A Guide to Your First Year

Welcome to The Ohio State University and the STEM EE Scholars Program!

College can certainly be overwhelming at first, but there are great resources available both online and offline to help you manage your student experience. Listed below are just a few of these! Please do not hesitate to contact the Program Advisor or a member of the Leadership Council if you need additional guidance.


STEM EE Scholars Site

Carmen Canvas

All information about your classes, including the syllabus and grades, will be posted to Carmen Canvas.

Microsoft Office

As an Ohio State student, you are eligible to receive up to five copies of Microsoft Office for free. Follow the link to download the correct program for your operating system.

Outlook Online

Access Microsoft Office and other Office 365 products from your browser. This link may also be used to access Microsoft OneDrive, a cloud-based storage system. As an Ohio State student, you may store up to 1 TB of data using your OSU email address.


Your ePortfolio is a personal website that gives you the opportunity to record your Scholars experience. This will be introduced to you in your first-year Scholars seminar, but there are benefits of using this site past your first year. Many scholars find it useful to log their experiences to share with faculty and future employers when searching for opportunities outside of classes.

Click here, to learn how to make a static homepage in your ePortfolio.

Time Management

myHomework App

This app syncs your to-do lists across multiple platforms, including macOS, iOS, and Android. With this program, you can easily sort your assignments for each class, set reminders and due dates, and add your class schedule.

Block and Focus Google Chrome Extension

This extension allows for distracting sites to be blocked by a timer.

Writing and Reference Resources

Mendeley Reference Manager

With this program, you no longer need to worry how to properly format your references! Mendeley is offered as a standalone program and a Microsoft Word extension. PDFs and other texts can be imported directly into the program and can be referenced in Microsoft Word using the add-on.


This resource is the best search engine for scientific articles and journals available free to Ohio State students. Search by keywords, authors, journals, and many more. To log in, click on “Other Institution Login”, search for the university, and use your Ohio State credentials. For assistance with this tool, please contact an Ohio State librarian.


Access peer-reviewed and open access textbooks on this platform. These texts are great for introductory courses and provide many practice questions and methods.

OSU Writing Center

The Writing Center offers free help with writing at any stage of the writing process for any member of the university community. During our sessions, consultants can work with you on anything from research papers to lab reports, from dissertations to résumés, from proposals to application materials. Appointments are available in-person at 4120 Smith Lab, as well as for online sessions. You may schedule an in-person or online appointment by visiting WCOnline or by calling 614-688-4291. Please note that the Writing Center also offers daily walk-in hours—no appointment necessary—in Thompson Library.

Developing an Effective Email Signature



Connect to current Ohio State students and alumni through this website offered through Ohio State’s Career Services office.


Handshake is Ohio State’s new university-wide position posting system where students have access to search and apply for part-time jobs, internships, co-ops, and full-time career opportunities. Thousands of jobs, internship and career opportunities are posted in Handshake as well as information on upcoming career fairs and on-campus recruiting events.


LinkedIn makes it easier to connect to the people and things that matter in your professional world. Build and nurture your professional network, stay up to date with the latest business and industry news. This app is available on iOS and Android.


Scholly helps ease the scholarship search process by providing you personalized recommendations. This app is available on iOS and Android.

OSU Student Advocacy

OSU Career Counseling and Support Services