What is a research volunteer?

A research volunteer is anyone who volunteers or donates his/her services by observing or assisting with research projects on behalf of The Ohio State University and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center without receiving course credit or compensation from OSU/OSUWMC for these activities. This may include students, community members and employees (in limited circumstances). Qualified research volunteers can provide meaningful assistance in laboratory, clinical or translational research settings while benefiting from educational enrichment opportunities. Protecting volunteers from injury or illness is of the utmost importance to OSU/OSUWMC.

Please note these guidelines do not apply to Postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars, observers, contractors, students performing research for academic credit at OSU or clinical research subjects enrolled in a research study. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees may not volunteer services in the same or similar area in which they are employed. Foreign nationals must have an appropriate visa type and work authorization may be required. Foreign Nationals may not volunteer while awaiting work authorization or change in status. For questions related to volunteer activities for foreign nationals, please contact the Office of International Affairs at 614-292-6101.

If you are interested in volunteering at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please view their volunteer information.

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