Take Your Professor To Lunch Program

Compliments of the College of Arts and Sciences!

Although our university is large, there are many opportunities to become better acquainted with our faculty. Sharing lunch and an informal conversation is a great way to explore educational and research opportunities, to identify or confirm your career direction, as well as build an educational relationship – an important factor when requesting a future letter of reference.

This program is student initiated with an undergraduate student inviting a College of Arts and Sciences faculty member to lunch. Meal cards are limited and distributed first-come, first-served.

The Details ...

What you need to do

  1. To be eligible, you must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. If you are unsure, just check the eligibility guidelines below.
  2. Review the information below - be certain to read student and faculty eligibility. Because funding for this program is limited, and we wish to extend this opportunity to as many undergraduate arts and sciences majors as possible, you may request a set of meal cards once per semester (once autumn semester and once spring semester) whether you dine alone with a faculty member or as part of a student group.
  3. Invite a College of Arts and Sciences faculty member (cannot be a graduate student - GTA/GRA/GAA) to lunch and confirm a date and time that you will meet. To ensure we have enough time to process your request, please set the date at least one week in the future. This date must be finalized before completing the application. For spring semester requests, the date for your lunch must occur before the last day of spring semester final exams. If you are unsure whether your teacher is eligible, just check the eligibility guidelines below.
  4. Select a location that accepts OSU Dining Dollars. Please see the University Residences and Dining Services website for dining locations and hours. (Please note: the Blackwell Inn and the Heirloom Café in the Wexner Center do not accept OSU Dining Dollars.)
  5. Complete the online request form at least one week before your scheduled lunch. The online form is linked at the bottom of this page. Please see the note regarding availability of cards during summer term.
  6. Registration is open during the academic year, autumn and spring terms.
  7. You and your professor will be notified via email within one week. We will let you know whether the lunch has been approved and, if approved, where to pick up your meal cards – one for your meal and one for the faculty member’s meal.

Who is eligible?

Student Eligibility: The program is open to undergraduate students who are enrolled on the Columbus campus and who have declared a major in the College of Arts and Sciences. You may request a set of meal cards once per semester (once autumn semester and once spring semester) whether dining alone with a faculty member or as part of a student group. Unsure if your major is in the College of Arts and Sciences? Check the list of ASC majors.

Faculty Eligibility: The teacher must teach in the College of Arts and Sciences on the Columbus campus and cannot be a Graduate Assistant (GAA/GRA/GTA). 

Are you unsure? Check Find People to ensure your teacher is: 1) a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences; and, 2) holds an appointment as an instructor, assistant professor, associate professor or professor.

Using Your Meal Card

Where may I use the meal cards?

You may use the meal cards at any Ohio State dining facility that accepts OSU Dining Dollars.

Please see University Dining Services for locations and hours. (Please note: the Blackwell Inn and the Heirloom Café in the Wexner Center do not accept OSU Dining Dollars.)

What do the meal cards cover?

Each meal card may be used to purchase up to $10 in food/beverage.  There is no time restriction so that you may choose to have breakfast, lunch or dinner with the faculty member. Any expenses not covered by the meal card must be paid for by the student.  Card requests for spring semester must be used before the end of the term.

May I invite other students to accompany me?

Yes, a student group of no more than three students including yourself may invite a faculty member to lunch. Students may participate in this program once per semester (once Autumn Semester and once Spring Semester) whether dining alone with a faculty member or as part of a group.  All students in the group must be eligible (see eligibility above) in order to be included.  Information for all students will be required on the request form. This includes:

  • Full name
  • Arts and Sciences major(s)
  • Ohio State email address (name.#@osu.edu or name.#@buckeyemail.osu.edu)

The student who completes the online application will be responsible for picking up the meal cards for all approved members of the group.

How often may I receive a meal card?

You may request a set of meal cards once per semester (once Autumn Semester and once Spring Semester) whether you dine alone with a faculty member or as part of a student group.

What if I have questions about this program?

If you have questions, please contact Ann Rottersman, Director of Student Programs, at rottersman.1@osu.edu or 247-2566.

Online Application (will reopen at the start of Autumn Semester)

Remember - in order to be eligible you must be an undergraduate student who has officially declared a major in the College of Arts and Sciences and your faculty guest must be a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The online application is open during autumn and spring semesters while classes are in session.

Between terms and for summer term, please email rottersman.1@osu.edu to verify availability of meal cards prior to scheduling your faculty lunch.

Online application

Remember, to be eligible you must be an undergraduate student who has officially declared a major in the College of Arts and Sciences and your guest must be a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The online application is open during autumn and spring semesters while classes are in session. Between terms, for May session and for Summer term, email rottersman.1@osu.edu to verify availability of meal cards prior to scheduling your faculty lunch.

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