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Jul 10
Kris' Corner

kris tux22.jpgHello everyone! My name is Kristopher Davis and I'm the Student Staff Assistant at the Honors & Scholars Center for the summer. My task is to keep everyone updated on campus news, programs, events, the Honors & Scholars Center, and life in general.

To start, I'll tell you a little about myself. I am a neuroscience major, Biological Science Scholar, and transitioning into neuroscience honors once I complete my pre-major. I live in Pickerington, Ohio with my dog, a cockapoo named Kody and my two kittens, Bentley and Cassondra. In addition to my work at the Honors & Scholars Center, I'm also a manager at Walmart and work there on the weekends. My hobbies include video gaming, swimming, rifle and pistol, and cooking. Now that we have you're more informed about me, let's begin the first "Kris' Corner."

kody2.jpgIt is orientation time around campus. This is a very exciting time and different than other admitted student days, such as GoBuckeyeDay. With orientation, you will schedule your first classes, take language placement tests, meet faculty members, your academic advisor, scope out your room and much more. You will be attend many events during the day and may feel overwhelmed by the sheer size of Ohio State. Don't be, campus gets small and you will find a place. Here are a few tips to help ease the minds of you incoming students!

First off, we have sessions and events planned for Honors & Scholars students and parents, which I encourage everyone to attend. There, we will explain the benefits, the G.O.A.L.S of our students and what it means to be an Honors & Scholars student. Our director, Linn Van Woerkom, along with other student (including me!) will be speaking at these sessions and can give you tons of information and opportunities you might not know about yet. Being an incoming student, you may feel like you are stepping into an unknown, vast university by yourself. This is not the case!

Honors & Scholars builds community. Living with other Honors & Scholars students helps build relationships with peers that will last a lifetime. However, this is not the only way to meet new people. At Ohio State, there are over 1,300 student organizations that can fit anyone. From drawing to shooting, from an engineering community to a community focusing on helping third world counties, we have it all.

One thing about being a first year student is not being able to get into all of the classes you want. Depending on the major, test scores from language and math, or a class being filled already, these factors can affect your chances of being in a class. You may feel like you are falling behind your peers but I promise you, you are not. As a neuroscience major, I felt obligated to take chemistry and biology my first semester but, due to my math test score, I was not allowed. At orientation, I felt distraught and mad because I felt I was falling behind my peers and could not complete my major in time. This was not the case at all.

I completed a lot of gen-eds in high school for college and in a sense, put me "ahead" of my peers. I would be stuck in my pre-major until fall of 2019, but I would still be on track to graduation, even graduate early if I choose to. This brings me to a very important point. In high school, everyone had the same straight path that guided you through it. Everyone took the same classes, got the same grades generally, and made it to college expecting the same. Ohio State will not be a straight path. You will encounter dips, changes, and hazards that will be on the road toward your degree. No road will be the same. You as an individual will control how you maneuver on your own path and will find your own way. So, in the end, do not be discouraged if you feel you are falling behind, you will always find a way to make it through. You are an Honors & Scholars student and have a vast number of people and resources at your disposal. Never give up.

To end, I would like to talk about a special meeting I had with an important figure on campus.

I met Yolanda Zepeda at the Honors and Scholars Center after she attended a meeting with my supervisors. We started a conversation about my research, she seems to take interest and invited me to her office to discuss further. In our meeting, we talked about our lives, our research, our plans, and much more. Before wrapping up our meeting, she finally informed me of her job title, Assistant Vice Provost to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  I couldn't believe that I was talking to a woman as high up as herself. It really goes to show that, if you spark a conversation with as staff or faculty member, they will be inclined to meet you and talk with you about your interests.

Miss Zepeda's willingness to speak with me was wonderful and has connected me to the Todd Bell Resource Center. She helped me set up a meeting with the program coordinator to discuss the different types of programs that would suit me. Zepeda also informed me about the numerus scholarships that ODI has that no one really applies for that often. They offer many scholarships and grants to all students and these can be gifted through their programs, by alumni still active in these programs, or through the special scholarships application. Miss Zepeda is a wonderful woman who would love to talk to more students! If you would like to know more about her, look her up on the ODI page and maybe shoot her an email if you're interested.

I think this wraps up Kris' Corner for today. I will be back soon with more exciting news from Ohio State.

Before I go, I would like to add that if you know any new students who have been accepted into Honors & Scholars and have questions, tell them to Contact Us at any time. I am on campus and would be willing to meet with any students. Have a great day!

By Kristopher Davis, Student Staff Assistant 

May 09
Nine OSU Students Offered Grants From the Fulbright U.S. Student Program


Nine Ohio State students have been offered grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the academic year 2018-2019. Fulbright grants offer one year of academic study, research, or teaching assistantship experience in more than 160 countries. Over 1,900 grants are awarded annually to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of qualifications such as their academic success, leadership capabilities, and desire to foster mutual cultural understanding.

Undergraduate students interested in applying for a Fulbright grant should contact Corey Efron at

Graduate students interested in applying for a Fulbright grant should contact Theresa Hazelwood at

​2018 Ohio State Fulbright Recipients

Rachel Beery (English Teaching Assistantship, Malaysia) – International Studies, Spanish

​Jonathon Capps (Arts, Finland) – Art

Andrew Carringer (English Teaching Assistantship, Germany) – German, Communications

Christopher Kinley (History, Greece) – History

Megan Lobert (English Teaching Assistantship, Spain) - Education

Yamilex Molina (English Teaching Assistantship, Spain) – Early Childhood Special Education

Alejandra Timmins (English Teaching Assistantship, Spain) – English, Psychology

Joshua Truett (Theater Studies, Mexico) – Theater

Hannah Young (English Teaching Assistantship, Romania) – Linguistics, Romance Languages

In addition, two students have been named to the list of Fulbright Alternates:​

Erica Gbur (English Teaching Assistantship, Russia) – Political Science, Russian

Vanja Tolj (English Teaching Assistantship, Serbia) – Neuroscience​

Apr 23
Laila Ujayli Named Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow

L Ujayli Headshot.jpgSenior honors student, honors collegium member, and Morrill Scholar Laila Ujayli has been named a Fall 2018 Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow. Ujayli, a double-major in International Relations and English with minors in Creative Writing and Business, will work in D.C. as a fellow on a project related to international peace and security. A small group of Scoville fellows are chosen twice yearly from a competitive applicant pool. Fellows receive a competitive salary as they partner with organizations like the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Brookings Institution, and the Truman Center for National Policy, among others. In addition to a stellar academic record, sustained interest in international peace, and a well-crafted policy essay, fellows must successfully interview and match with a partnering organization. Anywhere between three and ten recent graduates are named Scoville fellows each year. Ohio State students interested in applying for the Scoville fellowship or other nationally competitive awards should contact Corey Efron at

Apr 11

Sutelan1.pngEdward Sutelan is a man of many hats in the most literal sense of the phrase. He has exactly 110 (although this number may have increased in the time it took to write this article). As for metaphorical hats, the one he most recently acquired was that of the editor-in-chief of The Lantern. He is also a third-year journalism major and a member of Dunn Sports and Wellness Scholars (DSWS).

Sutelan appreciates fly-fishing, music from the 80's and 90's, and movies (both watching and occasionally reviewing). He has also been a fan of Ohio sports teams since long before he moved here for school. Nobody is quite sure how that happened, as he is from a small town in Virginia and nobody in his family had ever shown a particular affinity for Ohio sports, but it's a good thing it did, because his love for sports is part of what drew him to Ohio State. Sutelan wasn't just planning on watching the games, though. Though he had an initial interest in the business side of the sports industry, he was eventually drawn toward the journalism side instead. He already had some experience, having written for his high school newspaper and for a fantasy baseball site called RotoBaller. He also knew that if he wanted to write about strong college and professional teams, Columbus was not a bad place to be. (After all, where else could he run into Cardale Jones at a Big Sean concert?)

Another perk of attending Ohio State was the Scholars program. In his hometown of Norfolk, Virginia, Sutelan had attended the same school (Norfolk Collegiate School) from kindergarten through 12th grade. He says it was "quite the transition" to go from a school where there were not 900 students total to one where there could be nearly 900 in one lecture. "My time spent at DSWS— living on the same floor with all these Scholars that I met with in our weekly meetings— gave me a chance to build a core group of friends that I am still close with today," he says. Sutelan admits he is not always very outgoing, so having this group from the very first weeks of freshman year was invaluable.  One of his favorite H&S memories was when he was a sophomore and DSWS spent an entire afternoon canoeing down the Olentangy River. He reminisces, "I found it a great chance not only to just relax and forget about classes for a day, but it was also a good chance for me to get to know some of the first-year scholars that I did not know as well."

Aside from DSWS, most of Sutelan's time is taken up by his involvement with The Lantern. During his first year, Sutelan was intrigued by the newspaper but knew he couldn't become a beat writer until he took the required practicum class. Not one to waste any time, he got The Lantern's attention early on by developing a database of Ohio State baseball statistics, something he had already done previously for his high school team. The database allowed people to view the career stats for each player, not just their stats for the current season. Sutelan hoped this initiative would help him stand out, and it did. By spring of his freshman year, Sutelan was invited to begin covering baseball games, an opportunity he was thrilled to take. "To this day, I will say that the team that year, which won the Big Ten tournament with Ronnie Dawson, Tanner Tully, Troy Montgomery and Jacob Bosiokovic — all of whom were drafted by MLB teams that summer — was an incredibly fun team to cover and a great first experience for me to start off with The Lantern," he says.

Baseball remains Sutelan's favorite sport to cover. He is a longtime reader of Baseball America and his ultimate goal is to write for them eventually. To work his way up to it, he is open to covering college, minor league, or major league baseball after graduation. This year, Sutelan expanded his repertoire by covering some of OSU's biggest football games. It was a completely different experience from being at the baseball games, but it's one he is glad he had. "Reporting on Ohio State football feels like covering a professional sports team," he says. "The content is always very demanding because there are so many outlets covering them."

Regardless of which sport he is covering, Sutelan says that the most rewarding and the most challenging things about sports journalism are one in the same: finding a unique story. "It's very easy to go to a press conference and listen to what is said, write a story from it and publish the content," he says. "However, what isn't easy is digging deeper into the background of a player, coach or other sports figure and finding out something that no one else but you has." The research is time-consuming, but he adds that it often feels like the stories write themselves when he's passionate about the topic. Sutelan doesn't have any specific writing rituals, but listening to classical music or film scores often helps him focus.

If Sutelan could create a new column for the Lantern about anything he wanted, he would use it to raise awareness about the incredibly talented but lesser-known sports teams at OSU that many students overlook. "Students especially are fortunate to be able to watch some of the country's best amateur athletes compete for free in all the non-revenue sports, and they often don't take advantage of the opportunity to do," he observes. As just a few examples, he notes the success of the men's and women's hockey teams, the synchronized swimming team, and the men's volleyball team— and that's not even mentioning the individual athletes who get their start here. "Ohio State simultaneously had one of the best collegiate basketball players in history in Kelsey Mitchell, an Olympic gold-medalist in Kyle Snyder, two of the best college tennis players with Francesca di Lorenzo and Mikael Torpegaard, as well as Nicolas Szerszen, one of the country's best volleyball players," says Sutelan.

As he prepares to take on the role of editor-in-chief, Sutelan shares one of his favorite memories from working with The Lantern so far. For some of the football and basketball games he covered, he and the other sports staff had to take long road trips. For example, they recently embarked on a 15 hour drive to Nebraska. This may sound like an agonizingly long time to be crammed in a car, but according to Sutelan, it's not so bad when the group gets along well and has an endless supply of conversation topics. One of his favorite road trip stories happened on the Nebraska journey when they were running low on gas in the small town of Clarence, Missouri. "We drove up and approached this old gas station that had a lot of cars that appeared like they were from the 1950s. As we neared the station with little sunlight left, we noticed what appeared to be people in each of the cars," describes Sutelan. "However, it came to our attention that there were not any people in the cars at all, but rather, each one was filled with mannequins." It was the middle of the night in a quiet and unfamiliar town, so the squad was quick to flee down the road in search of a less terrifying option for fulfilling their fuel needs, never slowing down to investigate the horror movie-esque scene they left behind.

Even for a group of journalists, sometimes it's better not to ask.

​By Christina Szuch, Honors & Scholars Media Team Member

Apr 10
Thirteen Ohio State Students Awarded DAAD RISE Scholarships

​Thirteen Ohio State Students have been awarded DAAD RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) scholarships. RISE awards fund a summer for North American, British, and Irish students to conduct research at top German university and research institution laboratories. Students apply to specific labs matching their research interests in a variety of science and engineering subfields. In order to become RISE fellows, students must successfully match with their lab of choice and receive funds from the DAAD organization. German language knowledge is not required of RISE fellows as the working language in the labs is English.

With thirteen RISE fellows, Ohio State ranks number two in the United States for successful applicants after the University of Rochester, which is sending seventeen scholars to Germany this summer. In total, 315 students have been placed into German labs for this summer. Ohio State students interested in applying for the DAAD RISE program or other nationally competitive awards should contact Corey Efron at

Ohio State Students receiving the award include:

  • Michael Lee: (Honors) Mechanical Engineering
  • Scott Monnin: (Honors) Physics, English
  • Caroline Watt: (Scholars) Chemistry
  • Nathanial Hofford: (Scholars) Evolution and Ecology
  • Noah Donald: (Honors) Math
  • Mariam Emara: Mechanical Engineering
  • Benjamin Higgins: (Honors) Materials Science and Engineering
  • Caroline Jipa: (Honors) Physics, Linguistics
  • Lauren Ballard: (Honors) Biochemstry
  • Madeline Otto: (Scholars) Materials Science and Engineering
  • Sarah Schulz: (Honors) Mechanical Engineering
  • Brooke Delventhal: (Honors) Mechanical Engineering
Apr 02
Kyle DeBry Named 2018 Goldwater Scholar

Kyle DeBry.jpgAn Ohio State honors student has been recognized by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.  Sophomore Kyle DeBry was named a 2018 Goldwater Scholar, the most prestigious national award for undergraduate researchers in science, math, and engineering.  Goldwater Scholars receive an award to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500.  

Kyle, an honors student and Valentino Scholar majoring in engineering physics, plans to conduct research in the field of quantum information science, particularly in the area of quantum computing. He is currently working on a research project studying quantum key distribution and quantum machine learning under the direction of Dr. Daniel Gauthier and Dr. Gregory Lafyatis. In the course of this project, Kyle has developed a way to fabricate superconducting coaxial cables for use in his laboratory's cryostat to reduce the heat load on the coldest stage. Additionally, Kyle has fabricated superconducting nanowire single photon detectors (SNSPDs). Kyle intends to pursue a PhD during which time he will conduct experimental research with the goal of creating practically useful quantum computers.

211 scholarships were awarded to sophomores and juniors on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,280 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by colleges and universities nationwide. An additional 281 Honorable Mentions were also awarded. Each institution may only nominate four students for this award.  Since the award's inception in 1986, Ohio State has produced 56 Goldwater Scholars; forty-seven of the university's last fifty-two nominees have been recognized as a scholar or honorable mention.  ​

Mar 30

Loxley3.jpgSome of third-year Honors student Matt Loxley's favorite things in life include long-distance running and Queen Latifah. He is from Fairborn, Ohio, which he describes simply as one of those rare towns where Halloween decorations line the entirety of their main street during spooky season. This is a season during which Loxley thrives due to his love for horror films. However, he also enjoys movies that are a bit more lighthearted, his favorite being Last Holiday with—surprise!—Queen Latifah. In terms of TV shows, Loxley watches The X-Files, Stranger Things, and Bob's Burgers. His favorite musicians include Dolly Parton, The Killers, Alabama Shakes, and Grouplove. He ran his first marathon last year and finds long runs to be an excellent excuse for escaping from fellow humans for a while.​​

Loxley is majoring in both Economics and Islamic Studies. He is a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the economics honors fraternity. He is also a member of Bucket and Dipper as well as Fishbowl Improv. Recently, he began volunteering as a HIV/STI counselor at the Wilce Student Health Center, which he considers one of his most rewarding experiences at OSU. As an Honors student, Loxley notes that H&S has given him extra depth in his majors and extra breadth in completely different fields. His favorite event is the annual Kuhnival, admittedly in part because of the free food truck vouchers. However, free food aside, Loxley has gotten so much out of his H&S involvement that he decided to become a peer mentor for other H&S students. His unending loyalty to Honors can be seen each time he chooses Kuhn as his study spot, which is reportedly quite often. However, he laments that each semester, as finals week approaches, every chair and couch is suddenly filled due to the house being overrun by "fake fans."

If Loxley sounds like a rather humorous guy, it may be because he is a stand-up comedian who often performs at venues such as Kafe Kerouac and Shrunken Head. One of his claims to fame is getting heckled while hosting a burlesque show for charity. Loxley adds that the Columbus comedy scene is more vibrant than most people realize. He is currently involved with a local comedy organization called Get Weird Columbus, which puts on anything from a compliment battle to a Scooby Doo-themed Halloween show. 

His interest in comedy began the same way so many of us had our first forays into the world of awkward performance art: the 8th grade talent show. Loxley insists that it took him about five years after that to actually say anything funny, but sources are not currently available to confirm or deny this. Once he moved to Columbus, he spent months attending comedy open mics almost nightly (but adds that he still managed to get a 4.0 that semester). Though he believes he has not yet developed a distinct comedic style, he says he often uses storytelling and self-reflection to turn his own experiences—positive and negative alike—into humorous narratives. "It's like mining your own subconscious. Through reflection and comedic writing on your experiences, you get to learn and study the best subject: yourself," says Loxley. Though his jokes tend to be narrative in form, he shares a shorter one in which he uses his own identity as a source of both pride and humor. "Because I wear crop tops, a lot of people ask if I'm gay," he explains. "The short answer is yes, but the long answer is YAAAAAAS."


Loxley somehow finds time between comedy shows and volunteering to pursue two majors, something he did not originally plan on. He began as an Economics major and was all set to graduate early, but taking a course on Middle Eastern economic development sparked interest in a new field. "Islamic Studies' status as an interdisciplinary field grants me the flexibility to focus on contemporary Islamic culture, religious history, or whatever other subject I want to structure my electives around," he says. He names Dr. Ida Mirzaie as the mentor who played a critical role in helping him integrate his two very different academic interests. His knowledge of Islamic culture and current events helps economic statistics become more meaningful, providing context and perhaps even explanations for the data. Loxley's current research explores whether a rise in youth involvement with protests is correlated with changes marriage habits. For example, he wants to know whether women getting married at later ages as they play an increasingly important role in protest movements, and whether effects differ depending on level of urbanization.

Loxley recently completed an internship with the U.S. Department of State. The experience provided a chance to engage with both his academic areas of interest as he worked on the economics team for the Iraq office at the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA). "Each day started with checking email," he explains, adding (perhaps only half-jokingly) that this was "the most important thing, ever." The rest of his day rarely followed a routine, instead involving a lot of on-the-go problem-solving. He was responsible for reading all relevant news and cables on a daily basis. He says, "I had to update myself on everything that had happened in the region in areas as small as social media trends and as large as political or military movements."  During the internship, his boss also allowed him to pursue independent research. Loxley was interested in the development of American franchises in Iraq and how franchise rules and regulations need to be negotiated differently to accommodate Iraq's culture. For example, he explains that franchisees in Iraq do not agree with the idea of giving back part of their profit to the franchise owner, who they feel is not directly involved with their operations. Regulations were adjusted so that they would no longer have to pay these fees. Loxley's anecdotal research was based on phone conversations with Iraqi franchise owners, franchisees, and suppliers (which also allowed him to practice speaking Arabic!). Much to his surprise, his report was later used as briefing material for officers coming over to Iraq.

As graduation approaches, Loxley reports that the future feels much more tangible than it did during his first few years of college. "I realize that I'm not actually going to drop out and fade into oblivion," he says. In the few semesters he has left here, he plans to finish a few more submissions for comedy events and perhaps run an ultramarathon before he "gives into the bodily excesses that come with suddenly having a discretionary income."  If past performance is any predictor of future results, it is likely that he will appear on the OSU Snapchat story at least one more time. Furthermore, it is likely that he will be teaching economics in the video. It is particularly likely that his student of economics will be a dog—not any specific dog, just a dog in general, probably different from the dogs that he has appeared with the past three times he has been featured on the story, none of which belong to him.

His longer-term goals consist of continued involvement in comedy and volunteer work as well as pursuit of a job in economic analysis. Though he is not opposed to a traditional position at a private company, he would love to work as a policy consultant in the Middle East. He hopes to eventually travel to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, or Bahrain. For those who have never heard of Bahrain, Loxley explains that one of the main appeals is the gorgeous coastline of its capital, Manama.

His research has also led him to a more unexpected life goal. He feels compelled to visit Basrah, Iraq, but not for sight-seeing or career purposes. No, he needs to visit in order to experience Texas Chicken, which is apparently identical to Church's Chicken, but with a different name for marketing reasons. He learned about this through studying fast food chains in Iraq during his internship, and it has not left his mind since, though he cannot quite articulate why, simply stating "There's something about the futility of going all the way to Iraq to try something that's available here that makes me happy."

​By Christina Szuch, Honors & Scholars Media Team Member

Mar 04
STUDENT SPORTLIGHT: Katherine Kachnowski

IMG_7243111.JPG​​​If you invited this third-year Honors student to coffee, she would come…but reluctantly. That's right, Katy may be the only college student who doesn't like coffee. However, you will occasionally find her drinking tea, a taste she developed while she spent her first winter break at Ohio State in London, England with a cohort of other Honors students. She says this study abroad experience was incredible, and that getting to see sites like Trafalgar's Square, Stonehenge, and the London Eye was one of the most memorable parts of her year. In general, she has really enjoyed her Honors courses because of the small class sizes they offer and the passionate and enthusiastic professors who teach them. Another perk of being in Honors for Katy was living in the Honors Learning Community in Bradley during her freshman year. Some of the incredibly intelligent and driven people she met on "Bradley 2" are still her best friends two years later. It was important for her to find this group of close friends at Ohio State because coming to OSU from Tarrytown, New York, with a high school graduating class of 200 people was intimidating at first. She still remembers Convocation, where she was surrounded by 8,000 of her classmates and realized just how large the university truly is.

However, this size was also one of the main reasons why Katy chose to come to Ohio State in the first place. A university of this size offers so many opportunities and challenges for students both academically and in their extracurricular activities. Though she describes herself as being "in a constant state of FOMO because there is always so much going on," she loves the fact that "there is never a dull moment on OSU's campus." One of the most exciting moments Katy has experienced so far at OSU was meeting Josh Hutcherson at the Jesse Owens South Recreation Center during his 2015 visit as part of the It's On Us Campaign. She was even able to take a selfie with the star after the event! Katy has taken advantage of other opportunities, as well, both in and out of the classroom. She is currently double majoring in Integrated Language Arts Education and English, and she complements her academic workload with her involvement in organizations such as Phi Kappa Phi, the Chimes Junior Honorary, USG, and her service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. One thing she has especially loved about her involvement in this fraternity is being able to ring the Victory Bell after every Buckeye football win at Ohio Stadium. She says that even after so many Buckeye victories, "it never gets old." Through all of this, she has still had time to develop a research project in Education Psychology, which is the area she would eventually like to explore further through a PhD program after teaching for a few years and getting her Master's in Education.

It is clear that Katy is very future-focused and ambitious, but does she have any other goals she'd like to accomplish before leaving Ohio State? She says she's leaving herself "open to new opportunities" so she can continue to explore all that this school has to offer. She seems to be doing a great job of this already, so it's safe to say she will take full advantage of any opportunities that come her way in her final few semesters at OSU.

 Written By Olivia Britt, Honors & Scholars Media Team Member

Feb 28
Eminence Fellows Names Class of 2022 Finalists

The Eminence Fellows Program at The Ohio State University has named 75 Finalists for the Class of 2022.

Finalists will visit the Ohio State campus on March 23 and 24, 2018 to participate in Buckeye Bound as well as Eminence Scholarship Interview Weekend activities.  This will include a special dinner with Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Dean for Undergraduate Education, Dr. Beth Hume and distinguished Ohio State faculty and administrators.  They will have a chance to meet and talk with current Eminence Fellows at a special pre-dinner reception and enjoy listening to Ohio State's a cappella group, Scarlet Fever.  Interviews will take place the following morning at the University Honors & Scholars Center.

This year's Finalists represent 17 states, 29 Ohio cities, and 62 different high schools. Among them are a variety of student leaders, researchers, tutors, mentors, publication editors, dedicated employees, and talented musicians and artists. They have all given of their time and talents to their high schools and their communities.

The Class of 2022 will be the 7th class of Eminence Fellows and will bring exceptional students to The Ohio State University based on academic potential, character, global competency, and altruism.  The Eminence Program encourages and supports students in these areas and provides many opportunities along the way.  The scholarship includes tuition and fees, room and board, enrichment activities, and additional expenses.  Approximately 25 scholarships will be awarded this year to outstanding high school seniors for undergraduate study in any discipline at The Ohio State University.

For more information, visit


Congratulations to the 2018 Eminence Finalists!
NameCityStateHigh School 
Collin AldrichMasonOHWilliam Mason High School
Sarah AnsahDowners GroveILCommunity HS Dist 99 South 
Robyn AnzulisWoodbineMDSouth Carroll High School
Luke ArmaoFairlawnOHArchbishop Hoban High School
Krysta AulakClevelandOHShaker Heights High School
Allison BiddingerBartlesvilleOKBartlesville High School
Nathaniel BoernerCincinnatiOHHomeschool
Jamie Bossenbroek Columbus OHWhetstone High School
Peter CampanelliHudson OHWestern Reserve Academy
Chandrahas Chappidi DublinOHDublin Jerome High School
Cynthia ChenSalt Lake CityUTWest High School
Samuel ChildersArdenNCT C Roberson High School
Varshita ChirumamillaPowellOHLiberty High School
Lillian ClarkTucsonAZUniversity High School
Larkin ClelandMedina OHHighland High School
Emma ColemanColumbusOHBishop Watterson High School
Patrick ConklinSyossetNYChaminade High School
Lindsey CookNorth BendOHMcAuley High School
Sylvia CressmanNorth CantonOHHoover High School
Kaitlyn CripeChanhassen MNStandford Univ Epgy Online HS
Abe DaliskyLakewoodOHLakewood High School
Eric DevneyNorth RoyaltonOHNorth Royalton High School
Emma DunnNew AlbanyOHNew Albany High School
Lilieni FanuaPikesvilleMDPikesville High
Caitlin GallivanRichlandWARichland High School
Geoffrey GaoSolonOHSolon High School
Judy Garzanich Youngstown OHBoardman High School
Emily GreenConneautOHEdgewood Senior High School
Varshini GuhanDublinOHDublin Jerome High School
Andrew HaberlandtDaytonOHBellbrook High School
Taylor HasickClaytonNCCleveland High School
Nathan HellstedtColumbusOHUpper Arlington High School
Ethan HertzfeldMaumeeOHSaint Francis De Sales HS
Maria KileyMontgomeryOHUrsuline Academy 
Ekaterina​ Kovatsenko​CrestweedKYSouth Oldham High School
Ashwin KumarIrvingTXTexas Academy Math & Science
Daniel LangCarol StreamILWheaton North High School
Erica LanganCincinnatiOHTurpin High School
Rebecca LathamLockportILLockport Township HS
Junhee LeeIowa CityIAWest High School
Halie LeftwichDaytonOHBellbrook High School
Christopher LehmanTucsonAZUniversity High School
Marwin LiSylvania OHSylvania Southview HS
Michael LinKnoxvilleTNFarragut High School
Chenhao MaPowellOHLiberty High School
Pablo ManonSpringdaleARHar-Ber High School
Edward MathisSaint LouisMOSaint Louis Priory School
Louise McKinneyCincinnatiOHWalnut Hills High School
Peter MenartDaytonOHCarroll High School
Kendall MeyerCraneMOAurora R-8 High School
Anna NashNew AlbanyOHBishop Hartley High School 
Pranav PadmanabhanYoungstownOH Boardman High School
Dennis PalesAuroraCOCherokee Trail High School
Anjali PrabhakaranAvonOHLake Ridge Academy
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Feb 23

Kayann Student.jpgWhen Kayann Hoffman isn't being chased by swans in London or exploring the ruins of Pompeii, you'll probably find her in the classroom—but not for a college class. Kayann is studying Special Education, and as an Education major she spends a good deal of her time at field placements in schools around the Columbus area. For Kayann, though, that isn't enough—she wants even more experience. So, she is currently serving as an aide for a third grader with autism, working with him one-on-one in his classes to give him the support he needs to succeed.

But that's not all—Kayann also helped start a student organization on campus that reaches out to young students in elementary schools around the city. Her organization, Pen PALS (Peers Advancing Literacy in Students), originated as an Honors and Scholars program but then became its own entity with her initiative and ideas. Now in its first official year as a certified student organization, Pen PALS has been extended to reach children in both West Mound Elementary School and Burrows Elementary School, with a total of almost 400 mentors exchanging letters each week with 400 "kiddos," as Kayann affectionately calls them. Though at first she was unsure as to if the organization had the means to expand like it has, Kayann isn't one to pass up an opportunity that presents itself, so she took a leap of faith. It's safe to say it paid off, because over the past two years the elementary school teachers have seen concrete results as their students' writing scores increased. Kayann is satisfied with how far the organization has come, and she loves the fact that something she created will potentially continue after she is gone. This is her legacy of sorts, and she wonders if she would have had the opportunity to establish something like this at any other university.

In fact, opportunities like this one that present themselves at large universities are one reason why Kayann chose to come to Ohio State in the first place. Hailing from the small town of Hebron, Ohio, which has an ice cream shop, a softball team, and lots and lots of corn, it was a big change coming to Ohio State. However, Kayann saw the potential in attending such a large and diverse school, and she knew she couldn't pass that up.

With a large school inevitably comes large class sizes, and that's what initially attracted Kayann to the Honors Program. She liked the idea of making a large university more personal with smaller class sizes and a Learning Community housed in Taylor Tower. While in Tay Tow, Kayann got involved in Hall Council and was hired to be an Office Assistant, which was her first introduction to Residence Life. It wasn't long, however, until Kayann wanted more and decided to apply to become a Resident Advisor. Now in her junior year, Kayann has served as an RA in Raney House for two years and plans to continue into her senior year. She absolutely loves the job, especially because it provides her with an opportunity that not many of her peers have—she gets to live with the people she's trying to make a positive impact on. In her words, "You're there at one in the morning when they break up with their boyfriend, you get to see the whole realm of emotions and it's really fun to watch them develop as a person and see them grow." Though the job does come with its fair share of late nights, hard conversations, and endless paperwork, her and her staff make it fun by playing pranks on each other. In fact, recently her and her co-RA decided it would be a good idea to cook chocolate to look like poop, place a plate of it in front of each RA's door, and ding-dong-ditch them. These types of spontaneous activities with her staff are her favorite part of the job, and it's easy to see why.

After she moves on from her position as a Resident Advisor and obtains her degree in Special Education, Kayann says she could see herself working for a nonprofit benefiting at-risk youth or serving as an intervention specialist for 3rd-5th grade students with disabilities. She also has a few short term goals she wants to accomplish before she leaves OSU, however, including visiting the 11th floor of Thompson Library for the first time! Though she has these goals in mind for herself, one thing Kayann has learned since coming to college can be summed up in the lyrics of Jon Bellion's "Maybe IDK": "Maybe I don't know, and maybe that's okay." In other words, it's alright not to have your whole life figured out yet, no one does. If Kayann had any other advice to offer to younger students, she would highly recommend studying abroad if possible. She describes her recent trip to London and Rome as a crazy and incredible experience, and it taught her so much about herself and about the world. Be careful, though, she warns, once you study abroad once, you'll want to do it again and again.

These days, when Kayann isn't busting parties in her building or hustling to make it to her 7 o'clock field experience, you'll find this self-proclaimed "old soul" reading classic novels, practicing her juggling, or dreaming of being an elephant. Though it's uncertain if that dream will ever come true, it's clear that this girl is already well on her way to making a big impact on the world as a human, and that's good enough for her.

If you want to learn more about Kayann, visit her Instagram page @kayannhoffman, or check out her student organization Pen PALS on campus.

Written By Olivia Britt, Honors & Scholars Media Team Member

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