Undergraduate March Madness

We are excited to announce the establishment of our Undergraduate Research Program!

In March 2021, we held CHAIRE's version of March Madness, collecting donations to establish this program. We have had great interest from undergraduate students over the years and this program will not only train the next generation of leaders in human-animal interactions but bring benefits to a wide array of industry members. Below we provide details for the establishment of this program, including a video from CHAIRE Co-Director Dr. Kelly George and Program Coordinator Brittany Fischer and an Investor Opportunity White Paper. It is with your support that we will be able to make this opportunity for undergraduate students a reality.

View CHAIRE Investor Opportunity White Paper


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CHAIRE Undergraduate Research Goal:

Our goal is to fund three students each quarter, one per focus area, totaling 12 students each year. The cost to fund one student for a sixth-month project is $1,000 and we hope to raise $12,000 during March madness. So far we have raised $2,000 from several donors, Shawn Althauser, Robert Williams, and Rae Safaris, and we thank them for their generous support. Any donation, regardless of amount will make a difference for students.

Undergraduate Student Requirements and Deliverables:

In order to be selected, students will submit research proposals to CHAIRE. Upon completion of each sixth-month project, students will complete a written report and create a 3-minute video to be posted to CHAIRE's YouTube Channel. We plan to begin accepting student proposals in fall 2021, for research projects to start spring and summer of 2022.

How to Donate:

Donations can be made by following the link below. Once you click the link you will be redirected to The Ohio State University Give Now page where you can choose your donation amount and add it to your giving list. All donors will have the opportunity to choose which focus area to allocate funds, if they choose to do so, and you can write this in the Special Instructions section. Our focus areas are: Welfare & Behavior, Conservation, and Companionship/Zooeyia.

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