Original Inquiry

This semester, I received the opportunity to do research with the Kopp Lab at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The Kopp Lab focuses on cystic fibrosis. They focus on developing already known treatments for cystic fibrosis and making them better. Over the summer, I will be observing experiments and memorizing the procedures for the lab. After, about a month or so in the lab, I will be able to start conducting experiments and record my own data. I hope to add some aspect of diversity into this research by looking at how  cystic fibrosis affects the black community.

Global Awareness

This summer, I have had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Zambia, Africa. I am studying the culture and society of Zambia and although I have only been here for 1 1/2 weeks so far, I have already changed my perspective on the world. My expectations were exceeded and I have realized that western perceptions of Africa are inaccurate. I have learned numerous things about myself and my passions by interacting with the Zambian people and with the people on my trip. Overall, I am excited to finish out this trip and apply my newfound perspective and outlook to my life when I get back home.

A Year in Review

I have learned so much from Freshman Year. I came in thinking that I knew who I was when in reality I had no idea. First semester, I had a rude awakening after my first calculus and general chemistry test. Academics wise, I had to relearn how to study and had to really work on my time managements skills. You have to learn self-discipline early in college or else you won’t do as well as you hope. Social life wise, I made some great friends and this was partly due to my morrills scholars program. So, I highly recommend that the first couple of weeks, step out of your comfort zone and really try to meet new people and make connections.  I had to bring out my extroverted side a-lot for the first couple of weeks of school. Also another tip of advice is to network. Networking is key to getting unique positions or just positions that you want. So get to know professors and faculty because they have so many opportunities for students. Although freshman year was a big learning lesson, I enjoyed it alot and can not wait to come back in the fall.

Academic Enrichment

I interviewed Michaela Barker who is a graduating senior that majored in Environmental Public Health pre-med. In our major, there are two different specialties that we can choose to major in. We can either choose Sociology Public Health or Environmental Public Health. Over the course of my freshman year, I have had a hard time figuring out which one to major in. Our interview mostly talked about how she chose her specialty and what she was planning to do after college. She mainly chose environmental because it aligned with her pre-med classes more but she did say that a part of her wishes that she had chose sociology because she was more interested in the social justice aspect of public health. With sociology public health pre med, you would have to take an extra semester to complete all of the course and she did not want to do that. She advised me to pick up a minor that I am really interested in and stick with environmental public health. After we discussed our major, she told me about what she was going to do after college. Right now she is taking a gap year and doing an internship/research with Nationwide hospital. She has already taken the MCAT and will start applying this summer for medical school.

Service Engagement

This year, I had the pleasure to be chosen to be a James Cancer Hospital Volunteer. I volunteered on the 5th floor in the ENT Clinic. I had to clean rooms, restock supplies and help check patients out. During this time, I was also able to interact with some of the doctors and nurses. I volunteered at here every Wednesday for 2 hours. This made me fall even more in love with working in a hospital but unfortunately it did solidify that I do not want to work in the Oncology field. Overall, it was great experience and I am looking forward to volunteering in the Hospital next semester.

About Me

Hey, I’m Nevian Brown from Carmel, Indiana and I am a freshman at The Ohio State University. The reason I chose to come here was because of the numerous opportunities that Ohio State has. Two of these opportunities were the scholars programs and the Morrill Scholarship program. First, I am a Morrill Scholar. The Morrill Scholars Scholarship Program promotes diversity and inclusion. I have always been a firm believe that everyone should be included in the conversation no matter their ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. I wanted to be surrounded with people who stand up against and educate  those who are ignorant, discriminatory, and hateful. The Morrill scholar programs represents these types of goals. Second, I am a health sciences scholar and I chose to join this scholar group  because I am interested in becoming a physician. It was not until junior year in high school when I knew that I wanted to study medicine. I did a program where we learned more about what it was like to go through medical school and work in the medical field. This program sparked an interest inside of me to do pre med for undergrad. Since I wanted to study pre med in undergrad, I decided to choose a major that focuses on health. So I am planning to major in Public Health on the pre med track. I might choose to minor in sign language or Spanish. If medical school does not work out, I want to still be able to work in the health field. So this provides the best of both worlds. Other than the academic opportunities that the Ohio State has to offer, I look forward to taking advantage of the many clubs that are here. I am interested in Black Student Union, The Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students and the Spark board leadership council at park stradley. Lastly, one hobby that I would like to keep up is running/exercising. I used to do track and field in high school and surprisingly that made me love running even more. I hope over these next four years that I can keep it up.

Year in Review

[ “Year in Review”  is where you should reflect on the past year and show how you have evolved as a person and as a student.  You may want to focus on your growth in a particular area (as a leader, scholar, researcher, etc.) or you may want to talk about your overall experience over the past year.  For more information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]


[ “G.O.A.L.S.” is a place where students write about how their planned, current, and future activities may fit into the Honors & Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement. For more information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. Delete these instructions and add your own post.

Global Awareness: Students cultivate and develop their appreciation for diversity and each individual’s unique differences. For example, consider course work, study abroad, involvement in cultural organizations or activities, etc .
Original Inquiry: Honors & Scholars students understand the research process by engaging in experiences ranging from in-class scholarly endeavors to creative inquiry projects to independent experiences with top researchers across campus and in the global community. For example, consider research, creative productions or performances, advanced course work, etc.
Academic Enrichment: Honors & Scholars students pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom.
Leadership Development: Honors & Scholars students develop leadership skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities, and in their future roles in society.
Service Engagement: Honors & Scholars students commit to service to the community.]