Catherine Van Curen


Suite 0332 Barrett House

88 W. Woodruff Ave. – Columbus, OH 43210


The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Expected Graduation: May 2021

Overall GPA (4.0 scale): N/A

Magnificat High School, Rocky River, OH

Overall GPA (4.0 scale): 4.38


NASA Job Shadowing Week – NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

May 10, 2017 – May 18, 2017

  • Tested antennas in near-field antenna range
  • Modeled antennas using CST Studio Suite and ran simulations
  • Given tasks by advisor with little instructions, had to learn quickly


Volunteer Student Cook – Village Project, Bay Village, OH

August 2015 – Present

  • Cook meals for cancer patients and their families
  • Communicate with clients and current & potential donors
  • Collaborate with an executive board to fundraise and plan events


  • Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • 3 years chemistry laboratory experience (titrations, spectrophotometry, distillations, etc.)
  • Basic MATLAB knowledge


The Ohio State University

  • Biological Sciences Scholars
  • BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society)
  • Pre-Med Club
  • Scarlet and Grace Notes A Cappella Group
    • Rehearse multiple times a week for events and competitions

Magnificat High School

  • President of Chorale (Senior year)
  • National Merit Commended Scholar
  • President’s Award
  • National Honor Society
  • Theater
  • Volleyball

Sister Bernadette Vetter Award

Each year at my high school, one graduating senior is presented with the Sister Bernadette Vetter Award. This award recognizes the student that best lived out the mission of the school during her four years. I was fortunate enough this past year to be the student selected from among my peers by the faculty and staff to receive this award. At my high school, I was incredibly involved in many different areas – athletics, performing arts, campus ministry, volunteering, and helping with various events for the school. However, I never expected to be recognized in such a big way for my involvement. It was nice to know that the work I had done didn’t go unnoticed, so this award is very important to me and encourages me to continue living out a life that is focused on learning, service, and helping others.

Corn Maze – Scholars Event

I attended the corn maze in Little Darby Creek with the Biological Sciences Scholars group a few weeks ago. While this may not be an “academic” activity, I really enjoyed it because it allowed me to meet more people from the Scholars program that I hadn’t previously met. It was a really nice way to get to know people better while also de-stressing by doing some fun fall-themed activities!

Year in Review

Semester 1 Review

Over the course of this semester, I feel as though I have gained a lot of valuable skills that will support me throughout my academic career. College has been a big adjustment, and one of the biggest adjustments for me was simply learning how to study better. I tried a lot of different methods and feel as though I have finally been able to determine which strategies work best for me. In addition to better studying habits, I have also learned how to manage my time better in order to study, get all my work done, and still have time to relax. In addition to skills I have developed on my own, Scholars has helped me to grow this semester as well. Through this program, I have been able to become friends with people who have similar interests as me, as well as connect with professionals in the fields I want to pursue. Scholars has given me plenty of opportunities that would have been difficult for me to find on my own had I not been a part of this program. Overall, this semester has made me look forward even more to what the next few years will bring for me as a member of the Biological Sciences Scholars program at Ohio State!


Global Awareness: During my senior year of high school, I hosted a foreign exchange student for three weeks, and then spent two weeks with her in her home of Granada, Spain. The time spent with her both in the United States and in Spain allowed me to learn in a deeper way about the experiences of people in other parts of the world and inspired a passion in me for learning about new cultures and ideas through travel, which is something I hope to continue at Ohio State through study abroad programs.

Original Inquiry: The Ohio State University offers so many research opportunities, that it is difficult to pick just one! However, one of my main goals while at Ohio State is to get involved in research, especially research that deals with biomedical engineering or medicine. I am starting to look more into the research opportunities that exist in these areas and will begin working to get a position in one of these labs.

Academic Enrichment: As a biomedical engineering student who is also pre-med, I will definitely be faced with many challenging classes during my four years here. While difficult, these classes will allow me to expand my knowledge in the areas I am interested in.

Leadership Development: I have already gotten involved in a few clubs and organizations here at Ohio State, and these offer many leadership positions that I can gain in the future. In addition, I can be a leader in any research or volunteering positions that I might have. There are so many options for leadership that it will be difficult not to be a leader in some capacity.

Service Engagement: In high school, I was very actively involved in service, so it is something that I hope to continue at Ohio State. It is important to me to give back to my community in any way that I can, and Ohio State provides many resources to help students do this.

About Me

My name is Catherine Van Curen, and I am one of the members of The Ohio State University Class of 2021. I am studying Biomedical Engineering, as well as Pre-Med, while also participating in the Biological Sciences Scholars Program. My goal is to go to medical school after obtaining my undergraduate degree.  I am extremely excited to continue exploring the fields of engineering and medicine, and studying the relationships that exist between the two during my journey at Ohio State. Although I know my studies will be difficult, I am fully prepared to take advantage of all the opportunities offered at Ohio State to help me succeed. When I am not studying or in school, I like to run, watch football (Go Bucks!), sing, and read. On campus, I recently joined Scarlet and Grace Notes, an all-female a cappella group where I can continue to foster my love of music and performing. I have also joined BMES and Pre-Med Club, two organizations that will help me to connect with students and professionals involved in the fields I am studying. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for me as a member of The Ohio State University family.