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Individual Leadership Awards Winners

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This page lists the individual award winners of 2021 Student Life Leadership Awards. For a listing of organization award winners, visit the Organization Winner webpage. Also be sure to check out the Leadership Awards highlight on @StudentLifeOSU on Instagram.

Outstanding First-Year Student Award | Outstanding Graduate/Professional Student Award | Stanley D. Gottsegen Leadership Award | Kaplan Humanitarian Award | Dr. Ellamae Simmons Award | Boehm Holistic Wellness Award | Scarlet, Gray and Green Award | Outstanding Student Life Employee Award | Outstanding Student Life Supervisor Award | Diversity Engagement Award | Edward S. "Beanie" Drake Award | Student Organization Indvidual Contribution Awards | Spirit of Ohio State Award | Outstanding Senior Award


Outstanding First-Year Student Award

The Outstanding First-Year Student Award is designed to recognize the efforts of first-year students on Ohio State’s campus. Award recipients have engaged in experiences both in and out of the classroom that have increased their responsibilities to the campus community. These students have demonstrated an ability to balance academics with their involvement and have shown promise for future leadership at Ohio State.

Maxwell Devine 

Maxwell is a first-year honors student from Gahanna, Ohio studying Biomedical Science who continues to refine his leadership style and values as a future scholar and physician. From the Courageous Leaders Program (CLP)—a 7-week leadership education program run by the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at OSU—to BuckeyeThon, Maxwell has pursued a number of co-curricular involvement opportunities to leave an impact in the OSU community as a student leader. However, Maxwell has also recently branched out of leave a broader impact in the Columbus community by tutoring youth through an organization called Pass the Class. Intent on preparing for his medical career and scholarship as well, Maxwell was also recently selected as a student researcher in the lab of Dr. James Chen in the Division of Medical Oncology of the College of Medicine, where he will study various forms of rare cancers in cell culture.  

Rheanna Velasquez 

Rheanna is a first-year student from Wooster, Ohio studying Neuroscience and English who has fully embraced leadership opportunities in public health and service. As a first-year student, Rheanna has served as a BuckeyeThon Team Captain and collectively raised over $4,000 to support children with cancer and blood disorders with 23 team members; promoted a safe and healthy culture at OSU as a Together As Buckeyes Ambassador; and volunteered with Crosswalk Outreach to the Homeless to prepare and deliver meals, clothing, and hygiene supplies to people experiencing homelessness in Columbus. Rheanna notes that her involvement in BuckeyeThon most impacted her first year at Ohio State by enriching her experience in leadership, fundraising, and advocacy. She aims to continue giving back to OSU and Columbus by volunteering and mentoring first-years and women during the remainder of her OSU career.  

Rikki Lee Joiner 

Rikki is a first-year student from Cincinnati, Ohio studying Business Marketing who is steadily learning to integrate business and community for herself and other students with minoritized identities. Before coming to OSU, Rikki launched the Rikki Lee Agency as a marketing consulting agency to amplify the visibility of minority women and began sharing her college application journey and academic experiences with over social media using the hashtag #WerkIt. In her first year at Ohio State, Rikki called on four friends to start a Clubhouse social media group discussing various topics around student entrepreneurship for student entrepreneurs across the U.S. Rikki was able to develop several micro-internship opportunities for high school and college students through her business to involve over 10 creative, talented, and diverse interns to help work toward the goal of amplifying minoritized student voices. Rikki plans to continue connecting minority students across the nation to affluent positions at major corporations via her social platforms through her #WerkItUniversity campaign. 

Simran Surana 

Simran is a first-year student from Centerville, Ohio studying Neuroscience who is redefining what it means to be a philanthropist and leader through the Student Philanthropy Council (SPC). After taking on more responsibilities in SPC, Simran eventually pursued a marketing director role and has started a new initiative within SPC called the “Service Series,” where students can attend one-time service events after they have gone to a Philanthropy Speaker Series in order to integrate responsible education and service. In reflecting on what philanthropy means to her, Simran wrote, “Philanthropy means separating from an individualistic culture and mindset and living in a way that prioritizes goodness for everyone…I’d like to get away from the idea that being a philanthropist means donating large sums of money or dedicating a life to support great causes. It makes me feel like only certain people can practice philanthropy and that philanthropy is out of reach to the common person.” Simran has a vision for a collaborative and inclusive leadership style that she will carry forward in her career as an OSU student and beyond.  

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Outstanding Graduate/Professional Student Award

Among the highest honors conferred to graduate and professional students, this award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to Ohio State in leadership and service outside their academic program. To be selected, students must demonstrate their ability to balance scholarship with their leadership and involvement.

Alyssa Ciango 

Alyssa is a second-year master’s student in OSU’s Higher Education and Student Affairs program from Woodridge, Illinois and an integral member of Student Activities. As a graduate student, Alyssa has primarily advised the Pay It Forward (PIF) student cohort, which is responsible for creating service opportunities for students and educating the community about social justice issues. In response to the pandemic, Alyssa oversaw a virtual Community Commitment educational program that included six different panels focusing on different topics such as food insecurity, youth development, environmental stewardship, and healthcare disparities to name a few. She also helped transform MLK Jr. Day of Service into a week-long event in collaboration with the Hale Black Cultural Center, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Multicultural Center, the Office of Social Change, and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity that reached over 575 attendees. Following graduation, Alyssa will continue working in the field of Student Affairs to support student learning and responsible civic engagement as the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at Miami University.  

Justin Mitchell 

Originally from Dayton, OH, Justin is a current medical student who has had a lasting impact on the Columbus community as a developing medical professional. Through the Health Education and Development Services for Underprivileged Populations and the Reach Out organizations, Justin has focused on educating under-resourced and underrepresented youth in Columbus by teaching and mentoring them about the medical field through various programming and events throughout the academic year. Many of these students came from Ethiopian backgrounds and use English as a second language and Justin has embraced cross-cultural learning and partnerships with these students, current medical students and professionals, and the Dean of Students at The Academy for Urban Scholars in Columbus to serve Columbus youth during the pandemic. Justin’s passion for eliminating racial disparities in health care is also evident in his clinical and research work, where he honed his interest on socioeconomic and racial determinants of obstetrical outcomes as they relate to prenatal stress. Justin plans to present these findings at OSU College of Medicine’s 2021 Institute of Behavioral Medicine Research Day.  

Radhika Pandit 

Radhika is a student from Mason, OH currently earning a medical degree from OSU’s College of Medicine. As a medical student, Radhika has become civically engaged by working towards eliminating health inequities as a member of the steering committee of The Columbus Free Clinic (CFC). As the Specialty Clinic Coordinator for CFC, Radhika coordinates the Gynecology Clinic, which runs monthly in order to relieve the financial barriers of receiving routine gynecological and cancer screening services among uninsured patients. In this role, Radhika secured over $3,000 worth of funding, helped the clinic begin to offer resource bags filled with menstrual products to our patients, incorporated telehealth visits into the gynecology clinic, and secured a feature in a publication in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing highlighting the clinic as an exemplar of cancer screening and prevention. During CFC’s fiscal year 2020, the gynecology clinic’s programs were valued at $17,600, and Radhika helps guide them towards success. 

Jillian L. Deas 

Jillian is a student from Columbus, OH currently earning a master's degree in Educational Policy. Jillian has kept a focus on equitable education, evident in her policy studies and work with the Students with Children student organization to advocate for student parents. At OSU, Jillian has lead and guided students with dependents to lobby for institutional change regarding student parents on campus, leading to the formation of the multi-disciplinary Pregnant and Parenting Student Support Committee. Jillian's work and coalition building pushed for change in family housing, childcare support, and campus-wide information for professors, advisors, and resident leaders. Jillian plans to deploy the advocacy skills she has acquired through parenting student advocacy toward the improvement of K-12 educational opportunities. 

Mickey Marie Rogers 

Mickey is an Analytical Chemistry Ph.D. student from Powell, Ohio with a clear vision leveraging leadership in science policy in order to address climate issues in our community. Mickey’s graduate research is part of the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE). In CAICE, Mickey collaborates with 70+ scientists to unravel the complexity of ocean and atmospheric chemistry so that informed climate action can be taken. Part of her role in CAICE involves an educational initiative designed to engage middle and high school students in the chemistry of aerosols, climate, and the environment. Outside of her program, Mickey is also a teaching facilitator each summer on behalf of the Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning, where she helps incoming STEM graduate assistants prepare for upcoming courses, learn how to incorporate techniques and strategies for effective teaching, and articulate how diversity impacts learning in their classrooms. After graduation, she plans to take time to explore a science policy fellowship in Washington D.C. 

Samuel Shallenberger 

Samuel is a second year master’s student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. Originally from Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, he has had a significant impact on OSU and the Columbus community as a member of the Willie J. Young. Sr. Off-Campus and Commuter Student Engagement team. Samuel joined Student Life in August 2019 as a graduate assistant, where his proactive nature and forward-thinking approach have contributed to many of the unit’s initiatives. In his role, Samuel supervises 10 student staff members, manages communication efforts for the office, plans and executes programming, and supports the needs of the 45,000 off-campus and commuter students services at the Columbus Campus of Ohio State. Going beyond his job description, Samuel has supervised his team’s operations unit to support safe and healthy community efforts in response to COVID-19 and led civic engagement campaigns in partnership with OSU Votes during the 2020 election cycle. One of Samuel’s most notable contributions this year was leading the first ever virtual Off-Campus Living Expo, working with partners to secure a technology platform, and onboarding vendors to this new and advanced approach to reaching our student populations.  

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Stanley D. Gottsegen Leadership Award

First awarded in 2006, the Stanley D. Gottsegen Leadership Award recognizes one student leader each year who has demonstrated outstanding involvement in co-curricular activities with a monetary award of $1,000. Students must be undergraduate juniors or seniors involved in one of the following organizations: Undergraduate Student Government, Ohio Union Activities Board, Greek Governing Councils, Makio or Ohio Staters, Inc. Stanley D. Gottsegen graduated from Ohio State in 1954 with a BS in Business Administration. During his time at Ohio State, Mr. Gottsegen was involved in a wide variety of campus activities and programs. He served as Secretary for Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, Chairman of the 1952 Dad’s Day events, Secretary-Treasurer for the Fraternity Council, President of the Ohio Student Party Association and Vice President of Sphinx. Additionally, he was involved with Fraternity Affairs, Makio and May Week Committee, Ohio Staters, Inc., Ohio State Sesquicentennial Committee, Student Senate and Sundial.

Oseremhen Arheghan

Since their freshman year, Ose has empowered the voices of queer and trans people of color at OSU. Ose, a Political Science and Chinese major from Shaker Heights, OH, worked toward that goal most notably in OSU’s Undergraduate Student Government (USG). In Ose’s first year, they planned and facilitated a closed space for trans Buckeyes to share community, experiences, and provide feedback to USG. Ose also ran a public Trans 101 training in the hopes that it could answer any questions people may have as to how to become better allies on campus. This past summer many of students took to the streets of Columbus in solidarity with Minneapolis protesters. As chair of the newly formed Black Caucus, Ose also led student leaders in creating and disseminating information about protest safety. Ose then conceptualized and moderated a 6-week summer education series where the Black Caucus invited students to attend and learn more about social justice topics such as prison reform and abolition, mental health in the Black community, and the history of structural racism in America as we screen documentaries and listen to OSU professors and Columbus community leaders over Zoom. Ose plans to continue their policy and advocacy work as an intern this summer at Google through their legal department. 

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Kaplan Humanitarian Award

The Kaplan Humanitarian Award was first awarded in 1961 to honor Rabbi Harry Kaplan who served as director of the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation for 34 years and whose love for all people personified what has helped make Ohio State a world-class leader in higher education. This award is given each year to acknowledge students whose efforts, on behalf of intercultural, interfaith and/or interracial understanding, have made a distinctive contribution toward achieving the ideas for what Rabbi Kaplan stood.

Jacob Chang

Jacob’s experience as a community member, a leader, and a Buckeye shifted his understanding of the power of the voices of marginalized communities. As a Psychology and Political Sciences major from Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, Jacob has most notably worked for international, first-gen, and LGBTQ-identifying students through his roles in Undergraduate Student Government and the Chinese Students and Scholars Society. Last summer, Jacob led efforts to deliver health kits with facial masks, medicine, and disinfecting wipes to over 3,000 Chinese students in the City of Columbus. Consistent with his service efforts is Jacob’s drive for human rights advocacy. This past year, Jacob testified in favor of H.B. 369 in the Ohio Statehouse to advocate for constitutional protection of LGBTQ+ community in all workplaces in the state of Ohio. Jacob aims to pursue a career in civil rights law after graduating from OSU and is confident that the education and experience he had at the university gave him the determination to further pursue humanitarian support for all of the communities that he can reach.

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Dr. Ellamae Simmons Award

Born in 1918 in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Dr. Ellamae Simmons dreamed of becoming a physician. Throughout her life, she experienced racism and sexism on a frequent basis as a Black woman. She was initially denied from Ohio State’s nursing program because of her race but ended up joining the Red Cross and served in the U.S. Army Nursing Corps for more than three years during World War II. Following the war, she applied again to Ohio State and was accepted to the Biological Sciences program. Dr. Ellamae Simmons went on to earn her Masters in Social Work from Ohio State, and her medical degree from Howard University. This award recognizes students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and service – with particular regard to issues at the intersection of race and gender.

Noor Alshafie

A double major in Public Management, Leadership, and Policy and International Students from Columbus, Noor has made an impact during her time at OSU through her involvement in BuckeyeThon and Buckeye Leadership Fellows. As the Executive Vice President of Buckeyethon during the COVID-19 pandemic, she played an integral role in Buckeyethon’s innovations during 2020 that ultimately resulted in raising $2.2million for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. After a transformative experience with Washington Academic Internship Program, Noor added a second degree in Public Management, Leadership and Policy in order to pursue a passion for the nonprofit work she was already pursuing through her work with BuckeyeThon and her WAIP internship. Her commitment to leadership and service is evident in her work. After graduation, Noor plans to return to Washington to jump back into the public sector for which she has such a passion.  

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Boehm Holistic Wellness Award

Sponsored by the Student Life Wellness Center, this award is presented in both individual and organization categories. The award recognizes Buckeyes who have promoted holistic wellness through leadership.

Anjali Tewari 

A third year Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering major from Powell, Ohio, Anjali is being recognized for her leadership in the Engineering department through which she centers wellness in all of her efforts. As the External VP of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Anjali was responsible for the Networking Night event that connects 250 students to eight companies. Anjali promoted Career Wellness in her peers by mentoring them on professional development, communication, problem solving, event planning, and interpersonal skills. Anjali has also enhanced the Social and Emotional wellness of her peers by promoting inclusion efforts and making Engineering more welcoming to women and students of color. Anjali’s nominators praise her commitment to being well rounded and practicing her own wellness as a central part of her leadership style.  

Bryan Moriarty 

Bryan is a Finance and Logistics Management major from Liberty Township, Ohio who has been serving as a Student Coordinator for Financial Wellness initiatives within the Student Wellness Center. In his leadership role, Bryan not only teaches Financial wellness to peers, but promotes the overall wellbeing of his fellow financial coaches. In response to the isolation students are experiencing due to COVID-19, Bryan suggested, implemented, and lead a twice semester plan for all coaches to connect once with a peer and a member of the organization's leadership team to foster social connection and a sense of community which has resulted in lower turnover numbers than normal. He has advocated successfully for additional diversity and inclusion continuing education in ongoing training and for increased access of programming for underrepresented students. Alongside his hard work, Bryan models holistic wellness to his peers, making his a truly well leader.  

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Scarlet, Gray, and Green Student Leadership Award

The Scarlet, Gray, and Green Student Leadership Award was established in 2011 by the Office of Student Life and the President’s and Provost’s Council on Sustainability. The award is now presented each year by the Energy Management and Sustainability group within Facility Management and Logistics. This award recognizes undergraduate, graduate or professional students who have shown outstanding leadership in furthering sustainability efforts at The Ohio State University. Candidates are evaluated based on demonstrated leadership, scale of environmental impact, creativity and innovation and measurable results.

Aishwarya Badiger 

A Food Science and Technology graduate student from India, Aishwarya has pursued a variety of opportunities to make OSU a more sustainable campus culture. Prior to COVID-19, she led a project to make Parker Dairy Store café a zero-waste facility in partnership with Facilities and Operations Development’s Zero Waste team, including securing a grant to offset the cost of compostable materials. After the pandemic shut down the café, she pivoted to launch a compost drop-off pilot program serving 100 students. Aishwarya co-founded the sustainability student organization Know Food Waste and was also involved in planning and executing their Food Waste Photo Competition, which spread awareness of food waste on campus in a creative manner. She is currently working on a project to upcycle wasted bagels on campus into bagel chips in partnership with the Food Recovery Network and Upcycled Food Association. We look forward to seeing what she does next to further sustainability at OSU.  

Jack Gangestad 

Jack is a Finance major from Stillwater, Minnesota who has been very involved in furthering sustainability culture at Ohio State. Jack has been involved with the sustainability committee in USG since his first year at OSU. This experience led him to pursue an opportunity as a Student Lead in Student Life Energy Management and Sustainability, a role he started one month before the pandemic began. Jack balances big questions – such as “do we really have a culture of sustainability?” - with daily tasks to leave his mark on sustainability at OSU. As the Strategic Planning and Assessment Lead, he is able to combine his business focus with his passion for sustainability. He has brought that same passion to his professional career, helping the company with which he interned develop a recycling program. He will continue to integrate sustainability into every facet of his life.  

Anna Haught 

As a Community Mentor in Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services, Anna has worked hard to make sustainable practices a part of everyday life for Buckeyes. A Psychology and Environmental Policy & Decision Making double major from Columbus, Ohio, Anna has held multiple events for commuter students around sustainability, including education on what is recyclable in Franklin County and the impact students can have by reducing waste on and off campus. They also worked on the sustainability campaign project, through which they developed a blog called Reduce, Reuse, Recipe to teach students creative recipes that reduce food waste, how to cook sustainably, and how to properly store leftovers to reduce food waste. Anna partnered with Best Food Forward to develop nutrition labels for the blog. Based off of student feedback and engagement, the blog is expanding, including creating instructional videos for recipes. Anna also makes sure that they center sustainability in all conversations with the OCCSS staff, helping make the office culture one that is truly more sustainable than before they joined the team. 

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Outstanding Student Life Student Employee

On-campus student employment is one of many ways for students to get involved at Ohio State and build skills that will serve them throughout their lifetimes. Sponsored by the Student Employee Experience, this award is selected based on nominations received from supervisors or co-workers, and recognizes the contributions of student employees in Student Life offices. Recipients have gone above and beyond their basic job responsibilities and made significant contributions to their offices.

Camryn Fazzina 

An Accounting major from Pickerington, Ohio, Camryn is being recognized for her work as an administrative assistant in Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services. Her supervisor praises her team-focused approach to her role, as well as her willingness to be innovative and adaptable in the face of COVID-19 challenges. She provided leadership in planning the first virtual Off-Campus Living Expo, and went out of her way to mentor new employees who had only every worked with the team virtually. To quote her supervisor, “Camryn is an ideal employee to have in a student-facing role, and she has become a leader in her own right throughout her time in OCCSS.”  

Divya Kumar 

Divya is a Psychology major from Southlake, Texas. Divya is being recognized for her work with Facilities, where she has served as the Student Facility Coordinator, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, and New Employee Ambassador. Her supervisor praises her innovative mindset and desire to create a better experience for all guests of the facilities her team manages, as well as a stronger staff experience. This Fall, she has taken on the newly created role of Diversity and Inclusion manager, and has led educational opportunities for the staff around diversity, microaggressions, and inequality. She also took initiative to develop a resource guide that all staff can use across recreation facilities to create a more inclusive environment. Her supervisor says “she is a top-notch student employee and more than deserving of this award” and we are pleased to honor her work.  

Emma Coleman 

An Accounting major from Columbus, Emma is being celebrated for her work as a Student Facility Coordinator for satellite recreational sports facilities. In this role, Emma manages the employee schedule for over 100 of her peers to manage the schedule for 3 facilities. Her supervisor says, “She brings a calm, knowledgeable, friendly presence to the facilities any time she is around. She is a mentor to not only our newer staff, but our growing leaders within our facilities. Her mentorship is the largest contribution she makes to the extraordinary student experience. […] Not only is she a leader on shift and within her roles on staff, she builds long lasting relationships that extend outside of work. She does a phenomenal job involving all staff, creating an inclusive environment, and making sure our facilities are run as safely and successfully as possible.”  

Mia Cai Cariello 

Mia is a Womens, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major from Bexley, Ohio. Mia and is being recognized for her work as a student associate within the Student Life Multicultural Center, focusing specifically on Women’s Student Initiatives. In her role, Mia works to foster a community of women focused on equity and inclusion. She has developed 3 new workshops in her role, including “Exploring the Complexities of the term Women of Color” and “How Women Support Women,” and coordinates programs for three cohorts of women students. Her supervisor says that, while Mia may look to them for mentorship, “I look to her for her wisdom and perspective on social justice issues. She is a force to be reckoned with and she inspires me with her unwavering ability to make social change happen. She is a true leader and succeeds in making a positive impact on everyone she interacts with.”  

Nathan Mohar 

A Molecular Genetics major from Germantown, Wisconsin, Nathan is being honored for his work as a Student Facility Coordinator within the RPAC. One particular impact Nathan has made is through his work with the New Manager training curriculum, which resulted in overall staff knowledge, as well as belief in their own leadership skills. His supervisor says, “He has always had a strong work ethic, but what he has really been able to improve upon is his ability to lead a staff. If something ever needed done Nathan would be the first to make it happen. […] He has been able to create a wonderful team dynamic, and put others in situations where they will be challenged, but still grow and learn. […] Nathan has created a positive culture where people can enjoy coming into work and being together, all while being extremely productive.”  

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Outstanding Student Life Supervisor

Student Life staff who supervise students use employment as a means to teach leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving. Sponored by Student Life Human Resources, this award recognizes these supervisors have gone above and beyond in their efforts to use campus employment as a means to develop student leadership.

Charity Martin-King 

Charity serves as the Director of Student Life Social Change. She is being recognized for her work supervising the team of Social Change ambassadors who provide direct service, administer curriculum, and recruit hundreds of volunteers for programs in the Columbus Community that focuses specially on individuals, families, and communities, facing poverty. Her nominator says that Charity has helped them personally develop leadership skills that will stick with them for the rest of their life, namely decisions, community and integrity. They say “Charity’s ability to look outside herself when looking for solutions and ask people who are from different ages, backgrounds, creeds, regions, and social classes than her for solutions on issues has really inspired the way that I think about the world around me and has taught me a lot about the manner in which I solve issues currently.”  

Madison Eagle 

Madison is an Intercultural Specialist in the Student Life Multicultural Center who manages Women Student Initiatives. Madison is being recognized for her supervisory support of student employees within the Multicultural Center. Her nominator says that Madison helped them cultivate the leadership skills of fearlessness, transparency, and self-awareness. Her nominator says that one of the most important lessons Madison has taught them is “that my voice matters and it is valid. In addition to this, she has taught me that it is essential that I never undervalue myself and use my voice whenever I have the opportunity. […] Madison’s support and leadership mean the world to me because it has allowed me to feel empowered in my personal, professional, and academic endeavors.”  

Winston Branch 

The Hall Director for Blackburn and Haverfield, Winston, is being recognized for his extraordinary supervision of his Resident Advisor team. His nominator says that Winston is a constant source of support and a resource, invested in his team’s life outside of work. His leadership during the challenges associated with COVID-19 make him exceptional.  His nominator says that Winston leads by example to teach flexibility and time management, as well as how to deliver and receive feedback. His nominator goes on to say that “one thing Winston has given me is to be mindful […] I have gained a more inclusive mindset that I will carry with me into future jobs and will remember for the rest of my life.”  

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Diversity Engagement Awards

Sponsored by the Student Life Multicultural Center, this award is presented to students that have demonstrated a significant commitment to fostering intercultural impact as part of ongoing efforts to create a globally engaged citizenry among students at The Ohio State University. The award recognizes efforts put forth by students to encourage a deeper understanding of diversity and social justice and create intercultural understanding.

Anjali Tewari 

 Anjali is a third year in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department from Powell, Ohio. As a woman of color in engineering, Anjali has taken the initiative from her the beginning of her OSU career to immerse herself in activities and roles to support others and create a deeper understanding of diversity and social justice. She has promoted social justice efforts in her Engineering involvements, including the Undergraduate Women in ChemE committee, the Women in Operations group, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. She also built on an opportunity during her co-op to connect the 5 different sites of the Women in Operations group, bringing together roughly 65 people from multiple sites in the surrounding area and city for a panel on women empowerment, advocacy, support, and what it’s like to be a woman in operations/industry. Anjali is deeply committed to creating a more inclusive environment for women and people of color in the Engineering field.

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Edward S. “Beanie” Drake Scholarship Award

The Edward S. “Beanie” Drake Student Leader Endowment Fund is an annual scholarship that provides funds to enable deserving student leaders to participate in campus activities when financial need might otherwise make it impossible for them to do so. The “Beanie” Board of Directors is made solely of current students that solicit these funds from other students and student organizations, making this unique scholarship directly from students for students.               

These winners have not yet been decided but will be posted once winners have been selected

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Student Organization: Individual Contribution Awards

This award, also sponsored by the Student Employee Experience, recognizes those students, faculty, and staff who have made extraordinary contributions to a student organization through their involvement, leadership, and dedication to the organization and its mission. Recognizing that organizational success requires individual contribution in a variety of formats and at all levels, this award is presented in four different categories:

Outstanding Advisor

Madison Eagle 

Madison is the Women Student Initiatives Intercultural Specialist in the Student Life Multicultural Center. Serving as the advisor for Take Back the Night at Ohio State, Madison Eagle demonstrates how to effectively advise a student organization. One way she does this is by challenging and supporting the organization’s president and members. Madison also creates chances for the members of Take Back the Night at Ohio State to engage with campus partners and professional development opportunities. Madison remains committed to diversity and inclusion efforts within the student org she advises. Her work with Take Back the Night at Ohio State provides support to survivors of sexual violence at OSU and in Franklin County. She supports Take Back the Night achieve their mission of ending sexual, relationship, and domestic violence in all of its forms. 

Mary Sterenberg 

Mary is a professor in the Communications department at OSU and serves as the advisor for the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at Ohio State. PRSSA bridges the gap between public relations professionals and Ohio State students interested in public relations by providing hands-on experience and practical working knowledge of the field. According to her students, Mary is accessible and approachable to the organization and has gone out of her way to provide professional development opportunities for the group. Mary’s professional connections also help influence her student’s careers and allow them to gain valuable access to the field of PR. Mary also provides her students with weekly internship opportunities to further excel her student’s chances of earning a job. Her work as an advisor to PRSSA showcases how successful an organization can be with an advisor dedicated to the success of their students. 

Olga Stavridis 

Olga Stavridis is the current Assistant Director of the Women in Engineering (WiE) Program. She currently advises the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and supports SWE in its mission to empower female engineering students to achieve their full potential while in college and prepare them for their careers post-graduation. Olga is constantly looking to improve the experience of her members. She does this by providing resources to and creating connections to campus and community partners for the members of SWE. Even small items, such as learning every student’s name and greeting them at the start of the officer meetings, Olga remains committed to ensuring her student’s experience is worthwhile.  

Outstanding New Member

Amanda Belmar 

Amanda Belmar is a Public Affairs and Psychology double major from East Brunswick, New Jersey and has excelled as her role as the Deputy Director in the Governmental Relations committee in USG. Always committed to building meaningful relationships and listening to the needs of others, Amanda works hard to rise above and beyond the standards set previously for her position. In less than three months in her position, Amanda created a Voter’s Guide for students voting in Franklin County for the 2020 general election. She also recruited members for her project from across our executive branch and inspired them to expand civic engagement on our campus through research of local, state, and federal political campaigns. For the future, Amanda is the kind of leader who will uplift those around her into being more authentic and service oriented with their leadership. 

Ayanda Scoburgh 

Ayanda Scoburgh is an Industrial & Systems Engineering major from Mason, Ohio. As an active member of the Society of Women Engineers, she has sought out leadership development opportunities and advocated for growth at every possible opportunity. She attends general body, professional development, Big-Little, and social events, and has a meaningful presence in all she does. As a first-year student, Ayanda has exceeded all expectations of new members through her involvement, both in and out of SWE, and her efforts to build professional and leadership skills do not go unnoticed. She also attended SWE’s Strategic Planning meeting where we determined our goals and plans for the upcoming semester, and the officers that worked with her gave incredible feedback regarding her ideas and recommendations for improving the organization.  

Sarah Bon 

A Biology major from Northfield, Ohio, Sarah is being recognized for her work with Ohio Staters, Inc. Serving as a project co-char for the annual Ohio Staters event, “Omens on the Oval,” which led historical ghost tours of the Oval, Sarah remains an engaged and encouraging member of the organization. Along with being a part of Stater projects, Sarah is also a member of the Ohio Staters recruitment committee. Through this, she is able to connect to prospective members of the organization and be the first person those people get to meet when they attend involvement fairs of info-sessions. Her love for this organization and its activities is apparent and valued by each member of the group. We are excited to see what she does next.  

Outstanding General Member

Jess Steine 

Jess is a Materials Science & Engineering major from Strongsville, Ohio. She is being recognized for her work with the Ohio State Society of Women Engineers. Embodying the mission and values of SWE, Jess leads by example and is a model general member of an organization. Jess engages with her organization and promotes women in engineering by providing support to all members. Jess’s active voice and engagement with the organization brings joy to others and encourages participation from other members. Passionate about SWE’s STEM Outreach Program, Jess is able to connect with others in the greater Columbus community to foster a love for the STEM field in younger students.  

Lulu Montes Bribiesca 

Passionate and engaging, Lulu is thriving as a member of the Undergraduate Student Government. A Social Work major from Akron, OH, Lulu utilizes her critical lenses to help USG take a closer look at the experience of a student at Ohio State. In her first year, Lulu helped create the LGBTQ+ Campus Climate survey with the other member of her subcommittee. Afterwards, she generated a 56-page report out of the survey detailing the experience of students from LGBTQ+ community at Ohio State. The report data helped the creation for the advocacy of forming university-level committees for LGBTQ+ initiatives, creating learning community programs, and establishing a LGBTQ+ Center on campus. Lulu shows her passion for social justice and supporting students throughout her work.  

Emily Needham 

Emily is a History and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics double major from Concord Township, Ohio. Serving on the Academic Affairs Committee in the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), Emily embodies the values of USG. Her exemplary work supporting students and ensuring their voices are heard positively impacts her Ohio State community. Emily developed a survey to allow students to give input on the alternative grading procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with her impact on campus through the alternative grading system project, Emily has worked tirelessly to implement an extra reading day for all future autumn semesters. This project was led by Emily through her research, she was able to show the positive impact an extra reading day would have on students' mental health.  

Outstanding Positional Leader

Destiny Brown 

A fierce advocate for racial justice and equity on campus, in Columbus, and in her hometown, Destiny is a Political Science major from Indianapolis. Destiny has been extremely involved on campus, primarily through the Morrill Scholars Program, Undergraduate Student Government, and as an ambassador with Student Life Social Change. Destiny has taken the lessons about equity and leadership she learned through MSP and brought them into her work with the Department of Social Change. She has served as a community organizer both in Columbus and in Indianapolis, planning demonstrations for racial equity. She has also played an integral role in leading the protest that resulted in forming the Black Caucus in the Undergraduate Student Government and has continued to further issues of equity through her role as the Director of Government Relations this year. Through all of her leadership, she centers holistic wellness and self-advocacy for herself and for those she is supporting and serving. After graduation, Destiny will be moving to New Orleans to teach Social Studies and English Language Arts with high school students with the ultimate goal of pursued education and social policy while obtaining a law degree.  

George Oshiotse 

A Neuroscience major from Milford, Ohio, George Oshiotse founded the Power in Neuroscience organization in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. George not only founded the organization, but also took up the responsibilities of the Chief of Design, VP of External Operations, and Chief of Community Survey. With George’s help, PIN created an overwhelmingly impactful event for over 100 students from low-income school districts (with results like 92%+ increase in interest in neuroscience) and produced more than 100 competition questions that can be used to support others in growing competitive neuroscience opportunities in international locations with little to no access of them. He also developed the systems in use for the organization including a thorough application process, controlling distributions of surveys, guidelines on meeting and discussing with community stakeholders/partners, and many foundational tasks. Overall, George has gone above and beyond for this new organization. 

Kayla Seppelt 

Kayla, an Industrial & Systems Engineering major from Mason, Ohio, is a leader that inspires and engages members while also being fearless when planning events that must overcome uncontrollable circumstances. Despite the setbacks she faced while serving as the Conference Director and Coordinator of The Society of Women Engineers, Kayla went above and beyond creating an impactful Conference experience for the members of SWE. Kayla increased the number of OSU SWE members that registered for conferences from 30 to 77. Additionally, 44% of those that registered were first time conference attendees when typically, we are only 20% are new members. Since the group was no longer able to travel to New Orleans, Kayla brought New Orleans to Columbus with care packages for all registered members and personal notes. Thanks to Kayla’s efforts, SWE now has members that are excited about SWE and conference trips and have members excited to step into her role in the future.  

Maddie Carson 

An Industrial & Systems Engineering major from Westerville, Ohio, Maddie’s role in Undergraduate Student Government is to connect the voice of all undergraduate students to University Senate and Ohio State’s shared governance structure. With this role, Maddie oversees 26 undergraduate University Senators, up to 100 members involved in different university-level and University Senate Committees and directs a team of 5 Vice Chairs to help carry out her role. Despite virtual committee meetings and Senate votes, Maddie has been essential to bringing 3 different resolutions to Senate: Pass/No Pass in Autumn 2020, Emergency Grading in Spring 2021, and a resolution calling for operational changes in the creation of the Combined Heat and Power Plant. Maddie’s dedication to USG’s mission and purpose is evident in her position and in her work.  

Zhenjie Weng 

Zhenjie is a Foreign, Second, and Multilingual Language Education major form Zhejiang, China. Zhenjie planned and facilitated all monthly meetings for Foreign Language Research and Teaching (FLRT), preparing organized and thoughtful meeting agendas well-ahead of time. Moreover, she took leadership in proposing the program, conferences, workshops and other events with great attention to detail and consideration of members' interests and needs. FLRT endeavors to provide opportunities for academic and professional development, creating options for professional enhancement such as discussions, presentations, workshops, and symposiums. Zhenjie has gone above and beyond to provide a platform for graduate students and faculty to present and discuss their research interests and current research projects, which has been especially crucial during this pandemic season when collaboration and community is hard to find and challenging to develop. Zhenjie has faithfully served as the FLRT president, expanded its community, and greatly enhanced the opportunities for growth that the organization provides. 

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Spirit of Ohio State Award

The Spirit of Ohio State Award recognizes students and student organizations that strongly represent the values, traditions, and spirit of Ohio State through their engagement in and commitment to the campus community.

Anjali Tewari 

Anjali is a third year studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Powell, Ohio whose work at OSU has directly aligned with the university's mission of educating students through a comprehensive, diverse array of distinguished academic programs. Within the College of Engineering, Anjali has promoted and facilitated social justice dialogue between students, staff, and faculty and featured guest speakers who are leading women of color in STEM. Anjali has also developed and disseminated professional development programs to educate and prepare students for their career choices. As the former head of all professional development events for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) student chapter at OSU, Anjali has mentored both under and upperclassmen in professional development, public speaking, and writing. Outside of Engineering, Anjali has also organized REACH training events to support mental health advocacy, co-organized “coffee with a prof” events, and prepared resource flyers distributed via email/flyers to serve students across the university as a whole. Anjali will continue modeling the way as a Buckeye over the course of her career at OSU and beyond.  

Oseremhen Arheghan 

Ose, a Political Science and Chinese major from Shaker Heights, OH meets and exceeds OSU’s values of access, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration. Ose has demonstrated these values by identifying places within the Undergraduate Student Government that did not accurately represent or serve students of minoritized identities. As a first-year student, they were admitted to the Undergraduate Student Government’s General Assembly as an LGBTQ+ Emissary. In this role, Ose sought to highlight the experience of trans students that the General Assembly had failed to accurately represent in the past. Ose went on in their sophomore year to serve as an On-Campus Senator and expanded their role within the General Assembly by serving as the Diversity and Inclusion Legislative Coordinator, where they directed a committee of members to uphold standards of inclusion and equity within resolutions, wrote and cosponsored various pieces of legislation within the General Assembly to promote inclusion, and helped create the Black Caucus. It is in the true Buckeye Spirit that Ose pushed for adequate representation of Black Students within the Undergraduate Student Government and within the University as a whole, and we anticipate this to be a consistent mission for them in the future.  

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Spirit of Ohio State Award

The Spirit of Ohio State Award recognizes students and student organizations that strongly represent the values, traditions, and spirit of Ohio State through their engagement in and commitment to the campus community.

Anjali Tewari 

Anjali is a third year studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Powell, Ohio whose work at OSU has directly aligned with the university's mission of educating students through a comprehensive, diverse array of distinguished academic programs. Within the College of Engineering, Anjali has promoted and facilitated social justice dialogue between students, staff, and faculty and featured guest speakers who are leading women of color in STEM. Anjali has also developed and disseminated professional development programs to educate and prepare students for their career choices. As the former head of all professional development events for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) student chapter at OSU, Anjali has mentored both under and upperclassmen in professional development, public speaking, and writing. Outside of Engineering, Anjali has also organized REACH training events to support mental health advocacy, co-organized “coffee with a prof” events, and prepared resource flyers distributed via email/flyers to serve students across the university as a whole. Anjali will continue modeling the way as a Buckeye over the course of her career at OSU and beyond.  

Oseremhen Arheghan 

Ose, a Political Science and Chinese major from Shaker Heights, OH meets and exceeds OSU’s values of access, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration. Ose has demonstrated these values by identifying places within the Undergraduate Student Government that did not accurately represent or serve students of minoritized identities. As a first-year student, they were admitted to the Undergraduate Student Government’s General Assembly as an LGBTQ+ Emissary. In this role, Ose sought to highlight the experience of trans students that the General Assembly had failed to accurately represent in the past. Ose went on in their sophomore year to serve as an On-Campus Senator and expanded their role within the General Assembly by serving as the Diversity and Inclusion Legislative Coordinator, where they directed a committee of members to uphold standards of inclusion and equity within resolutions, wrote and cosponsored various pieces of legislation within the General Assembly to promote inclusion, and helped create the Black Caucus. It is in the true Buckeye Spirit that Ose pushed for adequate representation of Black Students within the Undergraduate Student Government and within the University as a whole, and we anticipate this to be a consistent mission for them in the future.  

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Outstanding Senior Award

The final award we will recognize is the Outstanding Senior Award. Each spring, The Ohio State University recognizes seniors who have made significant contributions to the University and community. To receive this recognition, students must have demonstrated exemplary scholarship, leadership and service over the course of their college careers. More than a grade point average, scholarship includes contributing to the academic life of the University. Leadership may be a concentrated effort to make a difference in one facet of the University, or through responsibilities in more than one organization. Service involves working in partnership with communities to make positive social change. This award is given to less than 1% of Ohio State’s graduating seniors.

Noor Alshafie 

A double major in Public Management, Leadership, and Policy and International Students from Dublin, Ohio, Noor has made an impact during her time at OSU through her involvement in BuckeyeThon and Buckeye Leadership Fellows. As the Executive Vice President of BuckeyeThon during the COVID-19 pandemic, she played an integral role in BuckeyeThon’s innovations during 2020 that ultimately resulted in raising $2.2million for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. After a transformative experience with the Washington Academic Internship Program, Noor added a second degree in Public Management, Leadership and Policy in order to continue the nonprofit work she was already pursuing through her work with BuckeyeThon and her WAIP internship. After graduation, Noor plans to return to Washington to jump back into the public sector. 

Isaiah Bloom 

Isaiah is a biology major from Diamond, Ohio who has been extremely involved during his time at Ohio State, most notably through his work with Buck-I-SERV Alternative Breaks. After applying for a Buck-I-SERV trip his first Winter break, he fell in love with impact that direct service and social justice education that Buck-I-SERV offers. He has gone on to be a trip leader and serve two years on the Buck-I-SERV Board, helping plan and execute trips for others. Outside of Buck-I-SERV, Isaiah has been involved in undergraduate research, the Outdoor Adventure Center, and founded a student organization: Buckeyes 4 Youth Health, which focuses on nutrition, fitness, and mental health, and fun for under-resourced youth in the Columbus Area and has stayed active through the pandemic. After graduation, Isaiah plans to continue practicing active citizenship while pursuing a career in the medical field. 

Destiny Brown 

A fierce advocate for racial justice and equity on campus, in Columbus, and in her hometown, Destiny is a Political Science major from Indianapolis. Destiny has been extremely involved on campus, primarily through the Morrill Scholars Program, Undergraduate Student Government, and as an ambassador with Student Life Social Change. Destiny has taken the lessons about equity and leadership she learned through MSP and brought them into her work with the Department of Social Change. She has served as a community organizer in both Columbus and Indianapolis, planning demonstrations for racial equity. She has also played an integral role in leading the protest that resulted in forming the Black Caucus in the Undergraduate Student Government and has continued to further issues of equity through her role as the Director of Government Relations this year. Through all of her leadership, Destiny centers holistic wellness and self-advocacy for herself and for those she is supporting and serving. After graduation, Destiny will be moving to New Orleans to teach Social Studies and English Language Arts with high school students, with the ultimate goal of pursuing education and social policy while obtaining a law degree. 

Annika Diaz 

Annika is an Animal Sciences major with a specialization in Bioscience from Upland California. Annika is focused on tackling underrepresentation in the STEM field. As a leadership team member for the Animal Sciences Community Alliance, she has not only mentored many peers but has used her role to advocate for increased structural diversity and inclusion efforts. She has also been active in STEM education outreaching at a local elementary school in Columbus, for which she found such a passion that she founded a student organization – Scientific Thinkers at Ohio State – to further create access for STEM outreach in other Columbus elementary schools. After graduation, Annika plans to pursue graduate studies in molecular virology, focusing on better understanding the pathogenesis of emerging zoonotic viral diseases. Her ultimate goal in pursuing graduate training is to improve the prevention and treatment methods available for humans and animals to advance global public health. 

Ben Duwve 

A Political Science and Public Policy Analysis double major from Perrysburg, Ohio, Ben has spent significant portions of his OSU career involved with USG and the 2020 Homecoming Court. Ben has helped shape the OSU community by serving on the search committees for both the University President and student member of the Board of Trustees, and by keeping an equity and justice lens through all of his work in USG. He has also pursued a variety of community service opportunities, primarily through his work with the John Glenn Civic Leadership Community. Following graduation from Ohio State this spring, Ben will attend law school and hopes to work in government or for a public-service minded law firm. Ultimately, he wants to use his public policy background and legal education to advocate for underrepresented communities and change government policy that negatively affects them. 

Raychel Edelsberg 

Raychel came to OSU from Parkland Florida and has studied Social Work with a focus on Substance Abuse and Addiction and Child Abuse and Neglect. Raychel has been very involved with College Mentors for Kids and served as a Sesquicentennial Scholar. Her involvement with College Mentors for Kids, where she has served as Vice President for Activity Planning, has played a pivotal role in helping Raychel identify her passion for social work. As an honors student in Social Work, Raychel used her Honors Project to develop Fostering Education, a tutoring program for children in kinship care at Franklin County Children’s Services to be launched soon. After graduation, Raychel will be continuing her Buckeye career and attending the College of Social Work Master’s of Social Work Advanced Standing Program. After getting her graduate degree, Raychel hopes to work within the child welfare system to specialize in child abuse cases. 

Makenzie Fennig 

A Sport Industry major from Celina, Ohio, Makenzie has worked hard to find the right major and career trajectory that fits her skills and passions. She has been very involved in the Panhellenic Association, serving as a Recruitment Guide and then as President. As Panhellenic Association President, Kenzie worked hard to lead the panhellenic community through navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, while also making necessary educational changes in response to the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 and calls for racial justice. Kenzie has also worked in the RPAC all four years of her time at OSU, ultimately taking on manager roles and building a mentorship program, increasing structural diversity through hiring practices, and writing the tour script to be accessible. The lessons Makenzie learned through her involvement have solidified her plans to pursue law school after graduation. 

Megan Fisher 

Megan is a Social Work major from Cridersville Ohio studying on the Lima campus who has spent her time getting involved in the Each One Teaches One Mentorship Program, Social Work Club, and her Social Work field placement at the Lima Pallet Company. One of Megan’s proudest accomplishments was the Second Chance Adopt a Family Drive that she planned for the Social Work Club, which connected the Lima campus to the broader community to adopt 37 families through donations from individuals and community businesses. She was the first student placed at the Lima Pallet Company, an experience through which she was able to explore the correlation between poverty, crime, substance abuse, homelessness and employment. She was able to engage with community stakeholders and CEOs to begin the discussion of addressing poverty in Lima, OH. Megan is pursuing a Master’s in Social Work after graduation and is continuing to develop her skills in community engagement and planning through a role with the Lima Young Professionals. 

Lidia Garcia Berrelleza 

A Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies and Public Affairs major from Columbus, Lidia has been very involved in supporting and advocating for the undocumented student community at OSU. After being featured in a Lantern article about DACA during her first year, Lidia has been very involved in connecting with the undocumented community, ultimately founding the Student Community of Progressive Empowerment. Lidia co-founded SCOPE, a winner of Outstanding Overall Student Organization this year, and has served as the organization president while advocating for the needs of DACA recipients. Lidia has also worked with President Johnson and Provost McPheron to develop the Undocumented Support Team to create more inclusive and safe environments for future undocumented Buckeyes. After graduation, Lidia wants to develop policy that impacts the Latinx and undocumented populations in the US. 

Samina Hejeebu 

Samina, a Fashion and Retail Studies major from Columbus, has poured herself in the Ohio Union Activities Board for her four years at Ohio State, ultimately serving as the Director of Lectures and the President of OUAB. As OUAB President during the COVID-19 pandemic, Samina had to not only adapt her own leadership style, but support the organization as it quickly adapted to what providing exceptional programs looks like during a pandemic. At a time where many Buckeyes are feeling disconnected or isolated, Samina worked hard to get the board to plan programs that are not only entertaining and educational, but where students can leave with new friends. Samina has also cultivated her leadership skills through her time in the Fisher Honor’s cohort and Alpha Gamma Delta. Samina is very excited to be moving to New York City to work as an Assistant Buyer for Ross Stores Inc. after graduation, a dream which she said she never would have discovered if not for Ohio State. 

Roaya Higazi  

As the first Black Muslim woman to serve as USG President, Roaya has focused on making Ohio State a more equitable place for all Buckeyes. Roaya is a City and Regional Planning major from Pickerington Ohio. She began cultivating a focus on leadership and equity through her experience with the Morrill Scholars Program. She has taken those lessons into her presidency, leading the undergraduate student body through the pandemic. Roaya’s campaign ran on the “Power of Students.” She has worked hard to promote student strength and well-being through an unimaginable year by promoting policies like Pass/No Pass flexibility and RECESS Week to help prevent student burnout. She has also served as a Peer Leader for First Year Experience, welcoming new Buckeyes to OSU. After graduation, Roaya plans to live, study, and teach abroad, hopefully in Malaysia, and then pursue a degree in law to work as a housing justice advocate who works to diminish laws and policies that perpetuate housing discrimination. 

Praneethkumar Madhu 

A double major in Neuroscience and Mathematics from India by way of Dublin, Ohio, Praneeth has made the most of his time at OSU. Praneeth has been extremely involved with Hindu Youth for Unity, Virtues, and Action, which strives to foster community for students of all backgrounds looking learn about the values and lessons Hinduism teaches. Under Praneeth’s leadership, the organization has grown quickly, hosting events with 100s in attendance. He has partnered with Sewa International to launch a tutoring program serving the Bhutanese refugee population in Columbus. Praneeth has also been involved as an RA, a TA, and with undergraduate research exploring Alzheimer’s Disease, pancreatic cancer, and other research projects. After graduation, Praneeth will be taking a gap year and then will be attending medical school in the Fall of 2022. Congrats, Praneeth! 

Hannah Ong 

Hannah is a Pharmaceutical Sciences major from Worthington, Ohio who has served as the Logistics Director for TEDxOhioStateUniversity for the last two years. While tackling this challenging role, Hannah was also founding the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) chapter at OSU, where she led a new organization and motivated them around the mission of promoting culturally sensitive care for the APIDA community. Hannah has also served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Asian Free Clinic, which she has been volunteering with since High School. After graduation, Hannah is planning to pursue a medical career, where she hopes integrate accessible education, culturally competent advocacy, and evidence-based research to provide optimal care for patients, future students, and her community and eventually return to the Asian Free Clinic as a physician. 

Elizabeth Painter 

A campus change student who started her career at the Mansfield campus, Elizabeth has been deeply involved since arriving in Columbus, primarily with USG and the Student Leadership Advocates. Elizabeth has pulled from her campus change experience and worked hard to make sure regional campus and campus change students are having their needs considered the same as traditional Columbus campus undergraduates. As a USG member and member of OSU Votes, Elizabeth has also been involved in promoting voter registration and civic engagement though programs like Reg in the Res. She was also involved in USG’s DC Advocacy Trip in 2019, and served as part of a 12 student delegation advocated for non-partisan policies that impact college students. A Political Science major from Broadview Heights Ohio, Elizabeth is planning to attend grad school and ultimately work in Washington DC in the National Security and Intelligence field and gaining specialty in predicting geopolitical movement in the United Kingdom and Ireland. 

Ishan Patel 

Ishan is a Physics major hailing from Dublin, Ohio. Ishan has spent his time at Ohio State diving into BuckeyeThon and the Buckeye Leadership Fellows, as well as undergraduate research. Ishan has spent all four years involved in BuckeyeThon, ultimately becoming the Executive Vice President and then President and helping raise $5.5 million for Nationwide Children’s Hospital over four years. He has also been deeply involved with the Buckeye Leadership Fellows, where he has grown as a leader and scholar while learning the value of cultivating personal relationships. After graduation, Ishan is taking a gap year to work as a medical scribe while continuing his research at Ohio State. After his gap year, Ishan plans to attend medical school and is looking to pursue an M.D./M.B.A. to practice medicine, while also serving as a leader in healthcare and hopefully paying it forward by teaching future medical students. 

Mitch Radakovich 

A Data Analytics major from Cincinatti, Mitch has gotten involved with Ohio Staters, Inc. and the Big Data Analytics Association. Over his two years in Staters, he has chaired two projects he is particularly proud of: Buckeye Ballots, which focused on voter access in residence halls on campus, and Omens of the Oval, a historical ghost tour of the Oval. Mitch has pursued academic courses in Data Analytics, History, and Urban Planning to combine his passions and leverage the power of technology to apply towards our society’s problems. He got to bring this passion to life by serving as the data analyst on the team replacing OSU Safe Ride with the Lyft partnership. After graduation, Mitch has accepted a job at Procter and Gamble where he will be utilizing many of these same Data Science skills on their transportation systems. 

Rashmi Rege 

Rashmi is a Mason Ohio native who has studied Neuroscience and Spanish at Ohio State and has been deeply involved in global non-profit work. Rashmi founded Snehalaya at the Ohio State University which partners with Snehalaya India to provide relief to the country’s most marginalized groups, including victims of trafficking, poverty, rape, and HIV/AIDS. Rashmi has also served as the Campaigns Coordinator for GlobeMed, where she raised funds for an organization that supports the education of girls in Rwanda while raising awareness of inequities in healthcare and justice around the world. Rashmi has also been involved in welcoming Buckeyes into the Neuroscience program at OSU as a Neuroscience ambassador. After graduation, Rashmi will be attending medical school, during which she plans to serve as a bilingual volunteer at the Upstate Community Free Clinic. 

Sophia Ruttenberg 

A Public Management Leadership and Policy major with a Specialization in Urban Planning from Cleveland, Sophie has been deeply involved with Hilel, BuckeyeThon, USG, and the Fisher Real Estate Society. Sophie has been very committed to BuckeyeThon, eventually serving as a Team Captain in 2020 and personally fundraising $4,000 to eliminate pediatric cancer. She has also been involved with the Undergraduate Student Government. After a setback following her run for USG president, Sophie redoubled her commitment to the organization and reached out to the winning campaign, ultimately being named Director of Operations for this last year. In this role, she has fostered a positive culture within USG and led membership programming and recruitment. After graduation, Sophie will be moving out to Los Angeles to work as a commercial real estate broker, at Matthews Real Estate Investment Services.  

Taylor Schwein 

Taylor is a Nursing student from Ontario, Ohio who has been deeply involved in BuckeyeThon during her four years at OSU. As the Vice President of Strategic Engagement, she supported the Family Relations, Youth Philanthropy, and Community Outreach and Engagement committees as they innovated to create a successful experience despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Taylor has also been very involved with the MINDSTRONG cognitive behavioral therapy program in the College of Nursing, being selected as the first undergraduate student to conduct therapy with her peers. Her experience with MINDSTRONG not only impacted her own wellbeing but put her on a trajectory to becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner after graduating from OSU as well. Taylor hopes to continue the work supporting wellness For the Kids that she has fostered in BuckeyeThon. 

Anand Shah 

While Anand has been involved across campus, he credits his two years as the student representative on the Board of Trustees as the experience that has shaped him in the person and leader he is today. Anand, a Biomedical Science major from Centerville, Ohio, has also been deeply involved in organizations supporting child wellbeing. As the president and co-founder of SmileChild, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to decreasing the infant mortality rate in Ohio, he has gotten to develop initiatives to educate parents of premature infants, including an iOS application that has been included in 2 IRB studies. Anand has also worked For the Kids as the Vice President of Membership for BuckeyeThon, fostering the member experience through the COVID-19 pandemic. Anand’s experiences at OSU have helped him shift his post-graduation plans towards healthcare consulting to understand the healthcare system and try to shape it in a more sustainable and equitable place while staying involved with SmileChild.  

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