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Research Volunteers


Thank you for your interest in The Ohio State University College of Medicine (COM) and Office of Health Sciences (OHS) research volunteer program!

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

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 (OSU/OSUWMC) 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 benefitting 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.

Click here to learn more about the departments and organizations within the Ohio State College of Medicine and Office of Health Sciences.

If you are interested in volunteering at the hospital, please view their website here.

Please click on the appropriate link on the left to get more information about the research volunteer program.

Guidelines for Research Volunteers​​​

Application for research volunteers: go.osu.edu/comresearchvolunteers

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

Page last updated 09/05/2018.​​