Student Protégé

The Student Services Office requests research and field opportunities from College of Forestry (CoF) faculty and offers them to undergraduate students as paid work experiences in the Mentored Employment Program (MEP). All current CoF undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students are welcome to apply. 


What is a protégé?

A protégé is a person who is guided and supported by someone with experience and knowledge in their field. In the case of the Mentored Employment Program, this means a protégé’s work with faculty (mentors) in a lab or field setting conducting research and collecting and analyzing data.

Benefits of working with a faculty mentor:

Working with a faculty mentor enhances your personal growth and development. You will have the chance to explore potential career paths while gaining new perspectives, broaden your horizons, develop strong, supportive, professional relationships and apply what you are learning in your classes to hands-on experiences.

Who can be a protégé?

Current CoF undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students majoring in a CoF undergraduate program of study, including those enrolled at Cascades and La Grande are eligible. Ecampus students are also welcome to apply.

Students with only a minor in the College of Forestry (majoring in a non CoF program) are not eligible to apply to the Mentored Employment Program.

Students who may benefit from a Mentored Employment Program experience:

  • Students from underserved and underrepresented communities that enhance a pluralistic community in the College of Forestry
  • First generation students
  • Veterans
  • First and second year students, first year transfer students
  • Students who have not participated in a mentorship program or undergraduate research

Types of Mentored Employment Program projects:

  • Research assistance (lab, field)
  • Teaching or educational
  • Programmatic (develop new programs for a unit/entity/research group)
  • Project-based (specific set of assignments for overall team project)

COVID-19 and Remote Research:

As you are aware, the decision was made to offer a majority of fall term classes remotely. With this in mind, we are hopeful that mentors and mentees will be able to work in person but we are planning for the possiblility that MEP work might need to be completed remotely. Faculty mentors will submit plans for remote work to Student Services. Some ways that work could continue remotely include:

  • Setting up a shared virtual workspace (Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts)
  • Continue to meet regularly for check-ins and updates
  • Continuing work on research in the following ways:
    • Survey analysis
    • Data analysis
    • Literature reviews
    • Zoom discussions with lab members
    • Image processing
    • Start writing papers!

How much time will you spend with your mentor?

Protégé’s should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week in direct communication and mentoring with their faculty mentor (in-person, remote, email, etc.).

Student eligibility requirements:

  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate student in the College of Forestry
  • Be in good academic standing (not on academic probation or suspension)

Maximum available work hours:

Students are allowed to work a maximum of 20 total hours per week. Students working more than one positon on campus will need to split hours between positions. The most current Employment Eligibility and Maximum Allowable Hours can be found in the Student Employment Manual

Are you interested in applying for a Mentored Employment Program position?

If you are interested in applying to the Mentored Employment Program please complete the following steps:

  1. Review current mentored employment opportunities
  2. Submit interest in up to three projects. Your application and cover letter will be forwarded to all faculty you have indicated an interest in working with. 
    • Complete the Student Services MEP interest form (submit interest in up to three projects)
    • Visit the OSU Student Employment website and apply to the Mentored Employment Student Technical Pool position.
      • Please note that if you would like to send separate cover letters specific to faculty that you are applying to, you may attach them to your OSU application as additional documents.

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

Presentation Opportunities

Students participating in the Mentored Employment Program are encouraged to seek out opportunities to present their research. Presenting and sharing your research helps develop your communication skills and provides networking opportunities with peers who share your interests. There are several other programs for undergraduate research presentations.