Bio-Hack (Pre-Med Opportunity)

This year, Ohio State student org Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) will be hosting its 5th annual Bio-Hack, a weekend-long hackathon full of engineering, learning, networking, and innovation. The event will be held November 4-5, 2023. Bio-Hack gives students a unique experiential learning opportunity to build and engineer health technologies in a welcoming and supportive environment.

The theme this year is Patient Safety. Each year there are over 125,000 patient deaths each year due to medical errors, so BMES wants participants to develop solutions to mitigate the risk of these errors in areas such as medications, surgery, diagnosis, infection, and patient care. This is a great opportunity for students interested in healthcare to experience both the clinical and technical innovations of the field.

Teams can take inspiration from challenges presented by supporting companies and organizations. After the 24-hour “hacking” session is over, teams present their projects to industry experts and judges to get feedback and compete for prizes.

Compete to win up to $500 in prizes with food and drinks provided!

Deadline to register is October 29.

The Paper Trail UG Research Symposium

The Paper Trail is an online, open-community journal club. Their mission is to create an informal space for scientists to discuss recent, groundbreaking studies with people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Paper Trail Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held virtually on November 1, 2023. It is an opportunity for undergraduate trainees to share their work, with a particular focus on trainees from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM.

This symposium is for undergraduates who are planning to apply for graduate school* to share their research with an audience that includes professors looking to hire new graduate students.

*with the intention of starting grad school in Fall 2024

The event will include undergraduate research presentations, as well as timeslots for short lab overview presentations from faculty members interested in recruiting new graduate students. An event schedule is available on the symposium webpage.

Another goal of the symposium is to serve as an alternative to large society meetings that happen this time of year (e.g., BMES and AIChE) but are often difficult to attend because of any number of financial, personal, familial, or professional hurdles. There is potential for vouchers for graduate school application fees. Presenters will also be offered gift cards for lunch.

The deadline for abstract submissions is Thursday, October 12 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

Ohio State Leadership Week

Leadership Week 2023 is taking place now: October 2-6.

Leadership Week is a university-wide collaboration to strengthen the culture of student leadership at Ohio State.

Sessions will be connected to at least 1 of 5 leadership themes:

Check out the schedule of events and register for sessions.

FOCUS Professional Development Panel

On Friday, October 6th from 3-4 pm in Fontana Lab 2000, Females of Chemistry Uniting Scientists (FOCUS) is hosting three distinguished scientists for a Professional Development focused panel.

  • Dr. Lauren McCullough is an associate research scientist at Dow Chemical. Her work is focused on New Process Technology development.
  • Dr. Maude Desroches works at Dow Chemical in Personal Care R&D.
  • Dr. Grace Jang is a Technology Scout at Owens Corning. Her experience includes over 6 years of science specific industry positions.

All OSU students and staff are welcome to attend the event. Attendees are invited to pre-submit questions using this online form.

If you have questions or concerns, reach out to

Ohio State National Security Simulation

Held every other year in the fall, the Ohio State National Security Simulation is an two-day, real-time role-play and professional training experience. It bridges academic learning and the work world. Participants role-play alongside invited practitioners from government, journalism, and business to devise solutions in a fast-paced crisis environment. Participating in the Simulation is very much like your first two days in an exciting new job. Suit up in professional attire and go to work!

The Simulation takes place November 3rd and 4th on campus. Applications due September 27th.

Available roles include (but are not limited to):

  • Intelligence analysts
  • Policy advisors to U.S. Senators
  • Policy advisors in Executive Branch agencies including the Departments of Defense and State
  • Policy advisors to the Governor of Ohio and Mayor of Columbus
  • C-suite corporate officers at the Simulation’s private sector entity, Nationwide Insurance

The Simulation allows students to network while also building their professional skills in multiple areas: working with busy senior leaders, role assumption, making their knowledge useful to people in other fields, prioritization, decision-making, crisis management, use of processes to generate policy and decisions, and written and oral communication.

Who is Eligible: All OSU students with a serious interest in national security, public policy and governance, crisis management, and related issues.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 27, at 8:00 PM

2023 Career Week

September 11 – September 15, 2023

Career Week is brought to you by Buckeye Careers and The Office of Student Life. The 2023 Career Week features more than 30 workshops, covering these topics and more:

  • Job search strategies
  • Writing an effective resume
  • Understanding your transferable skills
  • Interview skills
  • Salary negotiation

This is an opportunity to hear about these topics directly from employers.

Check out the Career Week schedule for the full list of workshops. If you have questions about Career Week, contact Tara Nord at

ASC Career Success: Mock Interviews

Although the semester is winding down, there is still time to prepare for upcoming interviews related to internships, part- or full-time jobs with a mock interview.

These 30-minute appointments will give you the chance to answer common interview questions and then obtain feedback from a career coach. Bring a job description with you to tailor the interview toward a specific position or practice answering general behavioral-based questions that are commonly asked during interviews.

Appointments are currently being held in-person, virtually or over the phone. If you’d like to meet with a coach in-person, email with your request for an in-person mock interview. Learn more and schedule your appointment.

Career Success Professional Headshot Program

A profile photo on your Handshake or LinkedIn profile can help employers know you’re a real person and serious about your internship or job search. Career Success is offering free headshot photos to undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences students during the 2022/23 academic year.

Profile photos are offered in Denney Hall suite 154 on Tuesdays 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Students should enter the 100 suite by the East entrance of Denney Hall where they will be greeted by a member of the marketing team. Photographs should be sent to your Ohio State email account within 1 week. The entire process should take about 5 minutes. Questions? Contact

Want advice on what to wear? Check out this article on

Ohio State Battelle Center: Upcoming Student Events

Ohio State Battelle Center is running a few student events over the next couple of weeks. All of these can be attended in-person or virtually and offer students an opportunity to interact with guest speakers and gain valuable skills that will help in their professional and academic pursuits.

These events have registration deadlines, so don’t delay if you’re interested!

Thursday, 3/2 – Professional Training: Building Better Teams: Join us for a workshop on how you can be a part of better teams! We want you to have the skills and the awareness of what is going on around you to create more connection and more positive interactions. Whether you are outgoing, shy, introverted, or extroverted, this workshop has a little bit of something for everyone. Register today and join us in-person or online.

Monday, 3/6 – Air & Space SCOPE Conversation, Keith Contrera, SpaceX Engineer: Keith Contrera is a lead propulsion engineer at SpaceX where he works on raptor vacuum engine nozzle extensions. He graduated from Ohio State in 2020 with his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and minor in business. During his time at Ohio State the Battelle Center for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy and the Mountaineers club. Additionally, he completed internships at Moog Inc., NASA Glenn Research Center and SpaceX. Register today and guarantee yourself dinner and an opportunity to hear about SpaceX and the skills you should work on before graduation.

Tuesday, 3/7 – Sustainable Energy SCOPE Conversation, Jon-Paul d’Aversa: As principal and founder of UNPREDICTABLEcity, Jon-Paul d’Aversa develops strategies for long-range energy development and emissions planning. He has served as a trusted and objective resource for over 100 local governments here in Ohio, as well as the US Department of Energy, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Electrification Coalition. Learn more and register for dinner and a conversation with an expert in the field.

Thursday, 3/9 – NEW Digital Technologies SCOPE Conversation, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab: Join us for a new Student Community offering around the expansion and importance of digital technologies. Our first guest speakers will be from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Jarrett Reid and Karen Shuttleworth. Learn about the work APL does, Jarrett and Karen’s career, a discussion of the latest in Digital Engineering and suggestions on how to be better prepared to work in the field when you graduate! Register and join us for a meal and a great discussion with an organization at the forefront of innovation.

FOCUS Symposium 2023: Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions are currently being accepted for the 2023 annual FOCUS (Females of Chemistry Uniting Scientists) Research Symposium, which will be held on April 7, 2023.

Submissions will be accepted until 5pm on March 10th, 2023. An abstract evaluation rubric is included on the submission page.

There will be 3 student research talks – about 15 minutes in length – chosen from the submitted abstracts, and a poster session for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoc researchers. Posters will be judged by CBC faculty members and prizes will be awarded to top posters. There will be an undergraduate specific award.

Abstracts can be submitted through this link. This is a great opportunity to present your research to the department, even for students in early in their career.

In addition to student reserch presentations, the event will host two speakers, Prof. Annabella Selloni (Princeton) and Dr. Rebecca Green (Bristol Myers Squibb), and a panel of professionals from a wide range of career paths.