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Diplomacy Lab


The Fall 2024 Diplomacy Lab Project Menu has been released, with 70 projects from offices and embassies throughout the State Department, suitable for a wide range of course levels and disciplines.

The proposal is short and straightforward: DipLab coordinator Angela Brintlinger will collect the bids for submission; please submit them to brintlinger.3@osu.edu by Monday, March 4.

Bidding Reminders:

  • Only bid on projects you can undertake if selected, there are no alternate or back-up bids. But, to ensure that everyone who wants to participate can secure a project, there will be a Round 2 with projects that remain unclaimed as of March 8; that new Project Menu will be available in early April
  • Please keep in mind that DipLab projects are designed for teams of students and not as individual study projects. A team can be as small as two students, but unfortunately we cannot support projects intended to be carried out by a sole student researcher.

Questions? Ask Angela or Dorry Noyes. If you see cool projects that you think your colleagues might like to tackle with a team of students, please share the menu and have them get in touch with us! We stand ready to help implement the first iteration of Ohio State Diplomacy Lab projects.

Note that the State Department is hosting an April “Diplomacy Lab Fair” in Washington, DC and if you and your team of students would like to attend in 2025, we will work to find funds to help!

About the Diplomacy Lab

The Mershon Center is the institutional host at Ohio State for the Diplomacy Lab, a program offering real-life research opportunities for students in cooperation with US embassies and the Department of State. Projects are situated across the world and address a range of policy challenges including public health, energy security, women’s economic inclusion, extremism, emerging technologies, accessibility, climate change, human rights, disinformation, sustainability, and more

Prior to each semester, the Lab provides its partner academic institutions with a menu of research topics. Faculty bid on these to develop group course projects at levels ranging from GEs to graduate work. (The proposal process is simple.) During the semester, students have several opportunities to consult with State Department experts; course-end deliverables vary by project. Students learn about the work of the Department and have an opportunity to influence its global cooperation initiatives through their research.

The first DL collaborations will roll out in Autumn 2024. Students, you can watch this space for a list of them by the end of Spring 2024. Faculty interested in exploring the possibilities should contact the 2024-2025 DL coordinator, Angela Brintlinger of the Department of Slavic Languages and Cultures. 

Slides from an informational session in January can be found here, and the session recording and sample project menus are available upon request.