Graduate Student Mentorship & Employment Programs

The Graduate Student Council coordinates a summer employment program that pairs College of Forestry undergraduate students with graduate students for mentorship and paid research opportunities, called SUGAR (Summer Undergraduate Graduate Assisted Research). Participating in SUGAR supports career preparation, provides an opportunity to learn more about grad school, life after college and gain research and field work experience.

For more information please read the details below or email with questions. 


Summer Undergraduate Graduate Assisted Research (SUGAR) Program

The SUGAR Program is a summer term opportunity for CoF undergraduate students to work with CoF graduate students. Work could include assistance with thesis, dissertation, capstone projects or other research projects (data collection, data analysis, data entry, laboratory work, and literature review). The College of Forestry provides a limited amount of funding to pay undergraduate hourly wages. Graduate students will also provide undergraduates with mentorship. 

Graduate Student Informaton:

  • Graduate students interested in submitting a SUGAR project should use the proposal webform
  • Limited funding is available for approximately 80 hours of work. Please indicate on the proposal form (description) how work will be allocated to fill that time
  • All projects must be based out of the Corvallis campus or E-campus
  • Work should be related to your thesis, dissertation, capstone or other research projects
  • All SUGAR projects need a Faculty Supervisor to oversee the project and approve undergraduate student timesheets
  • Projects should fall within the parameters of the Student Technical Assistant - Mentored Employment Program position description

Undergraduate Student Information:

Undergraduate students interested in applying for a SUGAR employment position must meet the following eligiblity requirements:

  • Be currently enrolled in the College of Forestry as an undergraduate or Post-baccalaureate student (planning to attend fall term)
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Undergraduate students taking 5 or more credits during summer term are limited to working 20 hours per week (please review student employment manual for eligibility)
  • If you would like to apply, please complete all of the following steps:
    • Review the available SUGAR opportunities.
    • Apply to the Student Technical Assistant - CoF Mentored Employment Program position to submit your resume and cover letter.
    • Submit the student interest form.


Important Deadlines 

SUGAR projects posted online April 5, 2024
Deadline for undergraduates to apply

 April 22, 2024

Program dates June 17 - September 13, 2024


Current SUGAR Opportunities

If you would like to apply, please complete all of the following steps:

  • Review the available SUGAR projects.
  • Apply to the Student Technical Assistant - CoF Mentored Employment Program position to submit your resume and cover letter.
  • Submit the student interest form.