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Symposium inspires discussion on global challenges and international research

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.

"The symposium was an important opportunity to recognize the diverse and wide-reaching international research being accomplished here at Ohio State. This event is just a small indication of Ohio State's internationalization efforts, and the impact they are making around the world," said Kelechi Kalu, associate provost for global strategies and international affairs.

Panel presentations were divided into four topic areas involving global health, social justice, water across the planet and social actors in changing environments – areas that represent important global challenges and match well with Ohio State's Discovery Themes. In addition to the four panel discussions, 19 researchers presented their projects in a poster session.

"The inaugural International Scholarship Symposium was a great event on two levels. First, it brought together in a single venue a broad array of researchers from across the university who are engaged in international research and scholarship, providing a more comprehensive view of the extent of Ohio State's international work than ever before. Equally importantly, it provided opportunities for connection and networking for participants and attendees, which could spark new collaborations for the future. I hope that this is just the first effort in what will become an annual event," said Janet Weisenberger, senior associate vice president for research.

The symposium was organized by the International Affairs Faculty Council, convened by Professors Nina Berman, Department of Comparative Studies and Wondwossen Gebreyes, College of Veterinary Medicine and supported by the Office of International Affairs.