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Become a Research Ambassador

OUR hires undergraduate students with research, creative, and scholarly experience to provide peer mentoring to incoming and current NC State students interested in undergraduate research. The Ambassadors assist the OUR in promoting undergraduate research across campus within all disciplines.

CALS Researcher Ricardo Hernandez and student Mark Watson, who leads the vertical farming club, work with lettuce plants at the Horticulture field lab near the Arboretum. Photo by Marc Hall

*The OUR and the Council on Undergraduate Research [CUR] defines undergraduate research as an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. Undergraduate research—a term that encompasses scholarship and creative activity—is recognized as a high-impact educational practice that has the ability to capture student interest and create enthusiasm for and engagement in an area of study.


  • Attend and present at student organization and classroom talks, Experience NC State, OUR Open House during Wolfpack Welcome Week, University Open House, and other on campus events
  • Hold office hours where students will be able to schedule a meeting and/or stop in to talk and ask questions with regards to undergrad research
  • Bridge mentor relations and build partnerships within their College
  • Various other tasks will be assigned and available for students, including assisting with events, supporting office staff, etc.

Required Qualifications:

  • A current undergraduate student enrolled at NC State (in any discipline)
  • Good academic standing
  • At least 1 full year (combination of two semesters) of undergraduate research/creative experience at NC State
  • Actively conducting research or creative works
  • Commit to attending training at the beginning of each semester

Qualities we are seeking: 

  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to present effectively and communicate to varying audiences
  • Self-motivated, friendly and relatable
  • Willing and able to actively participate


  • $15.00 per hour paid bi-weekly as a university student employee
  • Option to have this position as a Federal Work-Study employee


  • Experience in communication and public relations (meeting people, public speaking, representing the OUR), which develops the skills and confidence vital to success in job interviews and career advancement
  • Opportunity to work with and learn from DASA Administrators
  • Broaden contacts among faculty, staff, students, and administration for help on campus and references upon graduation
  • Opportunity to develop leadership skills
  • Confidence through inspiring and motivating others