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The Ohio State University Honors Program Where Great Minds Go The Honors Program is open to students in all academic disciplines at Ohio State

ANNUAL REPORT 2008-09: FACTS AND FIGURES Mission Statement: The University Honors Program is dedicated to promoting the intellectual and personal development of highperforming students. It strives to promote a more active and enriching relationship between Honors students and the University by connecting them with resources and opportunities that will encourage them to maximize their potential. University Honors & Scholars Center Kuhn Honors & Scholars House 220 West 12th Avenue Columbus, OH 43210 Phone: 614.292.3135 Fax: 614.292.6135 Email: Website: Associate Provost and Director: Linda L. Harlow, Ph.D.

Honors Program Goals The University Honors Program will: • Actively seek and bring to the university a core of exceptional students who will pursue excellence and achieve the highest standards in all of their endeavors. • Enrich the student experience by collaborating with academic units to provide: • challenging coursework • research experiences • quality academic advising • study abroad programs • co-curricular opportunities Enable students to build upon • their educational experiences and become valuable members of society in their continued pursuit of excellence after graduation.

Kuhn Honors & Scholars House Built in 1925, it was originally the President’s residence. The house has been home to the Honors Program since 1987.

Incoming Class Data AUTUMN 2006



Class Size




Average ACT











792 (53.5%)

1014 (56%)

701 (55.2%)


689 (46.5%)

789 (44%)

569 (44.8%)

(out of 36)

Average SAT critical reading & math scores (out of 1600)

Total in top 10% of their high school class

The retention rate of the previous year’s freshmen for Autumn, 2008 was 96.2%

Honors students comprise 13% of OSU’s undergraduate population in 2008-09

Enrolled Student Data 2008-09: • 484 sections of Honors courses were offered by faculty • 10,077 students were enrolled in Honors courses • Average Honors class size: 21 (does not include research hours)


Honors Students by College/School

5232 students were in the Honors Program in 2008-09






Culture of Contemporary Greece

Ethnic Arts: A Means of Intercultural Communication

Physics: Electricity and Magnetism

Human Memory and Cognition

The Global Food Crisis

Psychology of Developmental Disabilities

Francophone Literature: from Empire to Nation

Holography Historical Geology Moving Image Art


The Unconscious

Undergraduate Research

Featured Graduate

The Denman Undergraduate Research Forum was created in 1996 and is a cooperative effort of the University Honors & Scholars Center, the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Office of Research, and the Office of University Development. The Forum is supported by Richard and Martha Denman, Emeritus University Foundation Board members, Ohio State alumni, corporate sponsors and individual donors. The Denman Undergraduate Research Forum provides a means for undergraduate students to share their research with members and friends of the OSU community; it recognizes the significant contributions to research by OSU undergraduates; and it facilitates exchange and discussions of research methodology between students, faculty, and the public. YEAR












Mercedes McFarland - 2002 271 Honors theses were completed in 2008-2009

Students enrolled in any undergraduate degree program at The Ohio State University are invited to participate. Projects are scored by at least three different faculty and/or corporate judges and cash awards are given to winners in each research category.


English & History Current Location: Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL “My Honors advisors helped me to use my classes and experiences at OSU to achieve my goals. My pre-law advisor, who remained with me from orientation through graduation, always had time to assist with my class selection and forced me to take on challenges that helped to better prepare me to compete for a spot at one of the top law schools in the country – Yale Law School. My Honors professors helped me to hone my writing and analytical skills in ways that would not have been possible except in a class with no more than 5-10 students. While the university is a huge place, the Honors Program allowed me to harness all of the available resources so that I left with the best education for me.”

Honors Collegium

National Award Winners 2008-09

While many students arrive at Ohio State not yet certain where their passions will take them, some aspire from the start to become intellectual leaders in the global community. For those students, there is the Honors Collegium. The Honors Collegium is a program that helps high-achieving, visionary students embrace rigorous academics through customized learning experiences, and it assists all Ohio State undergraduates with competing for prestigious scholarships and fellowships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Fulbright and Goldwater.

Fulbright Grantees Yusun Abrahams: Math Jennifer Gable: International Studies Ladaea Melton: English Linnea Overman: Political Science/German Seth Reddy: Economics/International Studies Kevin Slaten: Political Science/Sociology

Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Jessica Hanzlik, Class of 2008 Studying as a Rhodes Scholar at The University of Oxford in England during 2008-09.

Bryan Straub: International Studies/Political Science

Beinecke Scholar Hudson McFann: Geography

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows Craig Buckley: Chemical Engineering Caitlin Malone: Engineering Physics Lindsey Pack: Biochemistry Doug Schaefer: Physics/Math Jean Wheasler: Chemical Engineering Christine Zgrabik: Engineering Physics/Spanish

Rotary Ambassadorial Cultural Scholar Debra Van Camp: Food Science and Agribusiness/ Applied Economics

54% of Honors Collegium students are double or triple majors


PROGRAMMATIC HIGHLIGHTS The Ohio State University Honors Program Academic Preparation Learning Communities • The Honors Collegium helps students prepare for postbaccalaureate fellowship and scholarship competitions

Diversity • Mosaic promotes undergraduate art and literature by sponsoring quarterly poetry readings, art exhibits, comedy nights, and cultural events in addition to publishing an annual art and literary magazine • UNITY advances diversity education through its Dinner & Dialogue series which features faculty facilitated discussions over ethnic cuisine, the sale of subsidized tickets to local cultural events, a quarterly book program, and an annual cultural excursion to a large city.

Leadership • Honors Ambassadors volunteer their time to aid in the recruitment and transition of outstanding students to the university. • The Honors Student Advisory Board provides the Associate Provost with critical student perspectives on issues related to the Honors experience. • Leadership Ohio State affords first-year students the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills.

1,824 Honors students have studied abroad

• Located on all three residential areas of campus, there are four residence halls that house students in Honors Learning Communities: Bradley Hall, Lincoln House, Siebert Hall and Taylor Tower.

Leadership Ohio State allows freshmen to focus on developing leadership skills

Featured Graduate

Service • Adopt-A-School participants tutor and mentor children at two local schools. • Aspire mentors work to increase the aspiration of high-ability, economically disadvantaged high school students and their parents to successfully complete the college search, application, and transition process. • Serving with Honor provides students with opportunities to volunteer throughout the Columbus community. • Social Issue Immersion Projects enable students to focus on a social issue through discussions, lectures, common reading experiences and service-learning

John Carney - 1998 Criminology Current Location: Ohio House of Representatives and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP “The Honors Program at Ohio State gave me the best of the best - all the resources of a large university with the small classes and unique opportunities associated with a rigorous academic environment. More importantly, many of my fellow Honors classmates became my lifelong friends and are still the people I look to today for support and advice.


Study Abroad • Biological Roots in England pairs 25 upper-class Honors & Scholars students in an 8-credit hour winter quarter class that culminates in a spring break group travel experience to England and southern Wales. • Honors Athens brings 25 upperclass Honors students together for an 8-credit hour winter quarter class that concludes with spring break in Greece. • Honors London groups up to 150 first quarter freshmen in 6 sections of a 5-credit hour autumn quarter class that travels to England over winter break.


When I was president of the OSU student body, I relied on a group of my Honors peers to help me analyze and develop good policy for the students of the university; thirteen years later, it is many of these same friends from the Honors Program with whom I work to develop public policy for the State of Ohio in my position as a State Representative. Our strategy sessions have simply moved from the residence halls to the Statehouse, but they are remarkably similar. Ohio State is a great university, and I graduated with so much more than just my degree. I credit the Honors Program for giving me the foundation to build a strong legal practice and political career, as well as many lifelong friendships.”

Spotlight on One Program: Honors Ambassadors Honors Ambassadors recruit prospective high-ability high school students into the University Honors Program. By volunteering their time at several recruitment events throughout the year, Honors Ambassadors are able to provide that authentic student voice which often helps prospective students begin to see themselves as future members of the Ohio State community.

Honors Ambassadors share their undergraduate experiences with hundreds of prospective students each year

Honors Ambassadors: Serve, at minimum, a 2-year term Attend an annual overnight retreat Participate in 3 to 5 meetings/training sessions per quarter Interact with hundreds of prospective families at several annual events 2008-09 Efforts Fall 2008 Honors Days Move-In Day Open House Student Involvement Fair Think Buckeye Days

Spring 2009 GoBuckeye Day Honors Admitted Student Visits Honors Overnight Programs Scholarship Interview Weekend Targeted Recruitment Receptions

Winter 2009 Honors Admitted Student Visits Maximus Competition Yield Receptions

Summer 2009 Honors Orientation Sessions Summer Exploration Programs Targeted Recruitment Receptions

Featured Undergraduates

Jonathan Lam– Class of 2010

Katherine Watt– Class of 2010

“Being an Honors Ambassador has truly shaped my college career. I have learned the invaluable skill of balancing professionalism and candid optimism while representing the Honors Program. These opportunities have given me the ability to comfortably mingle with shy prospective students and their families, or serve as a panelist in front of several hundred people. Becoming a Selections and Training Chair has taught me how to be an effective recruiter, interviewer, and trainer for the organization. My experiences as an Honors Ambassador actually inspired me to create an Ambassador program for my major, Pharmaceutical Sciences, which I hope will provide many opportunities for students to stay engaged on campus."

“Interning for a non-governmental organization in rural Argentina teaching children art proved to be a poignant experience which helped me better define my academic goals. The Honors Program encouraged me to pursue these interests through a senior Honors thesis. I found an advisor to shape my ideas and guide me along the way. My project, which focuses on a child welfare institution in Buenos Aires, has led me back to Argentina to conduct interviews with government officials and research at the national library. By completing and defending a senior Honors thesis, I will graduate both with Honors and research distinction in history and then pursue my dream of becoming a Latin American history professor, focusing on child welfare and community development.”


Selected Employers of 2009 Honors Program Graduates: Abbott Laboratories Abercrombie & Fitch Accenture Battelle Cardinal Health Deloitte & Touche Dow Corning Corporation Eli Lilly and Company Ernst & Young Exxon Mobil Corporation General Electric Goldman Sachs JP Morgan Chase Key Bank KPMG International Limited Brands Lockheed Martin Corporation Marathon Petroleum Company National Weather Service Nationwide Children's Hospital Nationwide Insurance Nestlé Pricewaterhouse Coopers Procter & Gamble Rolls-Royce Shell Oil Company Wells Fargo & Company Westinghouse Worthington Industries

Life After Graduation 2009 • 84% of Honors graduates in the Arts & Sciences plan to pursue additional education within 2 years • 50% of Honors graduates in the professional colleges plan to pursue additional education immediately • 44% of Honors graduates in the professional colleges plan to enter the workforce immediately

Featured Graduate

Debra Van Camp - 2009 Food Science and Agribusiness & Applied Economics Next Stop: Rotary International Cultural Ambassadorial Scholar to Taiwan “The flexibility of the Honors Program enabled me to explore my interests in food and agriculture while earning two degrees. With the support of outstanding honors advisers, I was able to apply what I learned in the classroom to researching current issues in food policy. My senior Honors thesis addressed the impacts of voluntary front of package nutrition labeling in the UK and was accepted for publication in the British Food Journal. My scholarly pursuits were complemented by interning in Washington D.C. studying abroad in China, and presenting research in Brazil and Ireland. These opportunities and the support from relationships with students, faculty, and staff at OSU have been a catalyst for my career in food policy and continue to serve as a strong foundation for both academic and personal growth.”

Selected Graduate and Professional Schools of 2009 Honors Program Graduates: Boston University Columbia University Cornell University Duke University Eastman School of Music Emory University Georgia Institute of Technology Indiana University Massachusetts Institute of Technology New York University Northwestern University Stanford University Texas A&M University The Ohio State University University of California - Berkeley University of California - Davis University of California - Los Angeles University of Chicago University of Edinburgh University of Illinois University of Michigan University of North Carolina University of Pennsylvania University of Southern California University of Texas University of Virginia University of Wisconsin Vanderbilt University Washington University in St. Louis Yale University

The average Honors student GPA was 3.65 on a 4.0 scale in 2008-09

Give to the University Honors Program To donate to the University Honors Program at The Ohio State University, please send a check indicating Fund #308177 to the following address: The Ohio State University Office of University Development 1480 West Lane Avenue, Room 210 Columbus, OH 43221 If you have any questions about making a gift to the University Honors & Scholars Center, please call 614.292.3135 or email

2008-2009 Honors Annual Report v10  

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