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Students and staff from the Fisher Honors Cohort Program were in Brazil December 14 - 23. The program consists of an eclectic, tight knit group of 30 highly motivated, hand-picked students who seek to leverage educational opportunities across the entire university. It spans from the autumn semester of a student's junior year and into the spring semester of their senior year.

Ty Shepfer, senior lecturer and director of the Honors Cohort Program, and Zach Grammel, program manager at the Office of Global Business, accompanied the students in their visits to Brazilian companies and nonprofits, events and activities. The programming in Brazil was organized by Shepfer and Grammel with support from their in-country travel agency and the Brazil Gateway team.

During their stay, the group visited the Brazil Gateway's new office in Moema. Jane K. Aparecido, Brazil Gateway's academic relations and alumni community manager, spoke about the office and the relationships and opportunities between Ohio State and institutions in Brazil. Andrea Costa, senior consultant at Visagio, one of Ohio State's main partners in Brazil, spoke about Visagio, its business and consulting strategy and its connection with Ohio State through programs such as GAP (Global Applied Projects), internships available for Fisher's MBA students and its seven-week program for Visagio's consultants at Fisher.

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The 12th Annual International Scholar Research Exposition was held on November 17. Current international J-1 visiting scholars to The Ohio State University were invited to submit research summaries and from those, 37 finalists were asked to create research posters for display.

Patricia Alves De Castro Silva, post-doctoral in the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Ribeirão Preto at the University of São Paulo (FCFRP-USP), doing research in plant pathology with Professor Thomas K. Mitchell presented about the functional characterization of the bZIP ZipD transcription factor from Aspergillus fumigatus.

“The International Scholar Research Exposition, which has been held since 2006, brings together works of researchers from different countries, in different areas, and graces the scholar visitors with a beautiful and warm ceremony to exhibit their research,” said Alves De Castro Silva. “It's amazing how Ohio State cares about its visitors and recognizes their work, trying to promote cross-cultural interactions and experiences, aiming to gather all visitors to the Ohio State community in many different ways.”

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Pires is an Ohio State engineering undergraduate student who participated at The University of São Paulo's International Symposium of Undergraduate Research (SIICUSP).

This year, SIICUSP celebrated its 25th year. This two-day conference brings people from all over Brazil to a single place. Yet, not only Brazilians participate. Three other universities from out of Brazil were included: Ohio State, Rutgers University (New Jersey) and Humbolt University of Berlin (Berlin-Germany). These three universities have partnerships and collaborations with University of São Paulo. Also, this year, I was one of the Ohio State students selected to present my research at SIICUSP.

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