Year in Review

My school year so far has been a lot of learning and development. I am still learning what is the best way for me to study is. I’ve been transitioning from my high school self to my adult self steadily. This school year has made me question things more analytically and in depth. I am more inquisitive and perceptive than I was before. I’m excited to continue to grow as an individual and continue my college journey.



  • 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.
    • In the future I hope to study abroad in China to strengthen my growing Chinese language and fully immerse in the culture. I hope to partake in the Design Principles and Biomedical Research trip during the summer of my junior year.
  • 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.
    • I am currently reaching out to different laboratories to get involved in research and have completed a research and career exploration class through the Molecular Genetics department.
  • 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.
    • I am involved on campus in various organizations from Society of Women Engineers to the Mountaineering Club. In addition to these organizations, I had the opportunity to become a Buckeye Leadership Fellow (BLF). This year is the first time the program has been opened to freshman. BLF focuses on leadership development of students as they transition into college.
  • Service Engagement: Honors & Scholars students commit to service to the community.


I chose to participate in a two-year biotechnology course run through Cincinnati State. course A majority of my senior year of high school was spent working on my biotech capstone. The project was Nanotransfection in Saccharomyces cerevisiae which focused on drug delivery in a cancerous cell. The yeast served as the “tumor cell” and the solid lipid nanoparticles were the drug carriers of the “drug”, which was a plasmid for a green fluorescent protein. Once the plamid was conjugated to the nanoparticles, the uptake of the drug carrier was able to be visualized by the green fluorescence from the yeast, showing that the “drug” had entered the system.









A Biological Science Scholars event that I have taken part in since the beginning of the year is the study sessions that happen each month. These events allow me to study with friends and get a different viewpoint of the topics we study in class. I have been able to meet new friends in my dorm and other students that are in BioSci. The last one I went to was on October 15th which allowed me to study for my chemistry midterm that happened the next day.

About Me

Hi! My name is Sophia Sperry and I am a first-year biomedical engineer major at The Ohio State University. I attended Loveland High School where I was involved in Science Olympiad, Academic Team, and held leadership roles in National Honors Society (vice president) and the LHS Marching Band (drum major). I worked as a shift manager at Fresh Press Juicery and Coffee throughout the school year in addition to interning at First Star Logistics during the winter.

I am involved in the Society of Women Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, Buckeye Leadership Fellows, Bob Ross Painting Club, and Mountaineers at Ohio State.

After graduating, I intend to enter the industry and obtain a position at Ethicon or enter research involved in drug-delivery. I am currently thinking about going to medical school after a few years of industry as well.