G.O.A.L.S is a huge part of being in Honors and Scholars and it has the ability to go beyond our University lives into the real world where problems are being solved every day. Honors and Scholars programs are meant to encourage students to thrive through the different aspects of G.O.A.L.S. G.O.A.L.S stands for Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement; and each of these aspects of Honors and Scholars are important in furthering students to succeed in their desired fields. These facets help students have to opportunities advance at Ohio State and into the World.

Although all of the aspects of G.O.A.L.S are important the two that are most applicable for my time as a student at Ohio State and my Future work experiences would be Original Inquiry and Academic Enrichment. As an Atmospheric Science major one of my main priorities will be researching weather patterns and examining data. This requires a lot of Original Inquiry and for me to find research positions in my undergraduate career is key in helping me further my goal. One main aspect of Original Inquiry is the desire to understand and learn more about your field of study. As I grow to learn more about Atmospheric Science I want to unfold mysterious about our weather patterns. The other aspect that will follow me through my time as an undergraduate student to my future endeavors is Academic Enrichment. One of my main priorities as a student is that I want to be challenged in my studies so that I am able to learn the most amount of information about my field. Academics follow you throughout your entire life not just at college because there is always something more to learn. Being challenged in my studies will allow me to achieve academic excellence beyond my studies into the real world.

There are many ways in which I will be able to incorporate all the aspect of G.O.A.L.S into my life in the future. But some ways in which Academic enrichment and Original Inquiry will be implemented in the next year will be by interviewing and talking to professors about their personal experience in order to learn more about the process. Throughout my four years at Ohio State I hope to be able to get an internship at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center to help Professors with their original inquiry and through that find my own original inquiry and what I am truly passionate about in Atmospheric Science. Overall Original Inquiry and Academic enrichment will allow me the opportunities to succeed as an Atmospheric Scientist.


There are many opportunities that Ohio State has to offer for people who are looking to get involved in things that they are passionate about. One of the great opportunities is in the Planetarium that is located in Smith Laboratory. They take people up to the stars and show them the Universe and all its beauty. So when I heard of the event they were hosting on Thursday October 19th called, “Hidden Treasures: Autumn Skies” I knew I wanted to attend.

The presentation at the planetarium taught me many aspects about our Solar System and Universe as a whole that I was not previously aware of. We were able to look at all of the stars in our Solar System and see the timeless scene that are the constellations. The Presenter took us through the stories behind each constellations that were made up thousands of years ago by the Ancient Greeks; these stories shined a new light on the stars in our solar system. Although I learned a lot about our Solar System the presenter also took us beyond the Milky Way Galaxy into the rest of the Universe. He showed us stars and planets that were millions of light years away so that we were literally looking into the past. This night only grew my passion for astronomy and has inspired me to think about pursuing a minor in it. Overall the event increased my passion and love not just for our own Milky Way Galaxy, but for the millions of galaxies in the Universe that have yet to be discovered.

STEM EE Scholars Interview Project

Ohio State University is a diverse place with many people (students and faculty) who have information and experiences that would be beneficial for first year students. I found the students and faculty who I was going to interview in different ways. The Upperclassmen that I interviewed was a friend that I knew who was also in STEM EE Scholars Program; I thought that the approach to her studies would align with mine in many ways. Although my major is Atmospheric Science I am still very interested in Biology; I also was very interested of the variety of majors in the STEM field. So when I was looking for a Graduate Student I wanted someone in the Biology field which is how I came across Heather Glon. When looking for my Professor I used Scopus.com to find a Professor in the Meteorology department and I came across David Bromwich through an article I found on Polar Research.

The Upperclassmen that I decided to interview was Leah Dunston. Leah is also in the STEM Scholars program which was very beneficial to me during the interview process. I was able to connect with her through many similarities we had and because we were both in the same scholars program. One of the most beneficial things that I learned from Leah was how important good study habits are for success in the classroom. Leah emphasized how crucial it is to plan ahead so that you are able to give yourself enough time to study all you need to. She also helped me to understand the endless resources that Ohio State offers for people in need of help in their classes. There are countless tutoring opportunities and study materials that the University provides to everyone and most people don’t take advantage of them. Leah also informed me on how important it is to join clubs that you enjoy; and also how key it is to do fun clubs so that you can get a break from hard classes and studying.

The Graduate student that I had the privilege of interviewing was Heather Glon. Heather went to a small Christian College in Florida for her undergraduate degree and then went on to graduate school at Central Michigan University and finally came to Ohio State where she is currently doing research in Metridium, phylogeography and, systematics. Heather explained a lot about what she had to do in her undergraduate years in order to prepare her for the research she is doing now. She applied for a research opportunity with a Marine Biologist during her undergraduate degree which she said opened a lot of doors for her; she also became a scuba diver which she said showed colleges her passion for Marine Biology.  Heather knew that in the field of Biology you most of the time need a bachelor’s degree or PhD in order to get the jobs you want; which was her motivation to continue past her undergraduate degree.

One of the articles I read by Dr. David Bromwich was called “Oceanic response to changes in the WAIS and astronomical forcing during the MIS31 superinterglacial.” It was about the Marine Isotope stage 31 (MIS31) and how under this isotope there is a reduction in the sea ice distribution over the Northern Hemisphere. The article explains the possible reasoning to be due to the fact that there has been an increased water density due to salinity changes in the oceans which could affect the convection in the North Pacific. The article shows the tests that the scientist did in order to determine this information; they measured differences in surface temperature, density flux, and the time average for MIS31. Reading scholarly articles for the first time is very difficult for a variety of reasons. One of the most challenging aspects for me was the higher end vocabulary that is used in the articles. Throughout reading the articles I had dictonary.com open so I would be able to look up all of the scientific words that I was unsure of. I think that it’s just important to know that you aren’t going to understand everything and to read the article multiple times to get the most out of it that you can. One many advantages to these types of media would be the learning opportunities that it provides for students and other researchers in that specific field. Some disadvantages would be that the general public may not be able to understand the research; because they are only reaching a targeted audience.

The professor that I met with was Dr. David Bromwich who is one of the heads of the Atmospheric Science department and does who currently does research at the Bryd Polar and Climate Research Center. Dr. Bromwich was very informative in ways to excel in the classroom and how you can stand out to Professors in general. Dr. Bromwich explained to me the importance of office hours and how it is one of the only ways to build a real relationship with professors who teach many lectures. He also talked to me on the importance of trying and applying for many internships and research opportunities even if you don’t get them. He told me how many times he failed at different aspects in his career and that each one taught him something new and made him improve on an area in his life. Dr. Bromwich also shared with me some clubs such as the Meteorology club that could be beneficial for my resume as an Atmospheric Scientist. Overall Dr. Bromwich showed me the effort and dedication required to pursue research in Atmospheric Science and really motivated me to continue towards my dream.

This Interview Project has taught me much more than I could have thought going into it. Each person I talked to showed me something that will hopefully benefit me in the future. I learned the importance of study habits, getting involved in clubs, and how it’s never to early to begin undergraduate research. Overall I thought that this project was very beneficial and has taught me a lot about the significance of talking to people with experience about what they have learned.

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.]


[“Career” is where you can collect information about your experiences and skills that will apply to your future career.  Like your resume, this is information that will evolve over time and should be continually updated.   For more information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]



When I first arrived at Ohio State I knew that I wanted to get involved with the many clubs and organizations that the University had to offer. Within the first week I was able to find a club that fit my beliefs and interests perfectly. The name of this club is Real Life, which is a Christian organization and is also the second biggest club on campus. Although Real Life doesn’t directly pertain to my major, the skills that it has taught me are unmeasurable and will help me with my future goals.

Real Life meets every Sunday at the Newport Music hall on High Street, there we listen to a message and sings songs together. We also meet in small groups every Monday to have a Bible Study with the people in our dorms that are apart of Real Life. Real Life at Ohio State has taught me many things about being part of a community of people that have similar ideals. But it has also given me opportunities, through Real Life’s outreach week, to share with people on campus what I believe. It was very beneficial for me to share what I believe and be able to give reasoning behind it, This is also a important skill to have in the work force, to share your ideas and in turn listen to other peoples ideas. Through Real Life we have also been able to help people effected by natural disasters around the world. Recently we have been gathering canned foods for all of those effected by the hurricanes. This has been very helpful and has taught me that you don’t have to go to an effected area in order to help; and that there are many ways you can help people in need from home. I have learned so many things at Real Life, from conveying to others my own beliefs, to working with others, to helping those in need; it has taught me skills I will not only take with me to my future job, but will carry with me my whole life.

About Me

Mallory Dougal is a first year undergraduate student from Rochester, New York who is in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University. She is planning on getting a degree in Atmospheric Science and hopes to purse research. Mallory is a part of the Stem Scholars Program, which is very focused on undergraduate research and guiding students to succeed in their desired fields. Mallory is also involved in many of the extracurricular activities that Ohio State has to offer. She is a participant in the Meteorology club, which not only provides students the opportunity to network with professional Meteorologist’s; but also has the ability to bring undergraduates with similar interests together. She is also in Campus Crusade for Christ which is a Christian organization on Campus. When Mallory is not in class she enjoys running, painting, and hiking the Adirondacks. If you have any questions for Mallory about her journey at Ohio State, feel free to contact her!