relations and communication
    • Research and evaluation


Mica Smith, Voinovich ScholarMica Smith, a junior double-majoring in Spanish and political science and a Voinovich Scholar working with Dr. Holly Raffle on program evaluation, described the experience: “The support, encouragement, and respect that I have shared with my colleagues and advisors at the Voinovich School has made it one of the best experiences of my undergraduate career.”

Another scholar, Abdalah El-Barrad, is a senior double-majoring in economics and applied mathematics who works on data analysis with Dr. Anirudh Ruhil, and he stressed the applied nature of the position.

“At the Voinovich School, I gained real world skills that have helped prepare me for industry and academia while creating a positive impact on the world,” El-Barrad said.

The deadline to apply is February 12, 2017.

Click here to visit the Voinovich School’s webpage on the Undergraduate Research Scholar program. Interested students should email a cover letter, resume, recent DARS report and short writing sample to Dr. Ani Ruhil, associate professor, at ruhil@ohio.edu or call 740.597.1949 with questions.