Mentored Employment Program

The Mentored Employment Program offers CoF undergraduate students paid opportunities to get involved with research, field work and build important mentoring relationships in an encouraging environment. It is open to undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students enrolled in a College of Forestry undergraduate major, with an emphasis on reaching those from our underrepresented and underserved communities and those who would most benefit from faculty mentorship. 



Benefits of participating in the Mentored Employment Program

  • A chance to work with a faculty mentor on research, lab or field work that supports the mission of the college.
  • Meaningful experiences that allow students to explore potential career paths and develop professional relationships.
  • Mentorship opportunity for faculty, Post-Doctoral Researchers, Faculty Research Assistants, and Extension Faculty who would like to foster teaching and enhance learning experiences for undergraduate students.


Faculty Mentor - Program details & how to submit a project proposal


Student Protégé - Program details & how to apply


 Important Program Dates

2023-24 Academic Year

Due Date

Faculty proposal submission deadline:

September 22, 2023

Student application deadline:

October 25, 2023

Interviews and selections:

November 8, 2023

Begin working:

HR appointment approval

Orange & Black Poster Presentation:

April 12, 2024

MEP funds available to use through end of spring term:

June 14, 2024





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