Smart Campus Challenge for Students

As part of its annual academic investment program, the Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) will fund the Smart Campus Challenge, a venture capitalist-style student sustainability competition in February 2019.

Student teams who advance through an initial proposal process will have the opportunity to pitch campus sustainability projects to a committee of Ohio State faculty, staff, alumni and ENGIE program managers for the chance to get their dream project funded.

“Each of us plays an essential role in the innovation of tomorrow,” said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu. “By working together, we can accelerate innovation and the implementation of projects with widespread impact. We look forward to engaging with students on their ideas to imagine new possibilities and drive solutions to make Ohio State’s campus a model for others to follow.”

The student sustainability competition aims to connect student talents to sustainability innovation by funding projects that enhance its campus’ resource efficiency and environmental performance.

More information is available on the OSEP website. Please share this opportunity with your students.

Proposals for the competition are due Dec. 7, 2018. All proposals must be submitted to the OSEP website. Click here for more information on the Smart Campus Challenge and to submit a proposal.


Still Time for Your Students to Register for SmartAg4.0

Please continue to push registration for SmartAg4.0 to all your undergraduate and graduate students! Students can continue to register through the day-of the event!

SmartAg4.0 2018
Sept. 28-29, 2018

Where your revolutionary ideas build the future of farming! SmartAg4.0 is a competition for students who are passionate about revolutionizing the future of food system through technology and innovation. This year SmartAg4.0 will focus on the dairy industry with four domain topics to choose from: sustainable nutrition, sensors & smart packaging, internet of things, and blockchain. Form your team and compete against your peers in this 24-hour “hack-a-thon” style event, to pitch the best idea! Over $5,000 in prizes available! Learn more and register at

Affordable Learning Exchange

The RFP is now open for Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX) grants! ALX is a cross-campus partnership between the Office of Distance Education and eLearning, University Libraries, Undergraduate Student Government, and the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Our mission is to reduce the cost of textbooks and other course materials at Ohio State by advocating for open educational resources and other low-cost alternatives. These goals are directly in line with President Drake’s 2020 Vision. We have already funded 48 projects and are on track to save students $10M by 2020.

Grant award amounts range from $1,000-$24,000 per project. We are looking for projects of all sizes, from high-enrollment GE courses to small seminars and everything in between. Our goal is to continue to support the excellent and innovative teaching and learning practices of our faculty, while providing significant savings for our students in the process. Award amounts are flexible based on a project’s needs, and there are varying levels of support available. Grants may require matching funds from your department.

This first phase of the application process will remain open throughout Sept. 12, and is meant to simply collect your ideas. All you need to supply is some basic information and we’ll be in touch to help you through the next phase, where you’ll complete the full proposal.

Proposals can be submitted on the website.

Digital Flagship Resources

The Digital Flagship website provides a variety of resources for faculty and staff interested in enhancing their instruction with technology, creating apps and more. The site also includes a growing FAQ section, full list of apps loaded on student iPads and video tutorials. The university will be releasing new resources throughout the semester, so check back often.

Click here to access the website.

New Career Development Platform, Handshake, is Live

Introducing Handshake – A New Career Development Platform for CFAES

As an important partner in student career development, we want to inform you of an exciting transition we are making. On June 5, the Career Office will be adopting a new dynamic recruitment platform, known as Handshake. Handshake is a contemporary job and career planning software that will help our college as well as all Ohio State University students find highly competitive opportunities such as top internships and full-time jobs.

This new system will take the place of what we and our users have historically known as Hireabuckeye.

Handshake will allow students to create dynamic profiles to connect directly with companies who actively recruit on our campus. Outside of formal recruiting, they will also gain access to a variety of career resources and events that will increase their knowledge about the world of work, providing them with clarity about career options available.

It will also give us the ability to grant faculty/staff in CFAES “fake student shadow accounts” so you can see what students see. We feel this will be a great tool to show faculty/staff the jobs, internships, and events that pertain to their advisees and prospective student recruits. It should greatly increase your resource base for current market opportunities and examples of what students can expect with any major or career interest.

Click here to express your interest in having a “Fake Student Shadow Account” created.

Given the transition, we have been working to educate students on this change, so you may hear questions from students during your interactions. We have notified them of our transition from Hireabuckeye to Handshake, but please reiterate this to them should they ask.

This message is to first introduce you to this exciting change before we officially launch and give system access to students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Major timeline items of note:

  • May 7 – Employers Go Live date
  • June 5 – Go Live date for students/alumni
  • August 1 – Deadline for faculty/staff to request “fake student shadow accounts” before AU18 term

We plan to increase student and faculty/staff marketing around this new transition as we gear up for fall term and everyone returns to campus.

During this process, the CFAES Career Development Office is here to consult with you, should you have any specific questions on how to utilize Handshake or how to best refer students to it.

Ohio State to Expand Affordability Commitment to Ohio State ATI

This fall, the Buckeye Opportunity Program is expected to benefit 3,000 Ohio students on the Columbus campus. Under an expansion of the program, the university will increase financial support for low- and moderate-income Ohio students on the university’s five regional campuses, which includes Ohio State ATI located on the CFAES Wooster campus.

Starting in spring 2019, the university will commit up to $3 million a year in additional financial aid to cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for regional campus students who are from Ohio, qualify for federal Pell Grants, have successfully started their college career by earning 12 credit hours, and have initiated or completed a student-success course. The regional expansion, which begins spring semester 2019, will support an additional 1,200 students in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark, and Ohio State ATI.

Click here to read more about the program.

Celebration of Students Week

Celebration of Students Week
April 9-14, 2018

Columbus Campus

Monday, April 9
Giveaway items: hat, pencil pouch or sharpie marker 10-2 p.m., while supplies last in Kottman Hall Lobby, Agricultural Administration Lobby, and Agricultural Engineering Lobby

Tuesday, April 10
Dessert Trucks: Buckeye Donuts, Kona Ice and Graeter’s Ice Cream 11-2:30 p.m., while supplies last at Fyffe Court turnaround (in front of Howlett Hall)

Wednesday, April 11
Global Food Fair (hosted by CFAES Voyagers and OIA Global Engagement) 6-7:30 p.m. in Agricultural Administration Auditorium

Thursday, April 12
CFAES Celebration of Students 4:45 p.m. Pre-boarding, 5:15 p.m. Banquet (tickets required to attend; available for purchase for $15 in Agricultural Administration 100 and Kottman Hall 210) at Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballroom

Friday, April 13
Plant a Succulent (hosted by SENR Ambassadors) 10-2 p.m., while supplies last outside Kottman Hall
Therapy Dogs (hosted by Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics) 1-3 p.m. Gazebo area outside Kottman Hall

Saturday, April 14
Urban Agriculture Adventure Register: 8 a.m. depart Columbus 9:30 a.m. depart Wooster *Various stops around Cleveland, Ohio
*Deposit is required to register and is refunded upon participation

Wooster Campus

Monday, April 9
Giveaway items: hat, pencil pouch or sharpie marker BuckID required 10-2 p.m., while supplies last Skou Hall Lobby

Tuesday, April 10
Therapy Dogs and Adult Coloring Pages (hosted by ATI Student Success Center) Refreshing beverages provided 12-3 p.m. Skou Hall Lobby
CFAES Involvement Fair (hosted by CFAES Student Council Clubs and Organizations) 5:30-7:30 p.m. Housing Community Room

Wednesday, April 11
Plant a Succulent (hosted by ATI Greenhouse Club) Snacks provided 10-2 p.m. Skou Hall Lobby

Thursday, April 12
Hartzler Dairy Trailer on campus (Ice Cream and Popsicles) BuckID required 12-3 p.m. Located beside Landscape & Construction Building
FAES Celebration of Students (tickets available for purchase for $15 in Halterman Hall 219) 4:45 p.m. Pre-boarding, 5:15 p.m. Banquet Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballroom

Friday, April 13
Adventure on the Wooster Campus Walking Trails, maps provided Trail mix provided 10-2 p.m. Skou Hall Lobby

Saturday, April 14
Urban Agriculture Adventure Register: 8 a.m. depart Columbus, 9:30 a.m. depart Wooster *Various stops around Cleveland, Ohio
*Deposit is required to register and is refunded upon participation

Mershon Center Grants and Scholarships Program

Each year, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies holds a competition for Ohio State faculty and students to apply for research grants and scholarship funds.

Research Grants

Applications for Faculty Research and Seed Grants and Graduate Student Research Grants must be for projects related to the study of national security in a global context. We are also interested in projects that emphasize the role of peace-building and development; strengthen the global gateways in China, India and Brazil; relate to campus area studies centers and institutes; or address the university’s Discovery Themes of health and wellness, energy and the environment, and food production and security.

In recent years the center has funded several dozen faculty and graduate student research projects with grants for travel, seminars, conferences, interviews, experiments, surveys, library costs, and more. To learn more about the types of projects funded, please see faculty project summaries on the Mershon Center website under Research and graduate project summaries in past Annual Reports.

Study Abroad

The Mershon Center has also established International Security Scholarships for Undergraduate Theses and Study Abroad to support undergraduates whose professional career plans lie in the field of international security and who would benefit doing research for an undergraduate thesis or studying in a foreign country. Applications will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary review committee that will make recommendations to the director of the Mershon Center. Scholarship amounts typically range from $2,000 to $3,000.

How to Apply

Application forms and instructions for all Mershon Center grants and scholarships can be found in the Grants section of the Mershon Center website. The deadline for all applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Alpha Zeta Partners

My name is Kait Butterfield, student in CFAES and PR/Fundraising Chair for Alpha Zeta Partners (AZP), a professional honorary for undergraduate students in all CFAES majors. Because AZP has a rich history in our college (founded in 1897) and we are currently recruiting new members, we thought it would fun to share just a bit about our organization with faculty and staff in CFAES.

What is AZP? AZP focuses on scholarship, character, and leadership. After induction into AZP, first year members complete a year-long program with goals around leadership development, developing individual leadership capacity for leading change in organizations and society. The heart of the AZP program is a six-week education abroad experience in Brazil. Students spend half of their Spring semester in an immersion learning experience that is a collaboration between CFAES and the University of São Paulo’s Escala Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ), in the state of São Paulo. You can follow the current study abroad experience here.

Work with students or know a current CFAES student? We are currently recruiting CFAES students who will be sophomores or juniors when traveling to Brazil in Spring Semester of 2019. Applications are due February 5. If you have a student in mind who you think would benefit from this experience and meets the requirements of our organization, please let them know about our organization and the many opportunities they have through it.

Want to learn more? Here are links to our Facebook page and website for more information!

15th Annual CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum – Judges Needed

The CFAES Undergraduate Research Office is excited to announce opportunities for the university community to participate in the 15th Annual CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum! This event will be held on Thursday, March 1 in the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum will take place from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Faculty members and postdocs from all departments are invited to judge undergraduate research poster presentations at the annual CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum. Judges will be asked to judge three to four student posters.

Graduate students from all departments are invited to judge undergraduate research poster presentations at the annual CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum. Graduate Students will be asked to judge two to three student posters.

  • Lunch will be provided for all student participants, judges and reviewers from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Judging will be from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Awards will be presented at 3:00 p.m.

Click here to register to be a judge for the CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum.

SmartAg4.0 – Sept. 29 and 30

Apps have done more than change our everyday lives, they have also transformed entire industries seemingly overnight. Uber has changed the way we commute; AirBnb has changed the way we find travel accommodations. Later this fall, students will have the chance to propose an app that will transform the future of food systems at SmartAg4.0.

SmartAg4.0 is a competition for Ohio college students who are passionate about food systems. While not a computer programming event, SmartAg4.0 models itself off of signature Ohio State events such as HackOHI/O in its spirit and structure. Over 24 hours, multi-disciplinary student teams work together to design an app and an accompanying business strategy to address major topics such as food safety and security, agricultural productivity, sustainability, and “the last mile.”

This year’s SmartAg4.0 competition will take place from September 29 through the 30. Students interested in learning more about the event can visit or send an inquiry via email to

CFAES Pre-Convocation and Welcome to Columbus

On Aug. 21, 2017, CFAES faculty and staff will welcome over 475 freshman, transition and transfer students to the Columbus campus. You are invited to participate in two events at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center to greet and encourage them. The schedule of events is below.

Click here to RSVP for the events. Thank you for all you do to support CFAES students.

Pre-Convocation for Freshman
7:45 a.m.  Meet faculty, staff and students of CFAES
8:15 a.m.  Move to Bob Evans Auditorium for morning program
8:25 a.m.  Introductions, welcome, and essential information
9:20 a.m.  Meet faculty advisors
10:05 a.m.  President’s Convocation (Schottenstein Center)

Welcome to Columbus for Transfer and Transition Students
10:15 a.m.  Registration
10:30 a.m.  Meet with faculty advisors and department representatives
11:45 a.m.  Lunch
11:50 a.m.  Introductions, welcome, and important reminders and information
12:40 p.m.  Student panel
1:00 p.m.  Table fair
1:04 p.m.  Beginning of solar eclipse


2017 Fulbright Week at Ohio State

During the week of April 17-21, 2017, Ohio State will be holding the 8th Annual Fulbright Week, an initiative co-organized by the Office of International Affairs, the Graduate School, and the Undergraduate Fellowship Office.  These three units have combined their efforts to provide a full week of events acknowledging past Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays recipients and hosting workshops, information sessions and open houses designed to inform potential Ohio State faculty, undergraduate and graduate student applicants about the international opportunities available through the Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays programs. All faculty, professionals and students are welcome to participate.

View a complete schedule of activities here.

The Nathan Fechheimer Memorial Lecture Series

The Nathan Fechheimer Memorial Lecture Series in Animal Breeding and Production

Dr. Joy Pate, Professor of Reproductive Physiology, C. Lee Rumberger and Family Chair in Agricultural Sciences
Penn State, College of Agricultural Sciences

The overall goal of Dr. Pate’s research program is to improve reproductive efficiency of dairy cows. The main focus of the research is to understand the cellular mechanisms that regulate the lifespan of the corpus luteum (CL), which is the ovarian structure responsible for progesterone production and the maintenance of pregnancy. Work from this laboratory has provided insight into cholesterol metabolism for steroidogenesis, the roles of endogenous prostaglandin production in luteal function, and the mechanisms by which exogenous prostaglandin results in the demise of the CL.

Thursday, April 13
1:00 p.m.
122 Gerlaugh Hall, Wooster
Video link to 212 Animal Sciences, Columbus
2:30 p.m. Round table with students

Friday, April 14
2:00 p.m.
212 Animal Sciences, Columbus
Video link to 122 Gerlaugh Hall, Wooster
Presentation oriented towards students

Click here for more information. If you have questions, contact Ale Relling, Ph.D.,

Graduating Senior Lunch Invitation

Every year, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Academic Programs Office congratulates its graduating seniors prior to Spring Commencement at an annual Graduating Senior Luncheon. We look forward to this year’s event as students, faculty, and college administrators come together for a luncheon and short program.

This is also a time to wish the graduates well and to welcome them as alumni. The 2017 Graduating Senior Luncheon is planned for Friday, May 5 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Bob Evan’s Auditorium, located at Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

Please accept this as a formal invitation. Please RSVP to Susie Sheller ( by noon on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.