Abiomed Internship in Germany

Dr. Gu’s Research Lab

Volunteer at VA Hospital

Certificate of Fluency in German at the B2 Level


Things representative of my university career and experience with a short description:

Zertifikat from the Goethe Institut

– Proof of German Fluency at a B2 level after years of hard work

Dance Shoes and Ribbons

– Friends that have become family, leadership, responsibility, and fun

Lola (my dog)

– Overcoming a genetic disorder to continue living my life the way I want to and pursuing my dreams

Enlighten Facebook Page

– A chance to make a difference and save young women and men trapped by human trafficking

Squishy Brain and Heart Stress Balls

– Love for neuroscience, anatomy, and medicine

About Me

Hello! My name is Abigail Klein, and I just finished my sophomore year at The Ohio State University. My majors are now Pharmaceutical Sciences and German with a hopeful minor in neuroscience to come. I’m part of the Eminence Fellows, and I’m planning on graduating in 2021 (a year after most of the fellows in my year).

I’ve left my original post from last year up below, so keep scrolling to see some of my interests.

This year I’ve become very involved in DanceSport at OSU! That’s the ballroom dance team on campus. We compete all over the area, and we have classes every week that are open to everyone. If you’re interested at all, we’re always looking for new members. There is no dance experience required, we’ll teach you!

In addition to that, I also have a dog. She’s a 3-year-old standard poodle named Lola and I’ve had her for about a year.

Overall, the past year was successful, but difficult. I was a part time student for Spring semester to focus a bit more on my health and maintaining my genetic condition at a manageable level, but I’m hoping to come back with full force in Autumn.

I’m also going to Dresden this summer to obtain my proof of fluency certificate in German. This will hopefully open some doors for me to get internships or jobs in Germany in the future.

My advice for incoming freshman is probably something you’ve heard before, but try and realistically estimate how much time an extra-curricular will actually take you per week before you sign up! Think about how much time you need for you classes and estimate how much time you actually have for other stuff. Don’t over commit!

Future Eminence Classes: Don’t be afraid to reach out to me or the other upper class Fellows for help or advice when you need it!





Hi everyone! My name is Abigail Klein, and I’m a current freshman at The Ohio State University. I’m one of the class of 2020 Eminence Fellows, and I’m planning on majoring in Chemistry and German.

Some of my interests include chemistry and German (of course!) as well as cats (petting cats, looking at cats, playing cat games), figure skating, piano, and learning things. I love talking to people, especially about school, cats (you guessed it!), and my boyfriend. I also love helping others learn too. If you ever have a homework question (preferably in chemistry, math or German) then I’m your girl.

My learning style is typically a lecture type setting. I like sitting in a room listening to a professor talk. I also learn well through reading and note-taking. In my four years I’d really like to accomplish my double major, study abroad, and do lots and lots of research to prepare me for my future. I’d really like to be a laboratory chemist and do research for the rest of my life. I’m also really hoping to make some really meaningful friendships that will last me a lifetime. Most of all, I want to be happy, healthy, and involved!


Year in Review

End of Spring 2018: This year has been an eventful year of studying, fighting, recovering, dancing, and volunteering. I’ve jumped into my new majors and I enjoyed my anatomy class immensely. I’ve decided to pursue a career in clinical research with a focus on neuropharmaceuticals (this may change again). I’m starting my research with Dr. Gu, and it seems really promising so far. I’m very encouraged by how he treats the other undergraduate in the lab and lets her work on projects of her own.

This past year I got a lot more involved with DanceSport at OSU and did a lot of competing with the club and the team. I hope to be even more involved next year, and I’ve made a lot of really close friends in the club.

I struggled some more this year with my health and actually had to take Spring semester off/part time to keep up with my doctor’s appointments. However, I’m hoping to come back next semester full force and recover as much as I can. Even though I’ll graduate a year later than my fellow Fellows, I’m excited for what my next years at OSU will bring.



End of Spring 2017: This year my life changed a great deal. I have struggled through this year and made it through to the other side with all my limbs intact. I started this year a chemistry and German double major and am ending this year planning to go into Pharmaceutical Sciences and German (of course!) with a minor in Neuroscience. I learned that I actually don’t care for chemistry as a career, that pharmacy is awesome, and that I’m super interested in anatomy.

This year I have struggled with a lot of health issues, but I have definitely enjoyed getting to know the other Eminence Fellows as well as people in my dance club. I learned to love dance and the people in it. This summer I plan to continue dancing, take some online classes, and get my health back in order. Next school year I’m going to start my new major and minor and rock my classes.

I think throughout my struggle this year I have learned a lot about myself as a person and as an academic. I learned what I want to do with my life and figured out what to do to make my life mean something. I am proud to say that I finished my first year as an Eminence Fellow despite any trouble I may have had.


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.

Traveled to Germany for an research internship in 2016 on heart pumps with the company Abiomed

German major and pursuing a potential career in Germany


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.

Doing research with Dr. Gu in the College of Medicine

Dancing with DanceSport at OSU (on the ballroom dance team)


Academic Enrichment: Honors & Scholars students pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom.

Taking summer classes and a rigorous course load for a double major with a potential minor

Doing research with Dr. Gu learning how to work in a lab and reading papers extensively to update my knowledge on the research topics


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.

On the EBoard for DanceSport at OSU


Service Engagement: Honors & Scholars students commit to service to the community.

Volunteer at the VA Hospital

Eminence Fellow and Enlighten