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Information for Minors, Parents and References

Please note that the training requirements for research volunteers were updated slightly September 5, 2018.

Minors must be 16 – 17 years old.

How do I become a re​search volunteer?

  • Find a principal investigator whose research you are interested in.
    • The principal investigator (often referred to as the PI) is the person leading the research. This person could also be referred to as a faculty mentor, researcher, investigator ​or scientist.
    • Click here to learn more about the departments and organizations within the Ohio State College of Medicine and Office of Health Sciences.
  • Carefully review the Guidelines for Research Volunteers​​​ document.
  • Fill out an application at go.osu.edu/comresearchvolunteers​​. ​Before you start, you will need the following:
    • Scanned copy of driver license or other government-issued ID
    • Scanned copy of current health insurance card or documentation
    • Scanned copy of visa stamp from your passport (if applicable)
    • Name and contact information for an emerg​ency contact
    • Name and contact information for your local primary care practitioner
    • Name and contact in formation for your parent or legal guardian
    • Name and contact information for two references who are not relatives. These can be people such as a teacher or guidance counselor
  • The two references that you have listed will be sent a link so they can answer some questions about you.
  • Sign the Research Volunteer Requirements document
    • You will and your parent/legal guardian will receive an email with instructions for signing the Research Volunteer Requirements electronically.
    • The requirements document will first be signed by the volunteer and then routed to the parent/legal guardian.
    • The document will then be routed for signature by the principal investigator and chair/director.
  • Once the application is complete, you will be contacted regarding the following steps:
    • Criminal background check (conducted by the Ohio State Wexner​ Medical Center, including fingerprints)
    • Finding your way - ID Processing
    • Tuberculosis screening or other immunizations may be required, depending on the activities you will be doing
    • Training appropriate for the activities you will be doing

Personnel working with minors have additional requirements they must meet. Please visit the Minors on Campus page for more information.

Information for references

You will be asked the following questions about the research volunteer:

  • Please describe the volunteer’s attributes that demonstrate his/her ability to be a responsible member of a research group.
  • Describe the reliability and willingness of the research volunteer, and whether he/she will be able to commit to volunteering in a research environment.
  • Has the volunteer maintained a C average or above and maintained regular school attendance?
  • Many volunteers who work in medical research may have frequent contact with very sick people and their families. In light of the research volunteer’s personality and current level of maturity, do you feel comfortable recommending him/her for placement in a medical center research setting? Why or why not?

Please contact ResearchVolunteers@osumc.edu​ with any questions.

Page last updated 09/05/2018​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​