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Collegium Communiqué Collegium Welcomes Back Students


INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Program Updates 2-3 Letter from the Director, Collegium activities and initiatives Student Scholars 4-5 Students present their research at conferences and in publications Summer Stories 6-13 Collegium students’ summer endeavors Alumnus Profile 14 Matthew Borths describes his Fulbright experience in Germany

Read more to learn about Adrienne Strong’s (top right) research in Tanzania, Justin Schulze’s (bottom right) community internship in Peru, Ryan Connolly’s (bottom left) study abroad in Europe, or Maggie Darocha’s (top right) State Department internship in Bolivia. When the Collegium hosted its annual Kick-Off Cookout in September, even President Gee wanted to stop by and hear about our students’ impressive summer accomplishments. From Machu Pichu to Munich, Collegium students have traveled the world to conduct and present research, volunteer, and make connections with leaders in their fields. As these remarkable students returned to campus this fall, we heard reports about conferences in Germany (Samantha Gett, page 5), malaria research at Harvard (Rob Bonnaci, page 10) and organic farming projects (Kelly Lewis, page 11), just to name a few. Each year we like to get together and share these stories, and the Collegium staff is excited to continue to enable such travels and research as we begin a new year.

Collegium students Tyler Miller, Adrienne Strong, Devyn Paros Ian Green and Justin Schulze meet with the External Honors Advisory Board at the Faculty Club.

Program Updates



From the Director Dear Friends,

one of OSU’s Truman Scholar nominees and a Political Science and Economics major, will travel to India for six months to investigate educational access for the impoverished.

I am happy to report that the Collegium program is strong and growing. Ten outstanding Presidential Scholars entered as freshmen this fall. Several are already engaged in research with faculty at Ohio In the coming months, we will also comState. One freshman, Joanna Daigle, plete another competition cycle of external Brian Winer even traveled abroad before classes bescholarships and fellowships. We submitgan, joining several Collegium students and Proted several excellent nominees, and we will update fessor Debbie Parris to work with the Foundation you on the results in the spring. We had over 20 for the International Medical Relief of Children undergraduate applications for Fulbright Grants, in Peru. In addition to the freshmen, we added 20 and we are building this program even further. Cursophomores and juniors, bringing the Collegium to rently, OSU is planning a “Fulbright Week” durover 70 students, our largest group yet. ing Spring Quarter 2010. We will co-sponsor this effort with the Office of International Affairs and Throughout this issue of the Communiqué, you will the Graduate School to raise on-campus awareness notice these students have a global reach. They about Fulbright grants and thus increase OSU’s have traveled to numerous countries, including participation in the program. Tanzania, Nicaragua, and South Africa. Their studies were just as diverse, from examining human As I finish my first year as Director, I continue to trafficking in Bolivia to analyzing storms in the be impressed with the students’ dedication to beatmosphere of Jupiter. To support these travels, coming global citizens with the skills to tackle the the Collegium recently received a generous grant complex problems facing the world today. Finally, from Women & Philanthropy. These funds will I want to thank the Collegium staff for their dedicahelp two Collegium students travel abroad during tion and passion for guiding our students. 2010. Devyn Paros, a double major in International Best wishes for the coming year, Studies and French, will travel to Senegal to study international development and French. Surili Sheth,

Staff Additions and Welcomes Join us in welcoming two additions to the Collegium staff. Lauren Clark joined us as the Program Assistant and Writing Coordinator in July. A recent Masters student in Ohio State’s English Department, Lauren has taught a variety of composition courses at the university and looks forward to bringing her expertise to Collegium programming. She has already met and worked with several of the students and says, “It’s great to see such motivated young people accomplishing such amazing projects at the University. I’m excited to continue working with the Collegium students on their upcoming applications and opportunities.”

Tanner Wilson, a freshman from North Royalton, a Cleveland suburb, also joined the Collegium in September, when he began working with our current student assistant, junior Meghan Gannon. Tanner is a Business major and a member of the Politics, Society, and Law Scholars program. He’s a sports and music enthusiast, and he is excited to become a part of Ohio State’s athletic traditions over the coming year. After graduating from Ohio State, he hopes to move to California and begin a career in real estate development.



outreach projects. These included teaching dental hygiene in an orphanage, sharing their college experiences with teenagers in foster care, and helping entertain children soon to undergo surgery. In addition to working in the community, Dr. Parris’s group studied medical care and practices in the region by shadowing medical students and doctors and learning about the FIMRC’s work in the region. Showing Ohio State Pride in Peru

This September, while most Ohio State students were waiting for their new leases to begin, Collegium Faculty Community Leader, Dr. Deborah Parris took nine Ohio State Students to Huancayo, Peru. This was no vacation, but a trip to explore health care conditions in the region while volunteering with local hospitals and orphanages. During their weeklong stay, Collegium students Rachel Kominsky, Liana Bonanno, Ian Green, Joanna Daigle, Kelsey Gray, and Ben Briskin lived in a homestay while they worked with the Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) to organize community

Ian summarized the group’s feelings on returning to the states: “I left Peru thinking about the adaptation and perseverance that I had witnessed. I was re-inspired to become more involved with international development, especially in the area of health care.”

Volunteering in the pediatric ward

GRASP: Collegium Students Promote Girls in the Sciences

In 2007, Collegium alumnus Jessica Hanzlik organized the first annual Girls Reaching for Achievement in Sports and Physics (GRASP) camp. This year’s GRASP camp was also spearheaded by the Collegium, including our Director, Physics Professor Dr. Brian Winer, and Collegium students Liana Bonanno, Jake Connors, and Dan Giglio, each of whom organized activities on everything from the physics of football to flying Plexiglas gliders. Each of these activities aimed to entertain and educate the girls, who are at a crucial age, and need to be encouraged as they consider pursuing careers in the sciences. Dr. Winer explains the motivation behind combining science and sport for these girls saying, “As a father of three girls, I think it’s important that we help them see science in their everyday lives.” Plus, sharing some field time with the Buckeyes makes a great summer story! GRASP students meet the OSU football team

Dan teaches the physics of punting

Program Updates

Peru: Students and Faculty Explore International Health Care




Collegium Students Present and Publish Research The Honors Collegium expects its members to distinguish themselves beyond the baccalaureate degree. As undergraduates, many Collegium students have published their research and traveled widely to present their findings at conferences. Students receive funding for their trips from a variety of sources, including Collegium grants.

Ryan Connolly Location: Cleveland, OH Field: Architecture Graduation Year: 2011

Elizabeth Otto Location: San Fajardo, Puerto Rico Field: Astronomy Graduation Year: 2012 Last summer, I conducted research at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech University, where I was an Undergraduate Research Fellow. After my internship, I was able to present our lab’s research at the annual Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society meeting. My project was entitled Temporal Changes in Jupiter’s White Oval(s) and explained the work conducted and sponsored through the fellowship program.

An image from Ryan’s Project

I presented my project “Instant Nightlife” at the Post Architecture Journal’s “All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Architectural Ideas for Cleveland” exhibition. “All You Can Eat” was a collective exhibition of architectural ideas for vacant sites in Cleveland, Ohio, that took place on October 30th and 31st. “All You Can Eat” was based on the premise that the city of Cleveland has a high metabolic rate, burning through ideas faster than they can be digested. In response, this exhibition presents a wide-array of possible future cityscapes. Each design is excessive and extreme, and the organizers encouraged projects at various states of development, from the refined to the undeveloped. My project proposed the use of a variety of inflatable room-sized bubbles to provide the means for a creative and cultural renaissance in the city.

Specifically, my project analyzed the evolution of a set of storms on Jupiter. At the conference, I gave a poster presentation of the work as part of a larger poster session focused on Jovian Atmospheres. The conference was a fantastic learning experience where I met with other researchers in the field from all over the world. Not only was I able to present my research to this audience, but I also was able to see the breadth of research going on in planetary science while exploring Puerto Rico, a unique cultural landscape within America. Elizabeth Otto


Location: University Park, Pennsylvania Field: Engineering Physics Graduation Year: 2009 I have been conducting research on zinc oxide and surface photovoltage spectroscopy, which will allow us to design faster and more environmentally friendly computers.

Samantha Gett Location: Bremen, Germany Field: Linguistics Graduation Year: 2010 I am grateful for the Collegium for helping fund my trip to the University of Bremen in Germany, where I presented at the Second International Conference on Maltese Linguistics.

Tyler presents his work

This summer, I presented my work at the Electronic Materials Conference at Penn State, where I shared my findings then took questions from several scholars in the field. It was exciting to exchange ideas with researchers from around the world, and I hope to continue these exchanges through additional (hopefully first-author) publication on the topic. I have also presented this work at research forums on Ohio State’s campus, and have worked with other researchers to produce two publications in Applied Physics Letters.

The three day conference accepted professors, graduate students, and a few undergraduates from several different countries (including France, Germany, Malta, the United States). We presented our research on various aspects of the Maltese language-from phonology to syntax, historical linguistics to psycholinguistics. My paper was entitled, “Factors affecting

Vowel Duration in Maltese,” and could shed some light on Maltese pronunciations. My paper will be published in a collection of essays from the conference, and I’m looking forward to attending the next International Conference, which will be hosted by Malta in 2011 or 2012.

Sam Gett

OSU-Brazil Research Exchange Program

Sponsored by the University Honors & Scholars Center, the program allows OSU students to travel to São Paulo, Brazil, to present their research in an international forum. This year, Collegium students Hudson McFann, Amy Eakins, and Andy Campbell traveled with Dr. Garett Heysel to present their work. Andy describes his project below: I presented data on the dysregulated brain circuitry underlying schizophrenia. Hudson, Andy, and Amy My research group generated this information by surgically implanting an explore the architecture enzyme-coated microelectrode array biosensor into different animal subjects. This allowed us to monitor second-by-second measurements of neurotransmitter release and clearance in the brain of living research subjects. Such detail allows us to better understand the chemical processes that may underlie schizophrenia, perhaps leading to better and more effective treatment in the future. I was appreciative of the opportunity to share this important work abroad, especially because I could receive feedback from different perspectives while exploring the culture of Brazil.


Tyler Merz


Summer Stories


Justin Schulze I interned with Asociacion Kuraka, a non-profit organization in Cusco, Peru. Asociacion Kuraka is dedicated to protecting indigenous rights and promoting development. Currently, the organization works with a group of women who weave textiles using traditional techniques passed down from generation to generation.

Justin and the women of Cusco

Adrienne Strong On my third trip to Singida, Tanzania, I conducted medical anthropology research on health care services during pregnancy. Through courses and previous travels to Tanzania, I learned that the country has a high infant and maternal mortality rate, especially in rural regions. During this

Adrienne interviewing a local family

Asocacion Kuraka helped the women secure land for a permanent store and a living museum. As construction of the store neared completion, I helped the weavers prepare to sell their textiles by creating a web page about their lives and work. I also worked to market their products to local hotels and restaurants. With the store and museum, the women will gain financial stability and autonomy. Moreover, they will do so while preserving an important piece of indigenous culture. During my internship, I learned so much from my travels in Peru, and I feel very grateful that I was able to watch these women practice their art and establish

trip, I wanted to explore the reasons behind these tragic mortality rates. Specifically, I wondered why many women did not visit doctors or hospitals during their pregnancies. Throughout the summer, I traveled to surrounding areas to interview local women and health care workers about pregnancy and traditions in Tanzania. Because I speak Swahili and have established great connections on previous trips, I felt integrated into the community and could thus hear a variety of perspectives. The women helped me understand that, as a future doctor, I will have to be sensitive to my patients’ beliefs and cultural needs. The hospital employees


Justin in traditional garb

themselves in the community. I hope that I can continue to use the knowledge I gain at Ohio State to help develop small-scale businesses and initiatives that sustain and enrich the regions in which they are built.


What: Volunteer and Internship Area of Study: International Studies, Economics Graduation Year: 2012

shared stories about the often preventable deaths they see, encouraging me to continue to educate women about the importance of prenatal health. The next step is to translate these interviews into my Honors thesis during this school year. I also look forward to returning to Tanzania and other African countries in order to organize educational campaigns, and I want to practice medicine in the region after I complete medical school in the United States.


What: Thesis Research Area of Study: Biomedical Sciences Graduation Year: 2010


Dusty explores Russia

My study abroad trip to Russia was informative and enlightening, complementing my in-class Russian studies at OSU. During my trip, I lived with a host family in order to study and experience Russian culture and language while I participated in a two-month, language-intensive program in Tomsk, Siberia. We focused on language and literature with coursework and conversation practice nearly every day. I can definitely see the difference; my Russian has improved dramatically, which is a great advantage as I move towards my goal of working in Russia as a member of the Foreign Service. This experience has also helped me as I apply for a Russian Fulbright grant and a Carnegie Institute Fellowship, both of which would prove great next steps towards working as a diplomat in the region.

Elaine Householder Thanks to the Dream Catcher Foundation, I was able to volunteer and conduct research for five weeks in South Africa. I started each day by volunteering at the region’s primary school, called a Kibbutz. Things could become pretty hectic in the classroom, and my students did not speak English, but I learned a lot about the education system and traditions in South Africa. I developed a great relationship with the Fraus (teachers) and students, and I even learned some common phrases in Afrikaans! After working at the Kibbutz, I would often travel to The House of Mercy, a homebased non-profit organization that serves destitute children in the region. The house provides them with a safe place to play and often feeds and houses their families. While

there, I came up with my own project for the students, and we used my camera and computer to make short videos together. Finally, when not volunteering at the Kibbutz or House of Mercy, I conducted my own research on impoverished children in the area. I interviewed several children about their perceptions of youth violence in postapartheid South Africa. Their stories and struggles elucidated the devastating legacy of apartheid and further solidified my desire to help impoverished children through education and volunteering.

South Africa

What: Volunteer and Research Area of Study: International Studies, French Graduation Year: 2011


What: Study Abroad Area of Study: Political Science, Russian Graduation Year: 2010 Elaine and her students at the Kibbutz

Summer Stories

Dustin Koenig


Summer Stories


Tyler Merz

Tyler hikes in Bavaria

I participated in Germany’s Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) program, which allows students from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada to live and work in Germany. I was placed at Technische Universität München in Munich, Germany, where I studied magnetic materials and superconductors. While there, I learned several new techniques and was responsible for multiple small projects, many of which I am now incorporating in my laboratory at OSU.



What: Research Internship Area of Study: Engineering Physics Graduation Year: 2011 Perhaps more importantly, I was able to discuss contemporary physics research with researchers from all over the world. I even had some downtime to increase my language skills as I hiked in the Bavarian Alps and traveled to Berlin, Heidelberg, Berchtesgarden, and Dresden.

Ryan Connolly

Caroline Power

This summer several Ohio State students and I travelled with Professor Jackie Gargus to Germany, Austria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, Ryan studies classic architecture and France. Over the course of the trip, we studied nearly 300 buildings in depth. We focused on generating a critical discourse through which architecture could be understood as progressing from antiquity to modern society. I plan to use some of the buildings and ideas I was exposed to on the trip as the basis for a future research project on architecture’s (in)ability to convey meaning spatially or symbolically.

I spent my summer working for a Member of the Canadian Parliament, Justin Trudeau. Mr. Trudeau is the son of revolutionary former Prime Minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and premier junior member of the Liberal Party, which is currently the Official Opposition. I spent my time running back and forth between the capital, Ottawa, Ontario, and Mr. Trudeau’s district in Montreal, Quebec. And, because a Canadian MP has only 2 or 3 staffers, I was able to take on several different projects. I helped with everything from preparing research to setting up daily schedules, from writing to constituents to filing office expenses. At the end of my program, the office offered me a Caroline and Mr. Trudeau position and place to live for another month, so I Canada chose to stay. What: Government Internship

Overall, it was a great way to motivate and inspire my senior thesis, and I hope to continue to Europe study international What: Study Abroad architecture as I deArea of Study: Architecture, velop my own skills Political Science in the field. Graduation Year: 2011

Area of Study: Political Science, International Relations Graduation Year: 2012



During Spring of 2009, I worked as a State Department Intern in La Paz, Bolivia, where I represented the Embassy abroad while honing my Spanish and learning about Bolivian culture. While in Bolivia, I worked with officials on various issues, including human trafficking and even attended an international Trafficking in Human Persons conference. On the way back from the conference, I was able to travel in a C-130 military transport plane, something few civilians will ever experience.

Maggie travels in style in a C-130

As a graduating senior in International Relations, I am now applying for a Fulbright Grant, which requires extensive knowledge of the region. This internship helped me understand the Bolivian culture and provided insights that will help me as I continue to pursue a career in international development. During my free time, I was able to explore the lakes and mountains through hiking tours. At Lake Titicaca, I followed a six-mile trail to find sacrificial tables at the top of the mountain. During the Incan era, human sacrificial victims would have followed the same path to the peak.


Visiting an Incan sacrificial table at Lake Titicaca

What: State Department Internship Area of Study: International Studies, Spanish, Political Science Graduation Year: 2010

Seva Khambadkone This past year I helped found the Ohio State chapter of Project Nicaragua, an organization dedicated to bettering the lives of Nicaraguan people through efforts in health care. Our branch is mainly focused on el Centro Nacional del Ofthalmologia (CENAO), the only public eye clinic in the entire country. This summer some of our group members traveled to Nicaragua to build Seva (left) smiles with fellow our relationship with the hospital and better understand its needs. We volunteers stayed at the headquarters of AMOS Health and Hope, an organization dedicated to working towards effective, empowering healthcare in impoverished communities, and we helped with the pharmacy and maintenance at the hospital. Our trip also overlapped with that of Dr. Mauger, our advisor and the Chief of OphNicaragua thalmology at the Havener Eye Institute at What: Medical Volunteer Ohio State, so we had the opportunity to Area of Study: International Studies, Neuroscience PSP watch him perform corneal transplants on Graduation Year: 2012 patients of the clinic.

Summer Stories

Maggie DaRocha


Summer Stories

Robert Bonnaci


 I researched malaria as a Summer Intern in the Division of Biological Scienc es of the Harvard School of Public Health. While there, I studied the development of Plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly malaria-causing parasite, which accounts for hundreds of millions of infections around the world.

Boston, MA

Rob studied malaria at Harvard’s School of Public Health

I was able to present this work to my fellow interns and the faculty, including researchers across the country. I was even put in contact with scientists and officials in Mexico, some of whom are supporting my Fulbright application to conduct H1N1 research in their labs during the coming academic year.

What: Research Internship Area of Study: Microbiology, Spanish Graduation Year: 2010

Devyn Paros

Drew Enigk

After completing Washington, DC my summer internship with the Insti- What: Government tute for Policy Stud- Internship ies, I can say that I Area of Study: International Studies, French know a great deal more about Ameri- Graduation Year: 2011 can Foreign Policy. While working with the Institute’s Foreign Policy in Focus Project, I helped coordinate President Obama’s trip to Ghana in July. I also organized a forum on U.S. military involvement in Africa/ AFRICOM.

Through an internship with the Animal Sciences Department in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, I studied turkey behavior, welfare, and productivity. I collected video and statistical data using the stroll test method. I Drew Enigk visited the turkeys’ pen with a camera, then counted the number of turkeys visible within five-second intervals of film. This allowed me to assess their propensity to approach the tester, later creating graphs to analyze the data for trends. Ultimately, my research should help elucidate how stockpersons can change their behavior in order to decrease stress levels among the turkeys, thus leading to increased production.

In addition to the activities directly surrounding the Obama administration’s policy in Africa, I also began working on the Stop VulDevyn Paros ture Funds Bill. This bill seeks to protect heavily indebted countries from lawsuits filed by predatory lenders holding portions of their debt. I even met with Representatives on the Hill to advocate for the Bill and attended conferences on a proposed currency transaction levy. Each of these projects has the potential to impact global policy and finance on a huge scale, so I am glad I spent my summer working on each and building my understanding of D.C. politics.

While I may ultimately pursue wildlife or exotic animal studies in my own research, this project confirmed my interest in animal psychology and taught me several useful research skills. To continue developing these skills, I’m spending winter quarter in Australia, were I Columbus, OH will explore agriWhat: Thesis Research culture and animal Area of Study: Animal welfare on the Science continent. Graduation Year: 2012


Peninsula, OH

I interned for the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) in their Historical Preservation program, working and taking classes at the WRHS living history village, Hale Farm. Many of the buildings and facilities were around 200 years old, and I studied methods to continue their preservation. Each of the thirty historical buildings were carefully transported, piece by piece, to their current locations, so maintaining these buildings is a big undertaking, but one that’s important to understanding our history. During the second half of the summer I interned with the WRHS in Cleveland, working in the archives. I did a special digitization project of the Cleveland Picture File (a collection of images from Cleveland’s inception until the 1950’s). At the end of the summer, I also archived the visual files of the Austin Company, one of America’s oldest still functioning Architecture and Engineering Firms. These projects provided great insights into the connections between architecture and community history, so I’m glad to contribute to their growth. As an architecture student, it’s fascinating to see how buildings impact and reflect their history.

Kelly Lewis

Emma dives into history at Hale Farm

In addition to working at Blue Rock, I completed a for-credit biology course and trip on Andros Island in the Bahamas. Because the island is sparsely populated, much of it remains unexplored. It has a beautiful barrier reef with unique aquatic life that I was especially excited to study.

As an intern at Blue Rock Station Organic Farm, I helped with daily chores and learned about organic farming. My tasks included everything from feeding the llamas and milking goats to leading tours of the farm and explaining basic principles of organic farming to visitors. I also designed and built an organic berry garden, edited a textbook on green technology, and learned about straw bale construction. After I graduate, I want to study and implement sustainable agricultural practices in the developing world, so this internship was great preparation for classes in crop science and environmental policy.

What: Research Internship Area of Study: Architecture Graduation Year: 2012

Ohio State pride in the Bahamas

Our course combined scubadiving expeditions with formal courses at night, thus allowing me to explore the ecosystem from multiple perspectives. It was also fascinating to see a developing region and the type of economic realities I might encounter in the future.


Kelly tours Andros’ largest textile factory

What: Internship and Research Area of Study: Agriculture Graduation Year: 2013

Summer Stories

Emma Silverblatt


Summer Stories



Stephen Meil Before beginning my classes at Ohio State, I was excited to participate on an archeological dig in Milan, Ohio. This June, I worked with other students and professional archeologists to excavate a Native American site. We determined it was potentially of Hopewellian origin.

Steve digs in at an archeological site

Because I want to conduct my own archeological research in the future, this dig offered several helpful insights about my path. Seeing the historical and scientific knowledge required on a site confirmed my choice to double major in chemistry and anthropology. Experiencing the difficulties and physical demands that archeologists undertake (including hours of digging) was fascinating and well-worth the manual labor.

This small dig taught me that I love exploring history, a project I hope to continue with international field school programs. I’m especially excited about one in Corinth, Greece, a culture that I have studied extensively and want to further explore.

Milan, OH

What: Field Work Area of Study: Anthropology, Chemistry Graduation Year: 2013

David Wilkes I was busy this summer with a business research project and an internship. First, throughout the summer, I worked as an early identification intern with the accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers. I was recruited through their Talent Development Program. Not only did I learn a great deal about working for a major firm, but I also received the eXceed Minority Scholarship after this internship, organized service days for my fellow interns, and received an offer for a future position with the company.

Receiving the eXeed Minority Scholarship

I also dedicated much of my summer to developing a financial modeling software program for a company called Wall Street Prep. This project required hours of work in Excel and hundreds of efficiency improvement exercises, but it was absolutely fascinating to me. Plus, the program can help investors predict market trends in order to make strong investments in the future.

Columbus, OH

David leads an intern service day

What: Internship and Research Area of Study: Accounting, Finance Graduation Year: 2011


Thanks to a fellowship from the Undergraduate Research Office, I was able to spend this summer conducting interviews with citizens and policymakers throughout Appalachian Ohio. I am now using these interviews to write my honors thesis, which focuses on how citizens in the region perceive government involvement and policy on environmental issues. I’m especially interested by how these perceptions are affected by the legacy of mining in Appalachian Ohio and how understanding this history can help activists and government

Appalachian OH

What: Thesis Research Area of Study: Geography Graduation Year: 2010

Hudson takes in the view in Appalachia

agencies work with local communities to forge increasingly effective and informed policies.

David Agranovich As an incoming Political Science major, I am very interested in development and community sustainability. As such, I jumped at the opportunity to spend my summer interning at the Entrepreneurship Preparatory School (E Prep), a high-performing public charter school in inner-city Cleveland. While the school was performing well, it was only three years old, and not well known. My job was to design an inexpensive publicity campaign for E Prep using social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Ning, and LinkedIn. Ultimately, because E Prep relies on donations, I was responsible for creating a campaign that could increase enrollment and also target potential donors. I researched which sites would be Cleveland, OH most effective and proposed a plan that What: Internship we then implemented Areaof Study: Political throughout the sumScience, Spanish mer. Graduation Year: 2013


This summer I focused specifically on landfills, including how citizens see landfills as an economic opportunity for their community, but also as an external threat to local health, identity, and even economic well-being. I hope that this research will serve as a case study that could enlighten our understanding of rural communities and landfills more broadly. In fact, I found the topic of landfill politics so intriguing that I’ve applied for a Fulbright Grant to Canada to study the politics of waste management from an international perspective.

Once we started, I led two staff members and our design firm to implement the campaign, and our fan base grew from zero to over two hundred within the first week of operation. At the end of the summer, I was excited to see that our efforts increased donations by around $1,000. Since I have left the school for Ohio State, I’m happy to report that E Prep has almost doubled its enrollment. As I continue to work on international development issues, I plan to explore how stable institutions (like schools) can help prevent crime and corruption.

Freshman David Agranovich

Summer Stories

Hudson McFann


Collegium Alumnus Profile Matthew Borths is a 2008 graduate of the Honors Collegium. An OSU Presidential Scholar, he obtained his B.S. in Anthropology and Geological Science before beginning a German Fulbright Grant to study at the University of Bonn. He is currently a graduate student in the Department of Anatomical Science at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York, where he is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. As a paleontologist, I’m interested in sorting out the origins of mammals. Because mammalian remains are found on every continent and are scrutinized by specialists in almost every country, paleontology is a very internationalized field. As I prepared to graduate from Ohio State, I wanted to begin forging the international network that would help me pursue a career in paleontology. Through the Honors Collegium, I applied for a German Fulbright to work with Dr. Thomas Martin at the University of Bonn, a fellow enthusiast for early mammalian evolution. I was accepted, and this summer, after a Fulbrightrun introductory course to German culture, I moved to Bonn, Germany, to begin work with Dr. Martin.

Matt explores the German countryside

While there, my weekdays were occupied by hours of research with a microscope and my Russian, French, and German office-mates. My weekends were spent roaming the castles and vineyards of the Rhineland, or exploring further across Germany and her neighboring countries, always making time to visit the local Natural History Museum. As a student at the University of Bonn, I participated in field excursions to some of the most famous fossil quarries in the world, like the Messel Pit near Frankfurt, home of the earliest horses and bats, and the Solnhofen Quarry near Munich, home of the dinosaur-bird hybrid Archeaopteryx. I also presented my undergraduate thesis at German paleontological conferences and gave a presentation on the American Creationism and Intelligent Design movement, a perennial source of curiosity and confusion for my German colleagues. After a year in Germany forming my own international network, I ended my Fulbright experience by presenting my findings at the meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Bristol, England. Appropriately, this was the Society’s first conference beyond North America. As I begin my graduate education, I appreciate the diversity of insights and approaches that I gained through this experience and hope to continue forging cross-cultural networks throughout my career.

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