Choose Ohio First Program

During my first year at Ohio State, I was fortunate enough to be chosen for the Choose Ohio First Program. This program allows college students to help with science outreach in their communities. I was able to volunteer at a local high school in a ninth grade class and was able to help the students learn good study habits as well as increase their knowledge about science. I was very thankful that I was able to be a part of this program as it allowed me to share my love of science with others.


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Air Force Research Laboratory – AFRL LEGACY is intended to introduce STEM at a young age, continue growing students' interest in STEM, and eventually hire these students into a STEM driven Air Force career. To learn more visit Educational Outreach Office Air Force Materiel Command

Posted by Wright-Patterson AFB on Friday, July 27, 2018

For the past two summers, I have worked as an apprentice at Wright Patterson Air Force Base through the LEGACY program. I have worked in the 711 Human Performance Wing where I ran a baseline experiment to test how eyes-on analysts (people who watch drone footage) can handle multi-tasking. I did research and then planned out and executed an experiment by creating a simulation and running airmen and other interns through it. More recently though, I have worked in the STRONG (Signature Tracking for Optimized Nutrition and Training) Lab. This lab uses exercise science experiments in order to work to optimize the nutrition and training of airmen. During my time there, I worked through exercises and workouts that were going to be used in future experiments and I analyzed data from previous experiments. I also tested new technologies that were going to be integrated into future experiments and provided feedback about them. The video above provides more insight to the program I participate in as well as the STRONG Lab and includes me talking about both.

About Me

Hello! My name is Jenna Samosky. I was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio and am currently a sophomore at OSU. I am pursuing a double major in Biology and Neuroscience with a minor in Human Development and Family Science. I plan to go to graduate school to receive a doctorate in neuropsychology and hope to study how trauma affects the brain. I am a Biological Sciences Scholar as well as a Choose Ohio First Scholar and am a part of the student organization Buckeyes for WHEP. I also hope to be involved in some type of medical research in my time as an undergraduate student.

Throughout the last three summers, I worked as an apprentice at Wright Patterson Air Force Base through the LEGACY program. I worked in the 711 Human Performance Wing in two different research labs. The first lab that I worked in studies how new technologies affect airmen and works to figure out the best way to incorporate these new technologies into the daily operations of the air force. The second lab I worked in was the STRONG lab. This lab works to optimize the training and nutrition of airmen by performing and analyzing experiments where the participants health, vitals, and workouts are tracked. The third summer I was there I was able to shadow in several different departments in the hospital. This helped me to see how all the different departments of a hospital work together to treat a patient. It also helped me to decide that I would like to pursue research instead of medical school as I am more interested in this aspect of the medical field.


Year in Review

Being from a small town and an even smaller school, I was very nervous about how large Ohio State was. The Scholars program made me more comfortable and made such a large campus feel small. Biological Sciences Scholars is a group of OSU students that are interested in learning about new and different types of sciences. During the Fall 2018 semester, I participated in a Scholars Seminar. This seminar was very helpful as it gave me a large wealth of information. I learned about how to properly study for college classes, specifically science classes. I also learned all about scientific research, both how to conduct it properly and the ethical problems that could occur. Overall, the seminar was extremely helpful. It connected me to a community of people with similar interests to me and gave me information that will help me have a successful experience here at Ohio State.


The Honors and Scholars program has a list of G.O.A.L.S. to help everyone in the program become better and well rounded adults. The G in GOALS stands for global awareness, which means making yourself aware of the differences in the world and the people that live in it and appreciating and trying to understand those differences. The O stands for original inquiry which challenges students to ask new and hard questions that have not been thought of before. The A stands for academic enrichment which pushes students to explore new and different things even in the field they are not studying. The L stands for leadership development which pushes students to step out of their comfort zone and into leadership positions to better themselves and their community. Finally, the S stands for service engagement which encourages students to help out in their community. This is the part that I am most interested in as I was involved in many different service projects in high school and would love to continue helping others.



One aspect of G.O.A.L.S. that I am most focused on is the goal of academic enrichment. I love learning and especially love learning about different and new types of things. As part of the Biological Sciences Scholars, I was able to visit the Columbus Zoo and take a behind the scenes tour of the zoo’s Health Center. While there I was able to learn about how animals are taken care of at the zoo. This included learning about how animals are given surgeries (and what they would need surgeries for), learning about the different types of check ups and procedures performed on the animals, and learning about the different types of projects that the people who work at the Health Center are a part of. It was very interesting to learn about all of these different things and it showed me that there are a variety of things that you can do with a single career.