Mentored Employment Program

The Mentored Employment Program (MEP) provides College of Forestry (CoF) undergraduate students paid opportunities to work with members of the CoF faculty on research, projects, and/or field experiences. These types of experiences enhance students' professional skills, build important mentor/protégé relationships and guidance while assisting faculty with important work.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students enrolled in College of Forestry undergraduate majors are eligible to apply. MEP provides a limited amount funding to pay student wages. Priority funding is available for students from diverse, underrepresented or underserved backgrounds that enhance a pluralistic community in the College. Students whose academic status would benefit from a mentorship experience are encouraged to apply.

Mentored employment opportunities are available during fall, winter and spring terms.

COVID-19 Update

Fall term resumption plans are being made. With this in mind, we are hopeful that mentors and mentees will, once again, be able to conduct work and engage in mentorship in person. However, we continue to prepare for the possiblility that MEP may need to return to a remote modality. In order to maintain the safety of students and faculty we are asking you to submit plans for remote work and for students to discuss the possibility of remote work with facutly mentors. 

What are mentored employment opportunities?

  • A chance for CoF undergraduates to work with a faculty mentor on a project (research, field, teaching or extension experience) that supports the mission of the college.
  • True mentorship opportunities 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.

Faculty Mentor - What you need to know

Student Protégé - What you need to know

Deadline Information

 2021-22 Academic Year


Faculty proposal submission deadline:

September 17, 2021

Student application deadline:

October 15, 2021

Interviews to be completed and and selected student names submitted to Student Services:

November 8, 2021

Work may begin:

November 16, 2021 (Pending HR approval)

MEP funds available to use through end of spring term:

June 10, 2022


Questions about the Mentored Employment Program can be directed to Brooke Harrington in the Student Services Office located in 116D Peavy Forest Science Center or (541) 737-1593.

Interested in supporting the Mentored Employment Program?

We welcome involvement from the forestry industry, agencies, and community to help support our students' employment and educational goals and we offer the following sponsorship opportunities. If you would like to help support our students in these endeavors please contact the OSU Foundation and reference our Experiential Learning Fund.

Level Amount # of Students Supported
Platinum $30,000+ 15+
Gold $20,000 10
Silver $10,000 5
Bronze $2,000 1


Past Sponsors

  • Weyerhaeuser, platinum and silver levels
  • Bureau of Land Management, platinum and gold levels
  • U.S. Forest Service, platinum and silver levels
  • CoF Board of Visitors, platinum level