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Jul 14
Ohio State, University District Organization partner to add full-time social worker to off-campus area

The Ohio State University is working with community partners to bring on a full-time social worker dedicated to helping housing-vulnerable people in the off-campus area. The hiring is one of several university initiatives designed to support the neighborhoods and residents surrounding Ohio State’s campus.

Beginning this summer, a social worker from Southeast Healthcare will work in the off-campus area, with a special emphasis on North High Street, to provide outreach and offer resources and support to people who are homeless, housing insecure, or in need of other assistance. Southeast Healthcare, based in Ohio, has a long history of helping the state’s most vulnerable populations.

While the social worker’s coverage area includes campus itself, the person will focus on the adjacent University District area.

Offering proactive social service outreach in the University District is one of the recommendations made in Ohio State’s Task Force on Community Safety and Well-Being. Since its inception in fall 2020, the task force has put forth 15 recommendations that include a variety of strategies, acknowledging that “safety” means different things to different people.

As a highly trained Licensed Independent Social Worker, the person will also supervise College of Social Work undergraduate and graduate students who are acquiring experience as part of their in-the-field training. These students will gain valuable knowledge and build connections to the community, while extending the reach and impact of the new University District social worker.

“There’s a strong need for a dedicated professional to operate in the University District, and I’m thrilled that we can help meet it,” said College of Social Work Dean Tom Gregoire. “Our students will benefit greatly from this initiative and get a personal view of the issues that can lead to housing vulnerability.”

Once established, the social worker will work with community and university partners, including local businesses, law enforcement and students, staff and faculty, to get individuals help and assist with obtaining shelter and permanent supportive housing, counseling and treatment services. The social worker will make public their contact information to more easily connect with community members who may see someone who could use their services.

Ohio State continues to work to build a more empathetic community in the University District. Since February, for example, the Office of Student Life, through a grant from the Center for HumanKindness at the Columbus Foundation, has partnered with the College of Social Work and University District Organization to engage with people who are homeless or housing challenged in the North High Street area. Together, they’ve distributed 1,000 pairs of socks, hundreds of care bags and offered the services of a mobile health clinic operated by Southeast Healthcare. Ohio State has also partnered with the Reeb Avenue Center to distribute food vouchers and bus passes to those who need them.

The university has worked closely with the University District Organization on the new partnership. The nonprofit has helped to identify the needs of the off-campus community.

“Our partners in the University District have often asked how to best help the most vulnerable in the area,” said Matt Hansen, executive director of the University District Organization. “Dedicating a social worker to work full-time with this population is a great step toward providing people services and assistance they may need.”

Written by 

Tom Knox

Ohio State News

Original Story

Jul 07
For female vampire bats, an equal chance to rule the roost

​Female vampire bats establish an egalitarian community within a roost rather than a society based on a clear hierarchy of dominance that is often seen in animal groups, a new study suggests.

Researchers observed more than 1,000 competitions for food among a colony of 33 adult female bats and juveniles living in captivity, assigning a rank to each bat based on a calculation of wins and losses in those contests.

The team found that, unlike in many mammal societies, the higher-ranking animal didn’t necessarily win every bout over food, and there was a randomness to the ranking order – no specific quality they measured gave a bat a better chance at dominance, so any adult female had an equal opportunity to rank very high or very low on a scale of dominance in the roost.

Traditionally, research on group-living animals – especially primates – in the wild has focused on how a dominance structure factors into survival, longevity and healthy offspring, and only later considered the importance of friendship in those same communities.

Senior study author Gerald Carter has worked in reverse order. His research on highly social female vampire bats, whose behaviors resemble what’s been observed in some primate groups, has focused on cooperation, finding that vampire bats make “friends” through a gradual buildup of trust and show signs of maintaining those friendships in the wild.

“We realized we don’t know anything about dominance among female vampire bats, so this is a first step in the direction of trying to identify how similar they are to primates in this way,” said Carter, assistant professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology at The Ohio State University. “We can say quite clearly that they’re definitely not like some of the well-studied primates. They don’t have a very clear social rank that they’re constantly enforcing.”

The study is published today (July 7, 2021) in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

The research team video-recorded 1,023 competitive interactions concerning food over three months in a captive colony of common vampire bats at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. The colony consisted of 24 adult females captured from two distant sites as well as nine young bats – four males and five females.

Winners and losers were identified from five types of events at the blood-meal feeders: displacement of a feeding bat by an intruding bat with or without physical contact; a feeding bat’s maintenance of its position following an approach by another bat, with or without contact; and a nearby bat waiting to eat until after a feeding bat leaves the feeder.

Researchers assigned social rank to individual bats based on wins and losses and found widespread variability in adult female bat rankings, with essentially no predictors for how these community arrangements played out. No associations were found between body size, age and reproductive status and dominance ranking, and common vampire bat behaviors of grooming and sharing food were not associated with social rank. Being related to each other had no effect. The only possible predictor detected, when male juveniles were excluded, was smaller forearms in the more dominant adult females.

When compared to data that exists on communities of female yellow baboons and female long-tailed macaques, the vampire bats were also far less likely to show a consistent pattern of wins by the more dominant community members.

“Basically, with these primates, almost 100% of the time the dominant individual wins,” Carter said. “With vampire bats, even when you have two individuals that are 10 rankings apart, the more dominant individual is not necessarily displacing the other one.”

The findings suggested that young males are subordinate to adult females, and the same is likely to be true for adult males because they are smaller than female vampire bats. Previous research has shown that male vampire bats do compete with each other and fight – and within a colony, males tend to focus on establishing territory rather than carrying on social relationships.

A comparison of group-level dominance measures between female vampire bats and 14 other documented female mammal groups – including African elephants, bison and numerous primates – placed the bats as either 12th or 15th in the overall dominance ranking, depending on the metric used.

Though the single study of animals in captivity doesn’t provide all the answers, the research does suggest vampire bats live in communities that are “more fluid and open,” Carter said. A fluid and open society is different from, but not necessarily better than, a group characterized by dominance and hierarchy, he noted. A clear power structure actually helps prevent conflict.

“In a group of animals that’s always together, it’s really important to work out who’s dominant, because when you come across food, you all come across that food together,” he said.

“With vampire bats, they have this society inside of a tree, and all of the relationships are worked out. But we think vampire bats don’t hunt as a stable group – they go out and forage, and come back together. So what that means is that they’re not always coming across a food resource together and having to decide who’s going to get access to it first.”

This work was supported by the STRI and the National Science Foundation.

Co-authors Rachel Crisp and Lauren Brent of the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom also worked on the study.

By Emily Caldwell

Ohio State News

Original Story

Jun 30
Most US adults fall short of cancer-prevention dietary guidelines

The vast majority of American adults eat a dietary pattern that falls short of meeting national dietary guidelines for cancer prevention, a new study shows.

When researchers analyzed the dietary intake of more than 30,000 American adults according to body mass index (BMI), the results also showed that people with BMIs in the obese range were the least likely to adhere to the dietary recommendations intended to reduce the risk for cancer.

The analysis measured self-reported dietary recalls and diet quality. Though the percentages of American adults who met each food source category differed, between almost 63% and 73% fell short of the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables and whole grains, and roughly 90% failed to meet the 30 grams of fiber per day recommendation.

The cancer-prevention guidelines updated by the American Institute for Cancer Research
(AICR) in 2018 and the American Cancer Society nutrition and physical activity guideline closely mirror the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – suggesting that most U.S. adults are eating a suboptimal dietary pattern when it comes to nutrition-related disease prevention.

“We’re looking at individuals to move toward a primarily plant-based type of dietary pattern rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and beans, peas, lentils, seeds and nuts – and cutting back on saturated fats and sodium,” said senior study author Colleen Spees, associate professor of medical dietetics in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The Ohio State University. “Modifying our current dietary and physical activity patterns to better align with these evidence-based guidelines over time is important to reduce the risk of noncommunicable disease and promote lifelong health and wellness.

“If Americans adopt these recommendations, they can reduce their risk of obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke and high blood pressure.”

The study is published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The research team used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which collects health information on a nationally representative sample of about 5,000 individuals in the U.S. every year through interviews, laboratory tests and physical exams.

The sample for this study included 30,888 adults age 18 and older. The Ohio State researchers analyzed data from 24-hour dietary recalls participants completed as part of the NHANES survey as well as their BMI.

Almost 70% of the sample were classified as overweight or obese, and adults in the obesity range (35.9% of all participants) were significantly less likely than other adults to meet recommended intakes of fiber, fruit, non-starchy vegetables and whole grains. Adults with obesity were also more likely to exceed the recommended 18 ounces per week of red meat and to have consumed fast food on the day of survey participation.

All groups, on average, consumed more added sugars than the recommended maximum of less than 10% of overall daily calories.

While basing the analysis on what survey participants reported eating over the previous 24 hours is a limitation of the study, Spees noted that previous studies have shown that 24-hour recalls can provide a representative snapshot of American dietary patterns.

Spees said these results may also reflect common “reductionist” views of dietary patterns among Americans – namely, the fixation on fad diets that often exclude certain food groups that the public is led to believe can cancel out a lifetime of marginal eating patterns.

“Is coconut oil good for me? Is a single egg good for me, or not?” she said. “That’s a reductionist view and perspective when what really shapes and defines our health outcomes throughout life are dietary patterns – the cumulative patterns over time, and over years – as well as our patterns of behaviors, including our physical activity, our sleep patterns, our stress levels.

“It almost appears as if many Americans believe that if they can’t follow all of the recommendations, why should they adhere to any of them? And that’s just not the case. These guidelines don’t have to be so prescriptive. Even little changes in behavior can have a huge impact. For instance, reducing added sugars can help individuals achieve and maintain a healthy weight status over time.”

The USDA and cancer-prevention agencies are the most reliable sources for not just what the guidelines are, but how to incorporate them into daily life, said Spees, also an investigator in Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Meeting some of the guidelines is far better than disregarding expert advice altogether, she said: Eat out at fast food restaurants a little less often and find tasty ways to incorporate more vegetables, grains and beans into meals prepared at home. If you can’t exercise the suggested 150 minutes per week, then simply sit less and move more. And as you make such changes, do it gradually, in a way that is sustainable – and ideally, for the rest of your life.

While this study found that people whose BMIs classify them as obese were the least likely to adhere to the guidelines, Spees said there is a bigger problem to consider: “Most Americans, regardless of weight status, have much to improve when it comes to dietary patterns.”

Co-authors include Madisyn Good, Ashlea Braun and Christopher Taylor, all from Ohio State.

By Emily Caldwell

Ohio State News

Original Story Link

Jun 23
Ten Ohio State students receive Fulbright awards

1920_160130img-2547.jpgTen students from The Ohio State University received Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the 2021-2022 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Fulbright participants will study, conduct research and teach abroad for the 2021-2022 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected in an open, merit-based competition that considers leadership potential, academic and/or professional achievement and record of service.

“Ohio State continues its record of excellence in producing Fulbright Students with this latest round of award recipients,” said President Kristina M. Johnson. “That is a testament to the academic rigor our institution provides and to the deep and abiding commitment our students have to embodying our land grant mission of service to the greater – in this case, global – community. This exciting opportunity will enable award recipients to broaden their world view and share their knowledge on an international stage. I cannot wait to see what’s in store for them.”

Fulbright students join a network of thousands of alumni, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 60 Nobel Prize laureates, 88 Pulitzer Prize recipients and 39 who have served as a head of state or government.

The program is administered at Ohio State through the Undergraduate Fellowship Office for undergraduate students and at the Graduate School through Fellowship Services for graduate students.

Ohio State awardees include:

  • Timothy Clott – Morocco Study/Research – Political Science

  • Emily Hardick – Belgium Study/Research – History

  • Eyako Heh – Canada Study/Research – Major: Political Science; Minor: Geography

  • Corey Khan – Slovak Republic English Teaching Assistant – Major: History; Minor: Economics

  • Owen Morrish – United Kingdom Study/Research – Majors: Migration Studies, Romance Studies; Minor: Psychology

  • Kerstin Norris – South Korea English Teaching Assistant – Majors: International Studies, Korean; Minor: Spanish

  • Aaron Skinner – Colombia Study/Research – Environment & Natural Resources

  • Alexander St. Leger – Moldova English Teaching Assistant – Major: International Studies; Minor: Spanish

  • Sarah Stork – Poland English Teaching Assistant – Comparative Studies

  • Sarah Stradling (’20) – Germany English Teaching Assistant – Majors: German, International Studies, History; Minor: Philosophy

Additionally, nine students have been named alternates for Fulbright grants:

  • Caroline Corona (’19) – United Kingdom Study/Research – Majors: City and Regional Planning, Public Management, Leadership, and Policy; Minors: Economic and Community Development

  • Fatima Dahir – Malaysia English Teaching Assistant – Majors: Public Management, Leadership, and Policy, Geography

  • Rachel Harris – Kenya English Teaching Assistant – Major: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Katherine Holland – North Macedonia English Teaching Assistant – Majors: Biology, Anthropology

  • Ryan Huston – Thailand Study/Research – Microbiology

  • Abigail McGowan (’20) – United Kingdom Study/Research – Majors: Political Science, International Relations and Diplomacy; Minors: Chinese, History

  • Christian Moore (’19) – Georgia Study/Research – Major: Landscape Architecture

  • Sarah Schneider – Germany English Teaching Assistant – Majors: Studio Art, German

  • Jaden Tatum – Tanzania Study/Research – Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

The Fulbright Program, marking its 75th anniversary in 2021, is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. A dedicated 75th anniversary website – – is being updated throughout this year to showcase anniversary events and to facilitate ongoing engagement. 

Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants from over 160 countries the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright program is an annual appropriation by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, and corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. 

Undergraduates interested in applying to the U.S. Student Program should contact and graduate students should contact

Jun 16
Ohio State updates return-to-campus guidance and health protocols

​Interim Senior Vice President for Talent, Culture and Human Resources and Senior Adviser to the President Paul Patton delivered the following message to the campus community on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

Dear Colleagues,

Ohio State’s faculty and staff — including our graduate student employees — are at the core of our ability to deliver on Ohio State’s mission, and you will play a central role in the success of our reactivated campuses.

On behalf of all of our leaders, I appreciate your many contributions over the past year, whether you were working on campus, in the medical center, from home or in a hybrid situation. With wide availability of vaccines and continued safety protocols, it will be exciting to see many more of you in person as preparations continue for autumn semester, which begins August 24.

Today, I am pleased to share our philosophy and expectations and to address key questions that we have heard about this reactivation process — recognizing that some faculty, staff and graduate students have been working in person during the entire pandemic.

Given the size and complexity of Ohio State, there will not be a one-size-fits-all answer to address what work will look like during the reactivation process. A common principle will guide our approach that “We will combine the power of our residential, in-person experiences with what we have learned about ourselves and our operations in the course of the pandemic to emerge as a transformed university. In short, reactivated Ohio State campuses will be even more impactful than they were before the pandemic.”

To address common questions:

  • Will employees be required to work in person? Many employees will be expected to work on our campuses to support our mission as a national research and education leader and academic health center. Using a common framework from the Office of Human Resources, leaders in your area will be making decisions about work responsibilities based on the mission and needs of your college or area as well as the roles of individual employees.

  • Will telework or flexible schedules be allowed? This will be determined by individual colleges and areas based on the needs and mission of your area. There are certainly some circumstances where telework or flexible work schedules will be appropriate.

  • When will we learn the plan for our area? Leaders of each major Ohio State area — deans for college and regional campuses, vice presidents or senior vice presidents of university support units, and senior leaders in the Wexner Medical Center — are expected to finalize their plans by July 15. The HR website offers detailed planning tools for managers and leaders. We do not envision that each front-line manager would be responsible for creating a plan for their individual team.

  • How much time will I have to prepare to return? Where possible, managers will provide at least 30 days’ notice before asking faculty and staff to return to campus. Some individuals may return more quickly — if managers determine that workspaces and operations are in place to support them. Autumn classes begin August 24, so our plans for in-person work must reflect that timing.

  • What health measures are required to return? We continue to respond to changes in public health guidance. For fully vaccinated people, masks are no longer required on Ohio State’s campuses except for in Wexner Medical Center facilities and on public transportation – in accordance with public health guidelines. Fully vaccinated individuals are also no longer required to physically distance. Individuals who are not vaccinated are required to continue wearing masks indoors and physically distancing at all times. More broadly, employees must follow all expectations listed on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website, which will continue to be updated as protocols evolve with updated health guidance. At the Wexner Medical Center, there are additional safety measures and masking guidance in place. Vaccination is strongly encouraged for everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated. It is not required. Vaccines protect you and those around you, and a high vaccination rate will allow our campuses to more fully return to “normal” activities.

To continue refining our overall public health response, the university is asking employees to voluntarily share their vaccine information by completing this simple form. This information will be used for contact tracing, isolating/quarantining or other individual case decisions in the event of a COVID-19 exposure, as aggregate data to determine the percentage of vaccinated Ohio State students, faculty and staff, and to drive decisions on public health measures needed for the Ohio State community.

I acknowledge there are many perspectives on the reactivation of campuses. Individuals have specific questions about what their workplace will be like when they return. Please continue to use the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website for the latest information about the university’s approach.

Our guidance will continue to evolve based on science, data and expertise of public health leaders, and we want to be clear that our focus will not change. The safety of our campus community is always the university’s top priority and preparing to reactivate our campuses is based on evidence that supports our return.

Thank you for your commitment to our community. You will be hearing from leaders of your college or area as plans evolve.


Paul N. Patton

Senior Advisor to the President

Interim Senior Vice President, Talent, Culture and Human Resources

Original Publication Link

Jun 09
Ohio State outpaces graduation goals set by national coalition of universities

The Ohio State University and the University Innovation Alliance announced today that the consortium’s member institutions have far exceeded graduation targets set during the 2014 College Opportunity Summit.

Ohio State is among the 11 founding members of the UIA, a national consortium of public research universities working to improve student success. At its launch, UIA presidents set a goal to graduate an additional 68,000 students above their baseline projections over the course of 10 years, and committed to ensuring that half of those graduates would come from low-income backgrounds.

Six years in, the UIA schools have exceeded that goal by graduating an additional 73,573 students, increasing the number of graduates from low-income backgrounds by 36% and graduates of color by 73%. The institutions are now projected to graduate a total of 136,000 students by 2023. That would double the original goal launched at the White House College Opportunity Day of Action in 2014.

Since the launch of the UIA, Ohio State has graduated an additional 11,096 students above the university’s baseline projections – including increasing the number of low-income graduates by 33% and graduates of color by 70%.

“Ohio State is dedicated to ensuring that all students, especially low-income students and students of color, have the resources and support they need to succeed and ultimately graduate,” said President Kristina M. Johnson. “We remain committed, in the next decade, to becoming the first university to offer a zero-debt bachelor’s degree at scale.” 

As part of UIA’s next phase of work, campuses will focus on eliminating disparities in educational outcomes based on race and ethnicity, income, generational status, gender and geography. UIA members remain committed to producing more graduates, collaborating on innovation, sharing data transparently and practicing fiscal discipline.

“The Ohio State University and its leadership have been a critical partner in our efforts to advance an ambitious agenda on the behalf of students,” said UIA Executive Director Bridget Burns. “The campus should be very proud of its progress to date, but we all know there’s more work to be done and we look forward to this next phase of collaboration and innovation.”

Since its founding, the alliance has worked to test, iterate and scale proven student success initiatives across its network. To date, its work has included the scaling of predictive analytics, proactive advising, completion grants, a student success chatbot and new career services practices across the member institutions.

The alliance will continue to report progress toward its defined goals and share the lessons learned from its work. Most recently, the alliance released its Completion Grant Playbook, based on its pilot to provide small grants with a total value of $3.6 million to help nearly 5,000 students complete their degree or remain enrolled in a university.

Jun 02
Alexander St. Leger awarded Fulbright to Moldova

Alexander St Leger Head Shot.JPGThe Ohio State University alumnus Alexander St. Leger ‘21, international studies major and Spanish minor, has been awarded a U.S. Student Fulbright Grant to teach English in Moldova during the 2021-2022 academic year. While performing his teaching duties, St. Leger will organize American entertainment nights.

Fulbright grants are awarded by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board based on academic and professional achievement, as well as awardees’ record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

The Fulbright program offers grants to over 140 countries, and each country notifies recipients on their own timeline. Undergraduates who will earn their bachelor's degree by summer 2022 and graduate students are eligible to apply for the next cycle of U.S. Student Fulbright grants. Applicants with undergraduate status should visit for more information, or e-mail

May 12
Anand Shah Driven to Serve

Shah.jpgAnand Shah is a 2021 The Ohio State University graduate who has stepped up to serve others on our campus and beyond. A Biomedical science major, Shah has focused his work on helping to improve children's health.

Major: Biomedical Science. Minor in Economics and Real Estate.

What’s Next: Shah will be a business analyst on health care projects at McKinsey & Company. After two years, he will begin an MD/MBA program focusing on pediatrics before ultimately working in hospital administration. 

Scholarships: The Eminence Fellows Program and Biomedical Science scholarships.

Involvement: Buckeye Leadership FellowBuckeyeThonBuckeye Undergraduate Consulting ClubGenesis XPhi Gamma Delta FraternityStudent Alumni Council; Undergraduate Student Trustee on The Ohio State University Board of Trustees.

Mentors: Felix Alonso (BuckeyeThon), Rob Jech and Beth Johnson (Buckeye Leadership Fellows program), Steven Mousetes (Biomedical Science advisor), Rebecca Ward (Eminence Fellows Program), Chris Taylor (research mentor), Jessica Eveland (Board of Trustees secretary).

“I’ve found a mentor at Ohio State for every facet of my life,” Shah said. “That’s why I love Ohio State. The culture is ‘How do I help other people?’ I would be nowhere without my mentors.”

Promoting Lifelong Health: Shah has a passion for helping children lead healthier lives. Three initiatives and organizations he’s devoted to illustrate this: SmileChild, BuckeyeThon and Nike Project Move. His undergraduate research, recently presented at a national conference in Oakland, California, on health disparities and at the Denman Research Forum, is dedicated to infant mortality and maternal health.

“If you can improve someone’s health, you can improve their life and if you improve their life, the possibilities are endless,” Shah said. “Children have this level of optimism and imagination I don’t think is paralleled by any age group. And that’s the thing that’s pushed me. When thinking about health, it starts at the very beginning.”

SmileChild: As a freshman in the Eminence Fellow Program, Shah co-founded SmileChild, a nonprofit that fights infant mortality in Columbus through an app that provides mothers with education and resources.

“We fight infant mortality so every child has the chance to smile,” Shah said. “The app incentivizes mothers to learn about infant health and maternal health with the sole focus of being able to improve their lives and the lives of their children.”

Shah and his team have started doing large-scale trials through the Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital to test the app’s efficacy, which could mean considerable future funding.

“It’s been phenomenal to see it grow,” Shah said.

BuckeyeThon: The student organization fights pediatric cancer and child-related illnesses. This year, the annual dance marathon was virtual. And even in the midst of the pandemic, the organization marked its 20th anniversary by raising over $2 million for the first time.

“Our mentality this year was pediatric cancer didn’t stop because COVID was here, so we’re going to continue to show up and raise money,” Shah said.

Serving during the Pandemic: “Although this has been a bad year for a lot of reasons, it’s brought out the best in people. It’s demonstrated the pride and devotion people in our community have for wanting to give back.

“In a year when everyone was supposed to be far apart, everyone came together. This year really proved people in Columbus and at Ohio State aren’t just in it for themselves or when it’s easiest. They’re in it for the sake of being devoted to the causes they care about. And pandemic or not, they’re going to make the things they care about work.”

May 11
​Kerstin Norris awarded Fulbright to South Korea

Kerstin Norris Head Shot.pngKerstin Norris, senior double major in international studies and Korean with a minor in Spanish, has been awarded a U.S. Student Fulbright Grant to teach English in South Korea during the 2021-2022 academic year. An International Affairs Scholar, Kerstin will implement film screenings to connect with her host community.

Fulbright grants are awarded by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as awardees' record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.
The Fulbright program offers grants to over 140 countries, and each country notifies recipients on their own timeline.

Undergraduates who will earn their bachelor's degree by summer 2022 and graduate students are eligible to apply for the next cycle of U.S. Student Fulbright grants. Applicants with undergraduate status should visit for more information, or e-mail

May 10
Eminence Fellows Program Names Class of 2025

The Honors and Scholars Eminence Fellows Program at The Ohio State University has named 23 students to the Class of 2025. This will be the 10th class of Eminence Fellows.

The Eminence Program brings exceptional students to Ohio State. These students embrace the collaborative spirit of giving back and have demonstrated academic achievement, intellectual curiosity, and have a desire to positively impact society. This year's class was selected from a pool of 650 applications, representing 25 states. The Eminence scholarship is a full cost of attendance award with access to an enrichment grant to support out of class experiences.

Eminence Fellows have been recognized by receiving national awards and scholarships including the Rhodes, Marshall, Goldwater, Fulbright, and Knight-Hennessy. For more information, visit

Congratulations to the newest Eminence Fellows!




High School

Proposed Major

Catherine Adams



Westerville North High School

Environment & Natural Resources

Salma Albezreh



Butler High School

Public Health

Lindsey Allen

Carol Stream


Wheaton North High School

Computer & Information Science

Alexandria Asuan



Metea Valley High School


Jordan Beasley



Lindblom Math And Science Academy


Colin Brame



Saint Charles Prep High School

Biomedical Science

Benjamin Burns



Winchester High School

Data Analytics

Defne Ceyhan



Upper Arlington High School

Data Analytics

Lauren Clar



Beachwood High School

Mechanical Engineering

Abigail Dumm



Westlake High School


Ryan Elaoud



Tasis, American School

Biomedical Science

Nesochim Iheanyi-Igwe



River Hill High School

Chemical Engineering

Haanya Ijaz



Hilliard Davidson High School


Olivia Kalczynski



Mater Dei High School

Animal Sciences

Owen Kovalik



Archbishop Hoban High School

Chemical Engineering

Rita Kret

New Albany


New Albany High School

Chemical Engineering

Olivia Marrero 



Jackson High School

Environmental Science

Madeline Price



Shaker Heights High School


Weston Ruffer



Archbold High School

Food, Agriculture, and Biological Engineering

Anitvir Taunque

West Chester


Lakota West High School

Biomedical Science

Selena Weaver



West Liberty Salem High School


John Wright



Dayton Regional Stem School


Grace Zhang

Chagrin Falls


Hathaway Brown School

Political Science

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