Welcome to my Honors & Scholars e-Portfolio

My e-porfolio will allow you to get to know me better with information about my background and my future goals. I will be posting on this site throughout my college career about experiences that I gather in the coming 4 years. For now, you could go to the About Me section to learn about my passions and interests and to the Artifacts page to learn about an object that is valuable to me. Thank you and stay tuned!

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.]


It is not so much the pen itself that is the artifact, but the person who gave it and the act of giving it.

I am part of an organization for Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), a volunteer non-profit, non-governmental organization that is one of the biggest in the world. We deal with problems ranging from all over the social sphere from poverty, natural disasters, environmental problems and minority rights. Because it is such a big organization involved in many things, we require a lot of volunteers, not only part-time, but full time as well. Therefore, we have full-time volunteers that have left their families and their personal goals and desires to work for the greater good. One such volunteer, who I cannot name, is an international supervisor, so he travels the world, helping conduct activities for the different social issues we work for. I have known him ever since I have been 7-8 years old and he has seen me grow up. Throughout my life, he stood as inspiration for me, as the epitome of discipline, leadership, and sacrifice. He has dedicated his life to make the world a better place and is compete fine with not receiving any recognition or credit for his work. For many people, he doesn’t have much, but for him, he has more than what he needs. The members of HSS are family to him and doing what he does makes him happy, and he insists that he needs nothing more. I can still not forget the day he gave me that pen. For many, including him, it was just a pen, but for me, it is much more than just that, simply because he is the one that gave it to me. Whenever I write with I am constantly reminded of him and his character. It serves me as a reminder to constantly fight for what I believe in and to continuously strive to be a better version of my self for the sake of societal help. Its presence suggests  that I am working for a cause much greater than myself and that I have to seek a greater cause in everything that I do. It reminds to stay motivated and passionate about the things I love. It might not be the best pen out there, but it has far exceeded its job of being just a pen, and it will continue to do so throughout my entire life.

About Me

Praneethkumar (Praneeth) Madhu is a freshmen at the Ohio State University, majoring in neuroscience, and is a part of the Biological Sciences Scholars program. Praneeth loves to try out new things and meet new people.

In High School, he participated in many clubs and extracurricular activities such as Speech and Debate, Key Club, Science Olympiad, Chess Club, and was an officer for the Model United Nations club. As an officer, his duties included the training of the underclassmen and the organization of travel to conferences in Ohio and in other states. He was also very involved in social work, volunteering at Riverside Methodist Hospital, and the Center of Science and Industry. With a few of his friends, he also started a cancer fundraiser called Campaign for Colon Cancer Research (3CR) to help the research efforts at the James Cancer Center. Furthermore, he is an active member of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, one of the largest non-profit, non-governmental organizations in the world that contributes to all aspects of society through awareness and volunteerism. Through these different endeavors, Praneeth has gained a lot of leadership experience and confidence that he hopes to carry throughout his college carrer. Understanding how important such experiences are, he will continue to search for learning opportunities in college. Joining the Biological Sciences Scholars Program was a way for him to find new doors to different organizations and challenges that he can join and take up. He joined the program to connect with people, find new opportunities, and develop essential skills such as leadership, communciation, and time management.

Praneeth is also an avid thinker and enjoys philosophical and theoretical topics all the way from consciousness in plants to the existence of a universal force. He is also currently writing a book called “7” that discusses his opinions through such topics in an interesting story line.

After his undergraduate studies, Praneeth is hoping to go onto medical school to become a neurosurgeon and create a lasting impact on the world.