Prospective Students

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ESL student researchers are actively enrolled as students in The Ohio State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. We have exciting research opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students, in addition to enriching coursework taught by ESL faculty.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

ECE offers enriching coursework in a variety of topics of interest to ESL students including antennas, electromagnetics, computational electromagnetics, wireless propagation and remote sensing, optics, analog and RF circuits, and more. Visit the ECE website for a complete list of courses.

Prospective Graduate Students

Prospective Undergraduate Students

Graduate Research Associate (GRA) Opportunities

ESL offers GRA appointments to students enrolled in graduate studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

  • A GRA appointment provides a stipend and all academic tuition and fees are waived.
  • Allowances can be made for health insurance coverage.
  • GRA appointments are renewable contingent upon satisfactory academic progress, research performance and the availability of funds.
  • A half-time GRA at ESL is required to spend 20 hours per week on specified research tasks and carry at least nine semester hours of graduate courses or research credit per semester.
  • The research effort is under sponsored ESL contracts and grants, most of which are in the areas of electromagnetics, antennas, scattering, wireless communications, signal processing, remote sensing, and optics. While a GRA usually focuses on a particular topic, the appointments themselves are backed by ESL and not just a single research project.

Research at ESL is done within a research team framework. In fact, ESL GRAs normally have the luxury to align their project research topic with their Master's thesis and PhD dissertation. They participate in paper presentations and status reports and converse with industry and government sponsors. This is one reason ESL graduate students receive so many recruiting offers when they are ready to graduate.

Refer to the faculty directory for ESL professors in your research areas of interest.


University Fellowships

University fellowships are very competitive because they are awarded from a College of Engineering's entire pool of candidates. The submission of candidates for these fellowships is completed by the Electrical Engineering faculty and decisions are made in early March.

Students are selected based on:

  1. Academic records
  2. Letters of recommendation
  3. Statement of purpose
  4. GRE scores
  5. Potential to be successful in a graduate program.

Both international and U.S. students are equally eligible for awards. As recipients of the fellowship, students receive a monthly stipend in addition to a tuition waiver and health insurance subsidy. Please see the Graduate School Website for more information about these opportunities.

ESL Contacts

Christopher Ball
Interim Director

Michelle Diefenbach
Assistant to the Director
Tel: (614) 292-6191