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A celebration for international students graduating this semester will occur on Friday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m. in the Cartoon Room at the Ohio Union. All international students, along with their family and friends, are invited to attend and be recognized for their tremendous accomplishment.

Graduating students will be introduced at the reception and given the opportunity to share their accomplishments and their future plans after graduation. A photographer from the Office of International Affairs will be taking pictures, but guests are welcome to bring their own camera as well. Graduates are also encouraged to bring their country’s flag to the reception. You can view slideshows of previous graduation receptions here.

If you are able to attend the reception, please register and let us know the number of guests you plan to bring to the event.

Jill Bystydzienski, professor and chair in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Grant. Bystydzienski will be affiliated with the Robert B. Zajonc Institute for Social Studies and Center of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Warsaw in Poland, where she will research “Organized response to status of women in STEM in Poland” during autumn 2015.


The Office of International Affairs will host the second annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza for students on Saturday, April 4 at Oxley Hall.

The event will include two eggs hunts, delicious pancakes and many more exciting treats and prizes. The first egg hunt will be for scholars and their families at 12 p.m., followed by an egg hunt for students at 1:30 p.m. Both egg hunts will take place in and around Oxley Hall.

Student Egg Hunt at 12 p.m.
Students should register online before Wednesday, April 1. All students can attend the event for free.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Ryan Radebaugh.

Nicole O’Brien, associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine - Pediatrics, is the recipient of a Fulbright Africa Regional Research Program award. O’Brien will be affiliated with the Kinshasa School of Public Health in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she will work on her research titled, “The epidemiology of acute neurologic illness and injury in children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” She will be abroad for her research from September - October in 2015 and 2016.


Fulbright Week 2015The Office of International Affairs, the Graduate School and the Undergraduate Fellowship Office have combined their efforts to plan a week full of events acknowledging past Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays recipients; hosting workshops, information sessions and open houses; and informing faculty, undergraduate and graduate students about the opportunities available through the Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays programs. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to participate in any of the Fulbright Week sessions held during the week of April 13 - 17, 2015.


Ohio State will host a U.S. – Brazil international research conference April 30 – May 2 in an effort to foster collaboration and build connections that will advance biomedical science in both countries. The three-day workshop is jointly organized by seven universities from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) in the U.S. and CAPES, a foundation within the Ministry of Education in Brazil that coordinates activities to improve the quality of Brazil’s faculty and staff in higher education through grant programs.

The workshop, Non-Coding RNAs: A New Frontier in Biomedical Research, will bring together researchers from CIC universities and universities in Brazil to build a scholarly network among Brazilian and CIC faculty through which scholars explore topics of common research interest; facilitate collaborative research projects on chosen topics; and develop future research agendas.


The International Scholarship Symposium, an inaugural event that invited Ohio State faculty, students and scholars to share their international research projects and inspire global discussion, took place on Friday, February 27 in Page Hall at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs.

The symposium showcased important international research conducted by members of the Ohio State community. Faculty, staff, students and international scholars all joined together to learn more about the work accomplished by their colleagues on campus and around the world. More than 100 guests and presenters attended the event, including faculty and students from the Ohio State University at Newark, as well as the Agricultural Technical Institute and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio.


Join the Office of International Affairs for an adventure to Ohio's Amish Country in Holmes County on Saturday, March 28. The day-trip will include a tour of the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center, including a historical mural, a visit to a local basket-making family, a buggy ride from a local Amish driver, a trip to Heine’s Cheese and a homemade family-style meal.

All transportation and activities are free, but there will be opportunities for personal purchases.

 If you are interested, please visit 100 Oxley Hall to enter the lottery for a spot on the trip between Monday, March 9 and Friday, March 20. Students selected will be notified and asked to fill out a form and present a copy of their BuckID. Please contact Ryan Radebaugh with questions.

The Office of International Affairs will host the first International Student Photography Contest this month. International students will be able to submit their best photographs in two themed categories, and friends will be able to vote for the best photographs on Facebook.


Mažeika Sullivan, associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, is the recipient of a Distinguished Chair Fulbright Award. Sullivan will be affiliated with the National University of Colombia in Bogotá, where he will work on his research titled, “Biodiversity, food webs and sustainable rivers” from August-December 2015.