Student Research & Engagement in Pre-Professional Health Studies

Student Research Opportunities

Otterbein faculty welcome students into their research programs, and you may have the opportunity to do research as early as your first year. Our students and faculty have conducted research on and off campus – in labs, fields, streams, zoos, hospitals and even in other countries. You may also have the opportunity to present your research on campus, locally and nationally, and publish in scientific journals. Our students have presented their research at the American Society for Microbiology, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Chemical Society, the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology and the Ohio Academy of Science.

The Otterbein Student Research Fund grants Student Research and Student Presentation awards to enrolled undergraduate students to help defray the costs associated with student research and travel to conferences to present research. To learn more about research opportunities at Otterbein, visit

Service Learning Opportunities

Pre-professional health students have established a MEDLIFE chapter at Otterbein. MEDLIFE is a service organization whose mission is to provide health care, education and community development to underserved families and communities in South America, Tanzania and India. Otterbein students have also participated in service-learning opportunities closer to home, such as free dental and medical clinics and Habitat for Humanity.

Learn about all of Otterbein’s service opportunities here.

Learn more about service learning at Otterbein here.

Student Organizations & Honoraries

Pre-Professional Health Honor Society
Otterbein’s Ohio Gamma Chapter is a chartered member of the national pre-professional health honor society, Alpha Epsilon Delta. It encourages and recognizes academic excellence among pre-professional health students and others opportunities for intellectual and professional development.

Pi Sigma Alpha
A national honor society designed to bring together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics  Otterbein’s Alpha Gamma Kappa Chapter provides opportunities for students to share their interests in political science through a variety of activities including hosting speakers and exploring professional opportunities.

See a listing of all Otterbein’s student organizations here