Gold Rush: Nov. 5-7, 2019

Gold RushGold Rush = an Arts and Sciences scavenger hunt for Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students

How to play:

  1. Follow ASCatOSU on [Ig] to get clues
  2. Find tickets at iconic Arts and Sciences locations on and around campus
  3. Claim [Au]some prizes*

*Limit: one gift card per student

What students are saying

So I can stop haphazardly searching every floor now? Yay! This was a good one. — Meghan P.

Certainly a worthy test for a graduating senior. Now I've definitely earned my diploma. — Ricky G.

Where was the clue? We were in the building ... but couldn't find it! — Aiswarya D.

I've had way too much fun with this today… — Brittany G.

Gold Rush Spring 2019

DAY 1 – April 2

Gold Rush spring 2019It’s Gold Rush time — swipe to see the first two clues. We will comment and update our story when each ticket has been found. Good luck!

CLUE #1: The first golden ticket is hiding where faculty study Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Edward Munch’s “The Scream” and everything in between.

CLUE #2: This Gold Rush ticket is hiding at a campus location that offers a taste of summer all year round!

CLUE #3: It shouldn’t take someone trained in global security and intelligence to solve this clue, but students in this program might have an advantage.

CLUE #4: Are the locations of these prizes being gerrymandered? Ask a professor in this department to find out.

DAY 2 – April 3

It’s day 2/3 of Gold Rush! You’ll have six chances today to find [Au]some free prizes hidden around campus.

CLUE #5: Ni hao, Buckeyes! We’ve hidden this golden ticket at the home of the program that held a celebration for the Year of the Pig on Feb. 5

CLUE #6: Shut up and _____ with me!

CLUE #7: Thomas Jefferson was the first person to bring attention to this species, which can be found in the museum where we’ve placed this Gold Rush ticket.

CLUE #8: Professors and students in the department with the next hidden ticket know what’s up.

CLUE #9: No bones about it — we really dig Gold Rush.

CLUE #10: The research being done in this department is full of charm — that is if you’re referring to the charm quark in the standard model of elementary particles.

DAY 3 – April 4

It’s the last day of Gold Rush, but we’ve still got four clues up our sleeve.

CLUE #11: Researchers at this center trek to the far ends of the Earth to understand more about climate change. To claim this prize, you’ll just have to trek to West Campus. 

CLUE #12: We hope your interest in this scavenger hunt isn’t depreciating, because we still have a supply of [Au]some prizes. 

CLUE #13: The center where we’ve hidden this ticket, mainly housed in the Department of Philosophy, studies issues surrounding politics, morality and society.

CLUE #14: The last prize’s location was picked by design; it was fun turning campus into a gold mine.

Gold Rush Fall 2018


DAY 1 – Oct. 24

1. Psychology (225 Psychology Building) 8:10 a.m $15 Target
Gold Rush Clue #1: Get psyched, Buckeyes — our campus scavenger hunt starts now! We’ve hidden the first golden ticket, but try not to get too big of an ego if you find it.
WINNER: Gracyn Noffert

2. WGSS (286 University Hall) 10:15 a.m. $15 Chipotle
Gold Rush Clue #2:
Whether you
Go by ‘he,’ ‘she’ or ‘they,’ we
Suspect you can
Solve this clue.
WINNER: Logan Chrislip

3. EEOB (300 Aronoff Lab) 11:30 a.m. $15 Target
Gold Rush Clue #3: Fungus, rattlesnakes and wasps, oh my! The department where we’ve placed the next prize oversees many collections and facilities, including the @MBDatOSU and the @TriplehornInsectCollection.
WINNER: Becky Steiner

4. Journalism (2nd floor Journalism Building) 12:45 p.m. $10 Starbucks
Gold Rush Clue #4: Extra! Extra! Read all about it!
WINNER: Spencer Wallentine

5. Center for Applied Plant Sciences (012 Rightmire Hall, 1060 Carmack Road) 3 p.m. $15 Target
Gold Rush Clue #5: You’ll need to go green if you want to strike gold at this center on west campus.
WINNER: Jack Wang

DAY 2 – Oct. 25

1. Criminal Justice Research Center (202 Townshend Hall) 8:30 a.m. $10 Starbucks
Gold Rush Clue #6: Researchers at this center are solving problems to better the criminal justice system. You’re solving clues to win prizes. Pretty much the same thing, right?
WINNER: Jackie LeAnn Posey

2. FRIT (200 Hagerty Hall) 10 a.m. $15 Target
Gold Rush Clue #7: Trouvez cet indice où le français est enseigné. Oh, e non dimenticare l'italiano!
WINNER: Ben Elsbrock

3. Molecular Genetics (105 Biological Sciences Building) 11:30 a.m. $15 Chipotle
Gold Rush Clue #8: The nucleotides have turned: the next AU ticket has travelled across campus to the home of a department that teaches everything from RNA and DNA to genomics and plant biology.
WINNER: Sophia Wiedmann

4. Music (Weigel Hall) 1 p.m. $10 Starbucks
Gold Rush Clue #9: Doesn’t Gold Rush just make you want to break out into song?
WINNER: Hongyu Shang

5. Planetarium (top floor Smith Laboratory) 2:45 p.m. $15 Target
Gold Rush Clue #10: The sky’s the limit at this out-of-this-world campus facility.
WINNER: Rachel Patton

DAY 3 – Oct. 26

1. History (106 Dulles Hall) 8:15 a.m. $15 Target
Gold Rush Clue #11: Students who don’t learn from classes in this major are doomed to repeat them.
WINNER: Cameron Kotick

2. Math (Math Tower) 10 a.m. $10 Starbucks
Gold Rush Clue #12: We’ll keep this clue short, to avoid going off on a tangent.
WINNER: Chelsea Barton

3. Geography (Derby Hall) 11:10 a.m. $10 Chick-fil-A
Gold Rush Clue #13: “Weather” or not you’re a student in this department, you should be able to map out where this next prize is.
WINNER: Gus Wulsin

4. Data Analytics Major (Pomerene Hall) 12:20 p.m. $10 Starbucks
Gold Rush Clue #14: Students in this cross-disciplinary major combine expertise in computer science, math and statistics, and might meet up to study in a newly renovated space that was once a women’s gymnasium.
WINNER: Kim Brunney Redeemed

5. Hopkins Hall Gallery (Hopkins Hall) 2:15 p.m. $15 Chipotle
FINAL Gold Rush Clue: In order to find the final Gold Rush ticket, you’ll need to Gough to this building on the Oval. Thanks for playing, everyone!
WINNER: Ben Salopek

Gold Rush Spring 2018

Day 1 – April 10

Theatre (Drake) 8:45 a.m. $15 Target
Gold Rush Clue #1: This isn’t a dress rehearsal — the [Au]some Arts and Sciences scavenger hunt starts now! The first golden ticket takes the stage in this building, which overlooks the Olentangy River.
WINNER: Logan Chrislip

Orton Geological Museum (Orton Hall) 10 a.m. $10 Chipotle
Gold Rush Clue #2: Towering over The Oval, this building is ho
me to fossils, minerals and your next prize.
WINNER: Edison C.

Philosophy (350 University Hall) 10 a.m. $15 Chipotle
Gold Rush Clue #7: What exactly IS the meaning of life? Head on over to this department to find out. 
WINNER: Christina Daragen

Mathematical Biosciences Institute (364 Jennings Hall) 12:20 p.m. $15 Target
Gold Rush Clue #4: We’ve positioned this prize on south campus at the intersection of mathematics and biology.
WINNER: Gracyn Noffert

English (421 Denney Hall) 2:40 p.m. $10 Amazon
Gold Rush Clue #5: 
All that glitters is not gold; often have you heard that told. 
The space that holds the day’s last clue
is home to wordsmiths, poets and playwrights, too.
WINNER: Ben Elsbrock

Day 2 – April 11

Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (455 Hagerty Hall) 8:45 a.m. $10 Starbucks
Gold Rush Clue #6: Good Morrow! Dost thou have the skills to find this next prize? We’ve placed it at this center, which houses experts on witchcraft and magic. ✨ 
WINNER: Dan Paul

Anthropology (4034 Smith Lab) 10 a.m. $15 Chipotle
Gold Rush Clue #7: The department where we’ve placed this prize really does have skeletons in their closet.  
WINNER: Kathryn Hohman

Linguistics (Oxley Hall) 11:10 a.m. $10 Starbucks
Gold Rush Clue #8: This department lets you study Klingon, Elvish and Dothraki. You can also take a class in codebreaking and cryptography. Can you crack this clue to find your prize?
WINNER: Alana Osterday

Speech and Hearing Science (110 Pressey Hall, 1070 Carmack Road west campus) 12:20 p.m. $15 Target
Gold Rush Clue #9: Can you hear me now? You’ll have to travel west to find this clue, which is at the home of this state-of-the-art department and clinic.
WINNER: Shauna Fiebing

Economics (410 Arps Hall) 2:40 p.m. $15 Target
Gold Rush Clue #10 (last of the day!): Gold standard or no, classes in this building will teach you just how valuable this scavenger hunt really is. 
WINNER: Mackenzie Lauter

Day 3 – April 12

Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (M2023 Physics Research Building) 10 a.m. $15 Target
It’s the last day of Gold Rush, but you still have five chances to win! You’ll find the day’s first ticket at this [out-of-this-] world-class research center, where faculty are studying some pretty dark matter.
WINNER: Nathaniel Burge

Film Studies (150 Hagerty Hall) 11:10 a.m. $15 Target
Gold Rush Clue #12: Students with this major probably spend a lot of time watching for “Easter eggs,” but today, they should be searching their building for the next golden ticket.
WINNER: Joey Belsan

Neuroscience Major (10 Townshend Hall) 12:20 p.m. $10 Starbucks
Gold Rush Clue #13: Did you know that the brain technically named itself? Does that mean that students in this major are studying themselves because they are using their brains to study brains? Now we’ve confused ourselves. Good luck finding the clue!
WINNER: Nick Salgia

ACCAD (331 Sullivant Hall) 2:40 p.m. $10 Starbucks
Gold Rush Clue #14: An alum of this digital arts space co-founded Blue Sky Studios, which created the “Ice Age” movies.
WINNER: Rachel Clark

Political Science (2140 Derby) 3:50 p.m. $15 Chipotle
FINAL Gold Rush Clue: We feel that hosting this scavenger hunt has been our civic duty, which is why we’ve elected the final golden ticket to be placed at the home of this centrally located department. Thanks for playing!
WINNER: Ben Salopek

Gold Rush Fall 2017

Day 1 – Oct. 18, 2017

Geography (Derby): 
Today’s forecast calls for sun and lots of GOLD! To find the first clue, head on over to this department, home of the atmospheric sciences major.

Hopkins Hall Gallery (Hopkins Hall): 
You’ll find everything from photography to sculpture on display at this gallery on campus.

Music (Weigel): 
We don’t mean to toot our own horn, but this space holds a 720-seat concert hall and houses 11 different music studios.

Biology (Jennings): 
This building is home to Ohio State’s largest undergraduate major, where students study life and living organisms.

Earth Sciences (Mendenhall): 
When you walk into this building, the first thing you’ll see is a large tectonic map of the world — it rocks!

Day 2 – Oct. 19, 2017

Design (Hayes): 
The construction date for this building is 1893 — making it the oldest remaining building on campus — but the department it houses is contemporary and ever-changing. 

Journalism (Journalism Building): 
Extra! Extra! Read all about it … in this building, home to The Lantern. 

International Studies (Townshend): 
This program sends students all over the world, but to get this clue, you’ll only need to travel down a flight of stairs.

Physics (PRB): 
To find this clue, you’ll need to be (SCARLET) laser-focused.

Orton Hall: 
Listen for the Chimes to lead you to your next clue, in a building named for Ohio State’s first president.

Day 3 – Oct. 20, 2017

Byrd Polar (Scott Hall): 
Though the polar explorer who this center was named after was famous for traveling south, you’ll need to go west to find this clue.

Chem and Biochem (CBEC): 
Did you know gold’s atomic number is 79? For your next clue, head on over to this interdisciplinary building where they use the periodic table all the time in their research.

AAAS (University Hall): 
The primary mission of this department is to stimulate teaching and research about the Black experience in the United States, Africa and throughout the African Diaspora.

Math (Math Tower): 
For this clue, head up to the Ö49 floor of this building.

Psychology (Psych Building): 
From a department that has been around since 1907, this building has it all, including laboratories, clinics and a state-of-the-art neuroimaging facility.

Spring 2016: April 5 - 7

April 5: Day 1

Gold Rush 1

  1. Do want to create and explore art and ideas through the production, examination and evaluation of the visual arts? This is the place for you! (Art)
  2. Do you desire to enhance your global career opportunities and to increase your ability to communicate with speakers of different languages? You will want to make your way here… (Hagerty Hall)
  3. This Center provides state of the art studios for animation, motion capture, interactive design, media production and mediated performance design. (ACCAD)
  4. This space hosts one of the premier programs of its kind in the United States and is at the forefront of contemporary modern dance through choreographic and performance exploration, creative use of technologies and reimagining the documentation of dance traditions. (Dance)
  5. René Descartes once described this are of study as, “… a more powerful instrument of knowledge than any other that has been bequeathed to us by human agency.” Come find your Gold Rush card at the Tower devoted to this department! (Mathematics)

April 6: Day 2

Gold Rush 2

  1. This department allows you to take classes on Dracula and The Walking Dead, Richard II, and Game of Thrones. Study 1984 and Halo. Immerse yourself in the classics of yesterday and today will looking for this clue... (English)
  2. This department is one of the nation's leading programs in political psychology, a strong program in political economy, a developing presence in formal theory and political theory, and a new program in race, ethnicity, and gender. Good luck! (Political Science)
  3. This department's primary mission is to critically engage cultural meaning through excellence in research, policy, teaching, and leadership that fosters social change and advances the public interest through the arts and visual culture. (Arts Administration, Education and Policy)
  4. This Department boasts the most extensive offering of African languages (Swahili, Zulu, Twi, Somali and Yoruba) found at any university in the US! (African American and African Studies)
  5. Be sure to say hello to Jeff the seven-foot-tall giant ground sloth skeleton when you enter this building to find the Gold Rush card! (Orton Geological Museum)

April 7: Day 3

Gold Rush 3

  1. This new research building is quickly becoming one of our favorite spots on campus! (Physics Research Building)
  2. When do new companies start up? Why is unemployment so high? What determines interest rates or inflation or stock prices? This department answers questions like these. (Economics)
  3. You don't even have to be inside of this building to admire design... (Hayes Hall)
  4. While you are here, pick up your tickets for Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street this weekend! (Drake Performance and Event Center)
  5. The final ticket is just at our doorstep... come get it and then come see us for your prize! (Derby Hall)

Spring 2015: March 31 to April 2

March 31: Day 1

Weather: Sunny and windy

Spring 2015 Gold Rush Clues, Day 1

  1. Are you interested in interdisciplinary research that considers the ways gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, ability and age, shape and are shaped by culture and society? (Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies)
  2. Would you like to explore questions in genetics, molecular biology, cell biology and developmental biology using viruses, fungi, plants, and animals, with strengths in model organisms and genetic systems? (Molecular Genetics)
  3. Do you dream of developing methodology for data acquisition and analyzing the science of decision making under uncertainty? (Statistics)

April 1: Day 2

Weather: Sunny and perfect

Spring 2015 Gold Rush Clues, Day 2

  1. Would you like to explore study of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution and taxonomy? (Center for Life Sciences Education)
  2. Do you crave advanced study across the spectrum of time? (Department of History)
  3. Want to perform in front of thousands of people, explore educational methodology or conduct ground-breaking research? (School of Music)

April 2: Day 3

Weather: Rainy

Spring 2015 Gold Rush Clues, Day 3

  1. Want to jump-start your career in the sciences, health sciences or engineering all while fueling Ohio’s economy? (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  2. Are languages your thing? This department provides cultural instruction to over 10,000 students a year. (Department of Spanish and Portuguese)
  3. Do you dream of going far beyond the Oval and gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of other peoples and cultures? (International Studies)

Gold Rush Spring 2014: April 1-3

April 1: Day 1

Weather: Sunny and perfect

Spring 2014 Gold Rush Clues, Day 1

  1. Want to know what key pathways in the brain control emotion, attention, self-control? (Department of Psychology)
  2. Ever think about what drives the universe? (Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics)
  3. Would you like to explore the visual arts? Study ceramics at one of the oldest ceramics programs in the U.S.? Maybe concentrate on painting, drawing or photography? (Department of Art)
  4. Do you like to go stargazing in the middle of the day? (Ohio State Planetarium)
  5. Do you love music? Performance or maybe music theory and composition? (School of Music)

April 2: Day 2

Weather: Showers and much cooler than yesterday 

Spring 2014 Gold Rush Clues, Day 2

  1. Do you want to know more about the great masters from medieval China to contemporary America? (History of Art)
  2. Do you want to study dance, movement or choreography? Or something really new like dance and technology? (Department of Dance and ACCAD)
  3. Interested in what makes things tick? How biological cells communicate with each other? Ways disease is transmitted, prevented and controlled? (Center for Life Sciences Education)
  4. Do you want to explore whether fiction is still relevant in a data-driven age? (Department of English)
  5. Do you love numbers, charts and graphs? (Department of Mathematics)

April 3: Day 3

Weather: Rain, rain and more rain

Spring 2014 Gold Rush Clues, Day 3

  1. Are you interested in Greek and Roman antiquity? (Department of Classics)
  2. Do you see yourself as an educator, healer, researcher, innovator — finding a cure for cancer? Inventing/creating "smart" materials to transform the world? (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  3. Interested in what determines interest rates or inflation or stock prices? (Department of Economics)
  4. Do you dream of making discoveries that make a difference in real-world problems of global energy, environmental impacts, food production and water supplies? (School of Earth Sciences)
  5. Want to investigate gun control, immigration, the environment, civil rights? (Political Science)