Global Awareness: As my second year of college comes to a close, I realize I have taken many actions to examine what it means to be a global citizen and to cultivate and develop my appreciation for diversity and each individual’s unique differences. For the past 2 years, I have been involved with the Bangladesh Student Association and am current Treasurer and upcoming Vice President for the organization. Experience with this organization has not only brought awareness of pressing issues in the South Asian community and what I can do to learn more about them as I am in the United States, but has also taught me to look for similar issues in my own community here in Columbus. My involvement with the Morrill Scholars Program this past year as a Leadership Development Student Leader has also taught me about diversity in our community and interactions with first year students as well as my fellow student leaders has shown me to advocate for our differences and to learn from one another! I am looking forward to studying abroad at some point next summer as well. Furthermore, I have been a research and outreach fellow for The Pure Water Access Project which has given me incredible incentive to learn about pressing public health issues around the world. I was actually one of three fellows last summer to undertake a water project in Penim, Ghana and am currently a senior fellow working to plan another trip!


Original Inquiry: I have been involved in undergraduate research since second semester of my freshman year. While my experiences last year did not work out, I was lucky to become involved in the lab of Dr. Jan Schwab in August of 2017 last semester. His work in understanding Spinal Cord injury from a neuro-immunological standpoint – more specifically, spinal cord injury induced immune depression syndrome is especially interesting to me as I have a personal background of suffering from a Neuro-immunological disease in my childhood through my teens. More recently I will be collaborating with another lab to understand Cerebral Small Vessel Disease upon Stroke. I will continue to work in these laboratories to not only learn different techniques, but also to be able to gain the skills of problem solving and creativity in different circumstances outside the classroom! I am sure these experiences will provide me with an extensive background to prepare me for a career as a Physician Scientist as I pursue an MD/PhD.


Academic Enrichment: In my honors contract, I have listed a wide range of classes that expose my desire to not only learn more about Neuroscience and Public Health, but to have a diverse understanding of knowledge and information from other fields of study as well. I have also signed up for quite a few graduate level and 4000+ level plus classes in my major of study which show my dedication to learning more about the field of neuroscience so that I can one day apply this knowledge to my career as a Pediatric Neurologist.


Leadership Development: I hold several leadership positions on campus, especially for organizations that I have dedicated my efforts towards for the past two years. This past year, I served as event committee head for A Kid Again, an organization dedicated to holding events for children facing life-threatening/ chronic illnesses and their families. I also served as treasurer for the Bangladesh Student Association which will provide me with a stepping stone to serve on the executive board in the future and to build relationships and collaborations with other south asian student organizations in the future. I am also a student leader for the Morrill Scholars Program where I mentor several first year students and teach them leadership development skills. Most importantly, I have been designated as a Senior Fellow for the Pure Water Access Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to finding data-based solutions to water crises around the world and the communities that they affect. I am currently in charge of our Ghana project and hope to use my leadership skills and experience in inter-cultural and international dialogue to prepare me for a career in international medicine. My involvement in these activities relates to my personal and career goals as I want to pursue nonprofit work before heading to medical school so that I can dedicate my professional career to international medicine and providing healthcare to under-resourced and underprivileged communities. My experience with leadership in such initiatives prepares me for a career to be a global leader in these fields to be the best doctor I can be.

Service Engagement: During the past year, I was a volunteer in the NICU department at Grant Medical Hospital. Last summer, I volunteered over 300 hours at the Good Samaritan Free Health Center, an experience which has further empowered and impassioned me to seek to work to provide medical care for under-resourced and low-income communities. Over 80% of the patients at the free clinic are Hispanic/ Latino and only 10% of our Hispanic/Latino patients know any English. This harkens the critical necessity for healthcare professionals, especially in the United States, to know a second language, such as Spanish. The language barriers, as I have passively witnessed while volunteering in the clinic, not only make patients more hesitant to even seek out medical/ professional help, but also unable to adequately convey their health concerns and therefore unable to receive the proper care that they deserve or need. Another thing I have learned through working at this free medical clinic is that mental health is a very prevalent issue in the low-income community and many do not have the resources to seek help or treatment for their mental health crises. This establishes a cycle which keeps the poor impoverished. Furthermore, for the past two years and especially last summer, I have been a volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club where I mentor low-income youth. Overall, many of my service engagements have been with non-profit organizations with which I plan to continue working throughout my college experience and especially after graduation.

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: Delete these instructions and add your own post.]


Global Awareness: In order to examine what it means to be a global citizen and to cultivate and develop my appreciation for diversity and each individual’s unique differences as well as examine the world’s complex, interdependent systems, as well as my own cultural backgrounds, I will involve myself with The Ohio State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion as a Morrill Scholar. I will engage myself within the community and introduce myself to people of all races and socioeconomic statuses, especially through volunteering work for underprivileged inner city youth. I look to my cultural group, Bangladeshi Students Association to provide me with the ability to interact with those with whom I share a common cultural background as well as to make a collective effort to help those internationally, such as through our fundraisers for UNICEF, Bangladesh. Academically, I look forward to the opportunity to study abroad or study Arabic and International Studies to gain a better understanding of the culture and political background and environment of the Middle East. Doing so will enable me to increase my knowledge of the world around me and make me more aware of the issues that surround various cultural and ethnic grounds as well as those issues which permeate our society today.

Original Inquiry: In order to 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, I will search for research programs across the country as well as engage myself in research with doctors and scientists both on campus and at the Wexner Medical Center. I will use my interest in studying demyelination and the mechanisms behind neurodegeneration to propel my research prospects to potentially develop a research project during my time at Ohio State.

Academic Enrichment: In order to pursue academic excellence both in and out of the classroom, I will engage myself and enrich my learning by taking vigorous honors courses, not just those of science, but also in the liberal arts by pursuing my interest in international studies through my GE’s. I will make use of the resources available on campus, such as my honors and neuroscience advisors, Peer mentors, and the Undergraduate Research Office.

Leadership Development: In order to build on my educational experiences to become a leader in society and the world, I will pursue co-curricular activities such as student organizations on campus including Buckeyes for Mentoring, MEDLIFE, and Global Health Initiative with the intentions of gaining leadership positions in them in the long run. I also intend to become a mentor for underprivileged youth in the community as well as apply to be a peer leader/mentor for survey class next year.

Service Engagement: In order to build on my educational experiences to serve society and the world,  I will volunteer in local hospitals and get involved with Buck-i-Serve and or organize group trips to soup kitchens or to tutor youth in our community. I plan on someday within my 4 years here at Ohio State to start nonprofit work in Bangladesh to help underprivileged youth living outside of the city or even to provide medical care to those who can’t afford it otherwise in those parts of the nation.


[“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: Delete these instructions and add your own post.]


[Artifacts are the items you consider to be representative of your academic interests and achievements. For each entry, include both an artifact and a detailed annotation.  An annotation is a reflective description of the artifact that attempts to communicate its significance.  For more information, go to: Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

About Me

Hi and welcome to my page! My name is Mahin Hossain and I am currently a freshman Neuroscience major from Cincinnati, Ohio! Whenever we meet new people on campus, we always ask about the basic things: name, major, and hometown. But I hope that my page will offer you a larger insight into my life as a first year pre-med student on campus.

My passion for science has been shaped by my insatiable curiosity regarding the mechanisms by which the world around us is governed. Atoms, cells, tissues, and organs – the building blocks of life have always held a special place in my heart. I had grown up watching the Discovery Health channel with my mom, wanting to grow up to be a doctor, but it wasn’t until my own experience as a patient of Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Gastroparesis where I was impassioned to not only discover the molecular and functional basis of Neurological and Neuro-Muscular disease, but also to treat patients in a way that defines the standard of care for people everywhere. To me, medicine represents a field in which knowledge and discovery go hand in hand. It is a field that combines my passion for learning and discovering new things with my desire to make  lasting contributions in the lives of my patients and serve my neighbors.

My career thus far has been shaped with experiences in my community that have had lasting influences in my career choices. My experience as a youth leader at the Islamic Center has instilled me with a passion to not only promote tolerance and unity, but to stand up for those whose voices cannot be heard. By leading tours of the mosque and holding Q&A sessions for schools and inter-faith groups hoping to learn more about my religion, I gained a broader perspective into the need for greater cross cultural and cross-religious interaction and communication in our society. In my work, I always remind my visitors of our shared sense of humanity and of society’s innate ability to transcend superficial barriers of religious conflict and racial prejudice.

Furthermore, my work as a volunteer and mentor at the Boys and Girls club for the past 3 years has shaped my perspective regarding issues of socio-economic prejudice and the prevalence of public health issues in low-income communities. My collective experiences as a low income child of Bangladeshi immigrants as well as a volunteer have instilled me with a passion to resolve health care inequity in low-income and marginalized communities as well as to promote the importance of education to low-income youth. It is my belief that access to healthcare is a basic human right and it is with my career as a pre-med student that I hope to make lasting contributions in the lives of low-income and marginalized communities right here in Columbus and throughout the world.

Given these experiences, I intend to pursue a minor in Public Health during my time as an undergraduate student. Upon graduating from OSU, I hope to obtain a dual MD/ PhD in Pediatric Neurology, mostly because I love children but also because I want to combine my interest in research with my passion for patient interaction. To achieve these goals, I plan to utilize the plethora of resources available here at OSU. I am currently involved on campus by being an active member of the Public Health Leadership Council, Global Health Initiative, MEDLIFE, A Kid Again, and Buckeyes for Mentoring, organizations that feature my passion for public service, health-care, and mentoring low-income/inner city youth. I have interned in the department of Pediatric Neurology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and am currently looking to conduct meaningful research regarding the role of disease and injury in the formation of neurological disorders as well as the functional mechanisms that underlie the development of brain cancers and Glioblastoma. Outside of class, I love to paint, sing in the shower, go out for long drives at night, and collect fine-point Japanese pens. I am also obsessed with the show “Chopped” on food network and cannot stop nerding out about “Say Yes to the Dress.”

That’s enough about me for now, so follow me on my journey ~