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Ohio State celebrates its sesquicentennial

University Hall in the 40s

Since its founding in 1870, The Ohio State University has epitomized the belief that in educating our citizenry, we ensure a better tomorrow for ourselves and as a society. In the 2019-20 academic year, the university will mark 150 years with a global celebration for all Buckeyes that honors and explores our history, celebrates who we are today, and envisions and embraces our future.

Buckeye Biography

Ohio State is inviting all of Buckeye Nation to celebrate the university’s sesquicentennial with a free, self-paced online course commemorating its 150-year history based on the popular History of Ohio State course.

Buckeye Biography: 150 Years of Ohio State launched Aug. 19 through Canvas Network and is open to the public. You read that right — anyone inside or outside the Ohio State community is welcome to enroll in this tailor-made course at no charge.

Buckeye Biography is taught by David Staley, associate professor of history, and Tamar Chute, head of University Archives. Staley and Chute walk online learners through nine modules covering: Origins, The Thompson Era, Town and Gown, Research University, Global, Athletics, Student Life, 1960s, and Myths and Traditions. Those taking the course will be able to learn through videos, archival documents and photographs, optional quizzes, and can even participate in discussions with others through social media prompts.

There are no requirements or restrictions for taking this course, and it will be available through Dec. 18, 2020. Those who finish the course will even get a digital badge to show they’re a true Buckeye historian! Enroll now at go.osu.edu/buckeye-biography-enroll.

1979 psychology Students

1979: Psychology students working on a mouse maze.

150 student scholarships

The celebration 150 years in the making includes a new scholarship program designed to develop current students into future leaders.

On the occasion of this 150th anniversary, the university granted 150 sesquicentennial scholarships to students for the 2019-2020 academic year, and of those, 32 students come from the College of Arts and Sciences. The Sesquicentennial Student Scholar Leadership Program is one part of the university’s sesquicentennial celebration and demonstrates a commitment to increasing access and affordability while recognizing students’ academic and nonacademic accomplishments and diverse interests.

“The Ohio State University has transformed lives for nearly a century and a half. I look forward to celebrating this historic occasion with members of our new scholarship program and the rest of the Buckeye community,” said President Michael V. Drake. “These student leaders will help lay the foundation for the next 150 years of excellence and impact.”

Scholars receive $2,500 for the first year of the program, and the scholarships are renewable for up to six additional semesters or completion of their current degree program, whichever comes first. Scholarship recipients represent all campuses, colleges and undergraduate, graduate and professional student populations. Undergraduate Arts and Sciences students receiving the scholarship:

  • Elena Akers, International Studies
  • Ellen Baker, Studio Art
  • Suzy Bangudi, Neuroscience
  • Pamela Bertschi, Biology
  • Luke Colin, Biology
  • Maddie Conley, English
  • Akshaykumar Ganesh, Neuroscience
  • Sydney Green, Political Science
  • Clara Harrod, Psychology
  • Kyle Huffman, Neuroscience
  • Brendan Kelley, Communication
  • Mitchell Lazarow, Atmospheric Sciences
  • David Merwin, Arabic
  • Mariah Muhammad, Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Alexis Oberdorf, World Politics
  • Anna Prior, Arts Management
  • Zach Salinas, Biology
  • Kaitlyn Snyder, Sociology
  • Malika Sunasara, Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Camille Victor, Communication
  • John Vu, Biochemistry
  • Mia Williams, Dance
  • Rainier Yano, Psychology
  • Mingxin Xie, Economics

Graduate Arts and Sciences students receiving the scholarship:

  • Demetrio Antolini, Italian
  • Ebenezer de Oliveira, Master of Mathematical Sciences
  • Santy Gualapuro Gualapuro, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Sade Lindsay, Sociology
  • Aviva Neff, Theatre
  • Erin Panczyk, Chemistry
  • Sharbreon Plummer, Arts Administration, Education and Policy
  • Deondre Smiles, Geography

1953 Chemistry lecture

Students attend a 1953 chemistry lecture.

Beyond financial support, sesquicentennial scholars will receive leadership training and professional development support, and they will serve as sesquicentennial ambassadors at programs and events.

The scholars program, and the learning opportunities that go with it, support the charge and motto of Ohio State.

“For nearly 150 years, Ohio State has diligently pursued its mission of ‘education for citizenship.’ This program builds on that tradition by creating new opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron.

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