RISE Summer Program

May 22 - July 28, 2023

Gain valuable research skills and grow your network of resources so you feel both inspired and prepared to pursue graduate-level research.


Rise Application Link

The EmPOWERment Research In Sustainable Energy (RISE) summer program is a 10-week intensive experience that provides talented Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work on an independent research project related to sustainable energy in a supportive environment designed to develop and enhance their research skills. 

Students conduct research in the lab of an Ohio State faculty member with the support of an academic mentor and peer mentor. Students also participate in communication and research-skill building activities and enjoy community-building activities with a broader network of summer research program scholars across Ohio State through The Consortium. Students have the opportunity to present their research results at a campus-wide symposium held at the program conclusion.

RISE is supported by The Ohio State University Graduate School and Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


We accept applications from any current undergraduate or masters student at Ohio State, including current seniors and international students. Additionally, prospective and incoming first-year EmPOWERment trainees are encouraged to apply. RISE is designed to help historically underrepresented students explore graduate level research and academic careers. RISE students come from many different academic fields and all share a strong interest in sustainable energy.  

RISE students participate on a full-time basis (40-hours per week). Therefore, concurrent enrollment in summer courses is not allowed.

Graduate students may be eligible to conduct independent research related to a topic of their interest as an alternative to being paired with an existing project. If you are interested in this opportunity, you should complete the student-directed research proposal form and upload it with your application file. 


Students will receive a stipend of $5000 to support their participation over the 10 weeks. Incoming graduate students may be eligible for an additional travel grant up to $500.

Application Instructions

To apply, please complete the online form. Please be sure to read through and prepare the list of required materials outlined below prior to beginning your application.

Required materials for all applicants are listed below:

Personal statement (max 1500 characters) describing your reasons for pursuing this research experience and how it relates to your personal and academic goals.  How will this research experience help you advance towards your goals? Why do you want to pursue research in the sustainable energy field? Please also include any relevant extra-curricular activities or recognition of your achievements.

Research statement (max 1500 characters) describing the research areas related to sustainable energy that interest you. Why is this area of research important to you? If you have prior research experience, describe the project and your role. How have your past experiences shaped your interest in research? 

Current Ohio State students should also submit the following materials during the application process:
Note: Applicants who have also applied to EmPOWERment and are not current Ohio State students are exempt from submitting these materials if you submit a graduate school application for the 2023-2024 academic year by the RISE application deadline of March 24, 2023.  

Current CV/Resume uploaded to the online application form in pdf format (max. of 16MB).

Current Ohio State Transcript uploaded to the online application form in pdf format (max. of 16MB).

Two letters of recommendation submitted by people familiar with your academic program, scholastic ability, or professional performance. It is recommended that at least one individual is a faculty member. We will ask you to provide names and contact information for two references on the online application. Within a few moments of submitting your application, an invitation will be emailed to each reference with a link to our online submission form from noreply@osu.edu. No additional reminder emails will be sent. It is your responsibility to ensure your letters are submitted by your recommenders no later than Friday, March 31, 2023 at 11:59pm. You will receive an email confirmation after each letter is submitted through the online form.

Graduate students interested in working on an independent self-directed research project should also submit the following materials during the application process:

Student-Directed Research Proposal Form A completed copy of the student-directed research proposal form should be uploaded to the online application form (max. of 16MB).

Additional Questions?

Please contact Katie Zimmerman at zimmerman.865@osu.edu