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.]


[ “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: 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: 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

Hello! My name is Ben Smith and I am a first-year student in the STEM EE Scholars Program at Ohio State. I graduated from William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio in 2017. While at Mason, I participated in several extracurricular activities. I was involved in the music program and played clarinet in both concert and marching band. I was also involved with SIBS, a group that provides guidance to high school freshmen and leads monthly homerooms.

I plan to major in Molecular Genetics while at Ohio State and to minor in music. Ohio State offers so many opportunities to engage in research and was a strong reason why I chose to attend. I would like to work alongside faculty members on their research and hopefully conduct my own research while I am here! I am an an avid coffee drinker! I would like to conduct research on the coffee plant. I believe that through the rapidly evolving field of genetics, coffee can become a much more accessible, economical, and flavorful product.

I am currently interesting in attending graduate school to study biotechnology and further my understanding of the practical application of genetics. I see myself having an impact on the future by improving the future of the coffee industry and its producers.

I am also glad to be part of a university that focuses much of its efforts on giving back to the community around it. In 2016, I completed my Eagle Scout project at Fort Ancient, an educational nature preserve about 30 miles north of Cincinnati. One of the goals of my project was to enhance the learning opportunities for students that visit the site on field trips. I would like to continue this goal other students and the public in Columbus. This is possible through the STEM EE Scholars program and through others organizations, such as COSI.