ASPIRE 2019 Information

New (May 16th, 2019):  We are excited to announce that the ASPIRE program will host two, five day sessions in the summer of 2019! Session 1 will be June 3rd-7th, and Session 2 will be June 10th-14th, from 9 am to 5 pm each day in the Physics Research Building at Ohio State. The program only takes place during the day and overnight accommodations are not expected or included. Applications can be submitted hereApplications for both sessions are now due May 28nd. (This is an extension of the previous deadline, which was May 22nd).



The ASPIRE workshop is for high school women who are entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grades. Participants will get their hands on physics equipment and software used by physicists and learn about physics research. In last year’s ASPIRE workshop, participants worked on three separate radio-themed projects where they searched for a hidden transmitter using antennas and oscilloscopes, analyzed real data from the ANITA neutrino experiment in Mathematica, and programmed an Arduino to produce their own mini-radio station.

Physicists from all levels—undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral, and professor—come together to share their knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm with workshop attendees. Together, we foster the next generation of women scientists by giving them exposure to real research environments, challenges, and rewards.

It is not expected that participants have any physics or mathematics background and thus there are no previous course requirements for the workshop. However, we have noticed that students have a more constructive experience if they have taken trigonometry and possibly some exposure to physics in the classroom.

There is a $50 fee for participation in the workshop. Please note: we are able to offer a full scholarship to all students to cover the $50 participation fee. Please simply select in the application if you wish to receive this scholarship.

ASPIRE is made possible by generous support of the National Science Foundation through NSF CAREER Award 1255557, the Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (CCAPP), and the Department of Physics at The Ohio State University.


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Leadership Highland Graduation

Brooke Beam, PhD

Ohio State University Extension, Highland County

Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator

May 21, 2019

The 2018-2019 class of Leadership Highland will be graduating on May 29, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room in the basement of the Highland County Administration Building. The public is welcome to attend, but RSVPs are encouraged to

The current class of the Leadership Highland program began in August of 2018 with a retreat at Rocky Fork State Park. Since August, the class has met monthly for a series of hands-on workshops and tours of local and regional businesses. Earlier in May, the participants completed their class project by collecting donations for the Bright Local Schools D.A.R.E. program graduation celebration. Sponsors of the class project included Weastec, Inc., Merchants National Bank, First State Bank, Southern State Community College, Walmart Subway, Edward Jones (Mat Greene), Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, and Ohio State University Extension.

The graduation program will include a brief presentation by the participants and light refreshments. To RSVP or for more information about the next class of Leadership Highland, contact the Ohio State University Extension Office in Highland County at 937-393-1918 or via email at


Upcoming Programs:

A Video Editing Workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at 3 P.M. at the Lynchburg Library. This workshop will teach basic editing principles on both laptops and mobile devices. Bring your own computer or mobile device to participate. RSVP to the OSU Extension Office at 937-393-1918.

A Hops Workshop will be held on July 18, 2019. Cost to attend is $30.00 per person. The workshop will include lunch and a tour of Old Dutch Hops. Preregister at 937-393-1918 or visit the Highland County Extension office. The workshop will be held at the Ponderosa Center at 545 S. High Street, Hillsboro, OH.

The Germinate International Film Fest will be accepting submissions through June 30, 2019. The festival will be held on August 16 & 17, 2019, in Hillsboro, Ohio. For more information or to apply, visit Contact Brooke Beam at the OSU Extension Office for more information at 937-393-1918.