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Collegium Communiqué

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I N S ID E T H IS IS S U E Staff Updates: Collegium welcomes new director; Collegium activities

Scholarship & Fellowship: Rhodes and Marshall nominees

Discovering, Learning, Changing: Collegium Student Summers at Home and Abro Abroad ad

Summer Stories: Collegium students’ summer endeavors Updates and Events: Changes and upcoming student events.





“Wherever you go in life, you’ll be a part of a society— a neighborhood, a community, a state, our great nation. Be active in that society. Do something in and with your life.” -George J. Mitchell From managing a health clinic in the vast highlands of Tibet to excavating fossils on the Kenyan savanna, the Collegium students spent the summer of 2006 enriching their educations and developing context for their futures. Students who intern with high profile government organizations or conduct biomedical research with faculty are able to solidify career goals and gain valuable experience in the field. Students abroad gain global perspective and sensitivity as they hone their language and research skills. The Collegium provides guidance for these talented students, helping them find the right internship or country to develop their interests and helping them apply for funding for their experience. As these students take the first steps towards their futures, the Honors Collegium makes their paths a little bit smoother.

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The Honors Collegium welcomes new Director, Professor David Tomasko Hello Everyone! I am very excited to step into the Director’s role starting this autumn. The codirectors whom I replace, Professor Kay Meyer and Professor Linda Harlow, have told me all about the great group of students that comprise the Collegium. Rebecca, Dana, and our new Program Assistant Jennifer have already begun laying out some exciting programs and activities for the coming year as you will see elsewhere in the newsletter. As you may know, the entering student profile for the University continues to improve and this means that members of the Collegium are part of an ever more prestigious group. We want nothing less than to see each and every one of them fulfill their potential and experience all that this institution and community have to offer. Since I am new to the position, Kay and Linda, as well as the rest of the staff, will be helping me navigate through this first year while I maintain a full teaching load in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. As we move forward, I want you know that I am personally committed to playing any role necessary to help the Collegium students achieve their goals. I am delighted to work with this talented group of students and hope that you share my excitement. - David David L. Tomasko, PhD Director, Honors Collegium

What We’ve Been Up To: While the students spent their summers developing career interests and global perspective, the summer offered Collegium staff chances to further develop and enrich the Honors Collegium. Collegium Programming Coordinator, Rebecca Ward, joined other Ohio State University representatives at the Call to Serve Campaign in Washington D.C.. Ohio State is one of six pilot schools invited by Partnership for Public Service to help determine sustainable ways to attract college students to careers and internships in federal public service. During their visit, representatives attended seminars sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the CIA University’s Intelligence Language Institute where they learned about the variety of opportunities for federal public service, particularly service in the study of foreign languages. Rebecca can now provide more informed advising for students interested in pursuing internships in public service or policy, giving Ohio State’s Collegium students an extra edge in their exploration of career options. Collegium Scholarships & Fellowships Coordinator, Dana Vredeveld, spent ten days this summer in the United Kingdom, attending the National Association of Fellowship Advisors Higher Education Symposia. Universities from all over the United Kingdom spoke to advisors and educators about their graduate programs and current American scholars shared their student experiences. The purpose of the Symposia was to create “an extended conversation about issues that have an impact on scholarship students studying in the region, American university fellowship advisors, and England, Scotland and Ireland based universities that host our [American] stuDana Vredeveld in Cambridge, England dents”. The seminars and exchange of ideas between scholarship advisors allow Dana to better understand the expectations placed on scholarship students, as well as the academic and funding opportunities available to them. With her summer experiences as additional tools, Dana is now even better equipped to prepare OSU students interested in graduate scholarships and fellowships.


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Staff Farewell and Welcome

excited to join the hard-working staff of the Honors Collegium.

The Collegium bids farewell to Program Assistant, Stacy Haynes. Stacy is a 2004 Honors graduate of Ohio State and is applying for the Fulbright Scholarship this autumn. She has left the Collegium to teach American Culture to high school students in Peru, and hopes to pursue her Fulbright experience in Turkey next year. We wish her luck and thank her for her valuable contributions to the Collegium during her time here.

Autumn welcomes another new face to the Collegium, our student assistant, Kyle Fannin. Kyle is a second year student majoring in Business with a minor in Human Nutrition. After graduation, he hopes to make an impact in public health through hospital administration.

Filling Stacy’s shoes is a Honors graduate from spring 2006, Jen Herman. Jen earned a dual degree in English and Evolution and Ecology. She hopes to pursue graduate work in rhetorical analysis and cultural studies in the future but is

Collegium Prepares Rhodes and Marshall Scholarship Nominees With deadlines fast approaching, the Collegium is helping Ohio State’s Rhodes and Marshall Scholarship candidates put the finishing touches on their applications. This year OSU will be sending forward six students to compete for these prestigious awards. Vying for the Rhodes Scholarship are Collegium students Taylor Nelms ’06, a recent graduate with a degree in Anthropology and Comparative Studies, and Yoonhee Ha ’07 a Truman Scholar with a double major in Microbiology and Finance. Other university candidates for the Rhodes are recent graduate, Victoria Reyes ’06, who holds a degree in International Studies and Psychology and is currently doing Fulbright research in the Philippines, and Laura Ensign ’07, a Chemical Engineer who works with developing insulin inhalants. Benjamin Jones ’06, pursuing a double major in Political Science and French, and Beth Josephsen ’06, an honors graduate in Theatre, compete for the Marshall, along with Taylor, Laura and Yoonhee. Of applying for these scholarships, Taylor Nelms says: “In truth, of course, it isn’t the applications themselves that matter, but the process of building them. Making connections, communicating a complex argument concisely, multi-tasking… No matter what your future plans may be, the process of fashioning these applications will prepare you

Top Row, left to right: Victoria Reyes, Yoonhee Ha, Laura Ensign, Beth Josephsen. Bottom Row, left to right: Ben Jones, Taylor Nelms

for them… The Collegium was the not-so-secret weapon behind my Rhodes and Marshall applications, reading and re-reading those letters of recommendation, furnishing feedback on my personal statements, and offering much needed emotional support”. We are proud to support these students as OSU nominates them for these awards and we congratulate them on their outstanding achievements and diligence through this process.

Scholarship Applicants Take Note! Truman & Goldwater campus deadlines have been moved up to November 15th, from their former dates in early January. This change will put us on the same schedule as our benchmark institutions and allow OSU to continue our successful preparation of students for these important competitions

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Joshua Lotz I spent the summer in Tibet, managing a small medical clinic run by the Surmang Foundation, an American non-profit organization. I was in charge of logis-

tics, translation and managing construction projects for the summer, and even represented the clinic when the government tried to shut us down. I was

most impressed by the resilience of the Tibetan people. Most of our patients were nomadic herders who live in tents made of yak hair. The only foods available locally are roasted barley, homemade yogurt and yak meat. Despite the extremely harsh living conditions, the patients were some of the most friendly and welcoming people I've ever met.

At A Glance: What and Where: Tibet, Managing a health clinic. Graduation Year: 2008 Area of Study: Biochemistry, Chinese

these problems first-hand will inevitably be helpful in my future.

My experiences this summer brought me face to face with many health problems faced by poor nomads in modern Tibet. Their problems are the same as those faced in other poor areas of the world. I plan to pursue a career in global health, so experiencing and addressing

Matthew Borths On June 10th I left North America to join Dr. Jack Harris of Rutgers University on the east bank of Lake Turkana in Kenya, an area famous for fossils of our ancient ancestors. We excavated footprints of Homo erectus and unearthed some of the earliest evi-

dence of butchery with stone tools ever discovered. We did all this while fending off scorpions and interacting with the local Dassanech community, an agro-pastoralist tribe native to Northern Kenya. We can now use the evidence amassed during our seven week field season to ask questions about the development of the human mind, the invention of culture, and our later migration from Africa to the rest of the world.

studying the K-T boundary, the geological division between the Mesozoic and the Cenezoic. This is the fascinating moment when Dinosaurs bit the dust, leaving the world open to mammalian diversification and radiation. I assisted in the search for more fossil evidence of these resilient little mammals who dodged an asteroid, and eventually evolved into primates then bipedal hominids.

I then left Mombassa for Bowman, North Dakota. There Dr. John Hunter, a vertebrate paleontologist of Ohio State’s Department of EEOB, is working in the Badlands

This summer saw the fulfillment of many childhood aspirations, from seeing an elephant in the wild, to touching a Triceratops horn still locked in the earth, but it also helped define what questions I want to pursue in the coming months, years and even in my later career. What do fossils reveal about behavior? How does the environment shape a species physically and mentally? The questions roll on, and I can’t help but get caught up in the rush of discovery.

At A Glance: What and Where: Archeological excavation, Kenya and Badlands, ND. Graduation Year: 2008 Area of Study: Geological Sciences, Anthropology


Carolyn Wait Her tears slid down her weathered cheek and into her standard-issue breakfast of cheese on toast and cornflakes. I patiently sat by this elderly woman as she tried to regain control of the emotions that had surfaced

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that I would be working as a research assistant to a professor who specialized in epidemiological studies of nutrition in the elderly. As my internship progressed with background reading, numerous site visits to senior centers, and data analysis, I

“Research…[is] about gaining a deeper understanding of everyday life and the world around us, complete with all of its wonders, complexities and imperfections” during the interview about health, depression and appetite. I never quite envisioned that I would end up at a senior center just outside of Washington, D.C. when I set out to find what else research involved beyond pushing test tubes in a lab. I drove out to the University of Maryland-College Park knowing only

Emily Nurre I studied art in Florence, Italy, this summer. The first day of painting class remains vivid in my mind. I walked briskly to keep up with the class as we approached our first site assignment on the banks of the Arno River in Firenze. I could think of nothing but the elusive Italian vista and the daunting blank canvas at my side demanding to

began to see “the layers of the onion,” as my supervisor was fond of saying. It was much At A Glance: What and Where: Research Assistant in nutrition, U. of Maryland

more complicated than the cut and dried examples I was used to seeing in classes. In the end, I learned what research is all about: gaining a deeper understanding of everyday life and the world around us, complete with all of its wonders, complexities and imperfections.

Graduation Year: 2008 Area of Study: Human Nutrition, Dietetics

be filled. It was not until I pushed a fresh dripping paintbrush toward the canvas that I realized I was living a dream. I was studying art in the birthplace of the Renaissance, attempting to capture the same Tuscan vistas that adorned Da Vinci’s paintings. I was painting where works of art had been created for centuries and where masters were inspired to create the same basic artistic principles that I was about to learn. The realization brought indescribable feelings of joy, responsibility, and challenge. I was humbled and honored to be facing the canvas in Florence in the shadow of masters.

At A Glance: What and Where: Studying art, Tuscany, Italy Graduation Year: 2007 Area of Study: Molecular Genetics, Art

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Olivia Twu: “It’s up to you,” said Jenny, a post-doc from England. “It’s up to me,” I said to myself as I formulated the next experiment in my mind. It was then that I realized my role: I wasn’t a summer intern, I was simply another brain from which ideas were expected to spring and flow. At the National Institute of Dia-

Mridula Manohar: For a week in August I participated in the Research and Science seminar with Procter & Gamble. I toured the labs and facilities, and met with administrators, including A.G. Lafley, P&G’s CEO. We participated in many case studies that emphasized teamwork and problem solving skills and had the chance to talk with consumers as

betes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institute of Health, I was assigned a project to characterize monoclonal antibodies using liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. Researching with the National Institute of Health was enriching in that I was able to work independently on a project not previously detailed in scientific literature. Everything from developing the methods and experiments to analyzing the data were part of my experience. The benefit of working at a large multi-billion dollar government institution was the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and to have sophisticated tools and equipment available to perform any experiment I

well. At the end of the week we were interviewed for a full 12 week internship; I received an offer, and will pursue the internship next summer. The experience was valuable because I was able to see how my field of study applies in the “real world” and how I can use my current knowledge to improve consumer goods. Although I am still drawn to the research in biochemistry that I conduct at Ohio State, this experience has opened another door and given me more options I can explore for my future career. I also traveled in India for a month. The day I spent in Agra, touring the Taj Mahal, was a more enriching experience than any history class I’ve taken.

could dream up.

At A Glance: What and Where: Intern with National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Disease, Washington D.C. Graduation Year: 2008 Area of Study: Biochemistry

At A Glance: What and Where: Research and Science Seminar, Proctor & Gamble Graduation Year: 2008 Area of Study: Biochemistry


Amy Eakins This summer I volunteered in the archeology and education departments at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio. I worked with “Ancient Expedition,” a class where the kids learned about ancient Egypt. I also volunteered at an archaeological dig north of Dayton at a Fort Ancient Native American village,

Michael Jaung

This summer, I spent eight weeks living and studying in the Dominican Republic. I focused on environmental, health, and nutrition issues. I lived with a host family in Jarabacoa. My study abroad group also spent time visiting and living in rural communities and metropolitan areas to gather data for our research. My own thesis focused on trauma care systems in the Cibao region where I lived. I interviewed patients and doctors

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similar to Sunwatch Indian Village, that was discovered fourteen years ago. We dug out square-meter pits in the ground, searching for artifacts like pottery, bone, and charcoal fragments, and then sifted the soil for smaller pieces. On the day before the site was closed for the season, one of the interns found an intact jawbone! I loved seeing the kids at camp get fired up about science and invention. It really made me realize how much influence I had over their educational development and showed me how much I love helping kids learn to enjoy education and discovery. I’ve always been interested in how people

and observed emergency rooms in numerous sites varying from a rural clinic to the largest public hospital in Santiago. My research and personal experiences in the Dominican Republic showed me firsthand the complex challenges facing healthcare in the developing world, difficulties that can be further exacerbated by a corrupt or unresponsive government. One example is the vertidero, the Santiago city dump. It has become a grave threat to the city residents because of urban growth. In addition to the hazardous fumes that drift into the city, two neighborhoods have grown within its borders. Many of the people living there subsist by collecting materials from the dump for resale. While the situation is grim, many nongovernmental organizations are

take in and manipulate information– I’d like to do research in the differences between how children and adults learn. At A Glance: What and Where: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton, Ohio Graduation Year: 2010 Area of Study: Anthropology, English

working with the city to improve health and economy in this area. In the future they hope to convert the dump to a controlled landfill. These experiences have solidified my interest in public health and whet my appetite to further explore other corners of our world. At A Glance: What and Where: Studied health and nutrition, Dominican Republic Graduation Year: 2008 Area of Study: Microbiology

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Anjali Chavan For eight weeks, I worked in Washington D.C. as a research intern for Good Jobs First, a nonprofit organization. The NGO is one of the nation’s “leading resource center[s] for grassroots groups and public officials seeking to make economic develop-

my horizons, but also helped me hone my research skills. As an intern, I assisted on numerous short projects ranging from sprawl issues in Michigan and Minnesota to applying for a researcher’s card at the Library of Congress. Along with these endeavors, I also was assigned the laborious task of gathering information about “tax increment financing” or as we in-the-know call it “TIF”. While this internship provided me with increased insight into a subject that I was not familiar with, it also taught me that I am more suited to an At A Glance:

ment subsidies more accountable, while also promoting smart growth policies that enhance the well-being of working families.” The summer not only broadened

Heather Sweetser I was a camp counselor at AlWaha, a Concordia Language Village in Vergas, Minnesota. Talk about an experience! I have new found respect for camp counselors. Basic training was heaps easier; I certainly had more time off! The idea behind the Concordia Language Villages is to send

What and Where: Intern with Good Jobs First, Washington D.C. Graduation Year: 2008 Area of Study: Political Science, Criminology

active public service position. Everyone in D.C. has a passion; this discovery amazed and delighted me. I never met one person who was apathetic. Being in D.C. taught me that there are others who want to realize the same goals I do; it was a truly enlightening experience.

kids, ages 8-18, to immersion experiences where they can learn a language in settings that recreate the experiences they would have were they to go to villages in foreign countries. The Arabic village had its own challenge, since the Arab world represents 22 countries! We had counselors from Egypt, Sudan, and Tunisia, as well as those of us from America. Unfortunately we were understaffed; a lot of counselors were denied visas from the American Government. The experience was a good one for me; teaching the small learning groups (we called them mughamara - or adventure in Arabic) were the best part of my days. This reinforced my goal of teaching Arabic in the future!

At A Glance: What and Where: Counselor at AlWaha Language Village, Minnesota Graduation Year: 2008 Area of Study: Arabic, International Studies


Matt Wohlever This summer I did biochemical research at The Ohio State University under Dr. Richard P. Swenson, the department Chair, investigating how the cofactor FMN binds to the flavodoxin protein. This research project was funded by a grant through the Biochemistry Department’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

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Robert Denomme I participated in the Ross Mathematics Program this summer. The program was an exploration into mathematical thinking and writing. Its purpose was not to teach number theory, but how to conduct mathematical research. The program was a perfect fit for me – I have been fascinated by number theory ever since I learned to love mathematics years ago. In a discussion with “It is one thing to be great at finding truths, but to make other about the research you do, you must become excellent at developing your ideas in an.. insightful way.”

At A Glance: What and Where: Biochemical research, The Ohio State University Graduation Year: 2008 Area of Study: Biochemistry

Meagan Grund

Dr. Peter March, Math Department Chair, I learned that a key to success in mathematics is to know your weaknesses. My biggest is in proof writing and explanation of mathematical ideas on paper. It is one thing to be a great truth finder, but to inspire other people to care about your research you must develop your ideas on paper in an entertaining and insightful way. Ross fit me well because the students were each given a counselor that read and critiqued their work. My counselor showed me how to write more concisely, in elegant English, challenging me to fit a This summer I interned with the physical therapist who works with dancers from Ballet Met in Columbus. The experience has been enlightening. I also worked with special needs children in a developmental dance class. While I’m not sure about combining physical therapy and dance, working with these kids was a certainly a rewarding experience.

At A Glance: What and Where: Ross Mathematics Program, The Ohio State University Graduation Year: 2009 Area of Study: Mathematics, Computer Science

proof into half the space I had used before. This summer was an experience in learning math and expressing my own thinking. It will certainly impact my performance in my research for the rest of my life.

At A Glance: What and Where: Intern Ballet Met, Columbus’s Physical Therapist, teaching developmental dance to special needs children Graduation Year: 2009 Area of Study: Dance

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Autumn Quarter Events of Note Interview and Résumé Workshops Held quarterly, these workshops help students develop valuable skills necessary for success. Whether applying for a scholarship or an internship, the abilities that they hone during these forums will certainly benefit their future competitive endeavors. Distinguished Professor Presentations Collegium Advisory Committee members, Professor Kevin Boyle of the Department of History and Professor Anne McCoy of the Department of Chemistry, will speak to Collegium students autumn quarter. These sessions will introduce students to specific research, and allow them to make personal connections with professors. These gatherings also offer Collegium students a chance to socialize with students who study a variety of fields; interactions like these encourage students to develop a broader view of their educations and the world.

NEW TO COLLEGIUM ~ The Honors Collegium website gets a facelift ~ Check out its new look and stay up to date on events. ~ Friday Forums ~ Collegium students take the reins weekly as they discuss their ideas, listen to professors they invite, enjoy the company of other students.

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~ Collegium Courses ~ Autumn quarter features Politics and Religion in America. Featuring distinguished speakers, the course takes an objective look at the role that religion plays in contemporary politics. Comparative Studies Professor, Tanya Erzen, teaches this class.

About the Honors Collegium

Above: Russia, Kelsey Willingham ‘09 and friends spell out “Ohio State” in front of a statue of Lenin.

The Honors Collegium provides resources and support for talented, purposeful students who are driven to make a difference in the world. Members of the Honors Collegium are expected to pursue high profile internships, gain acceptance into the nation’s top graduate programs, and compete for prestigious scholarships and fellowships. The Honors Collegium also coordinates the application and nomination process for undergraduates applying for national scholarships and fellowships.

Editor: Jen Herman

Autumn 2006 Newsletter  

Scholarship & Fellowship: Rhodes and Marshall nominees Staff Updates: Collegium welcomes new director; Col- legium activities Summer Sto...

Autumn 2006 Newsletter  

Scholarship & Fellowship: Rhodes and Marshall nominees Staff Updates: Collegium welcomes new director; Col- legium activities Summer Sto...