Workshop on Dec. 1 will help students find a summer internship

Although summer 2016 may seem distant, it’s not too early for OHIO students to start planning for learning experiences during the warmer months. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Ohio University will offer a workshop on finding and applying for summer internships, open to all Ohio University students.

Internship programs for disciplines ranging from journalism to biological sciences are already accepting applications from college students seeking hands-on learning opportunities that could help them prepare for graduate school and careers. The workshop, offered by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity, will guide students through the process of getting an internship that aligns with their interests.

The workshop will be offered from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Baker 239 and again from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Clippinger 332. Pizza will be provided at both workshops.


Crane Hollow hike proved rich for MSES students & Brownbag attendees

22811251055_429ec901d0_zOn Fri., Oct. 23, Ohio University Master of Science in Environmental Studies students and CE3 Brownbag attendees were among only approximately 100 explorers this year to visit Crane Hollow Nature Preserve, a biodiversity hotspot deep within Hocking County’s Laurel Township.

Crane Hollow encompasses more than 1,940 acres. Of those, 1,286 acres have been designated as a state nature preserve by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. The preserve includes almost 10,000 known species, some of which are unique to Crane Hollow.

“It’s like vising the iconic cliffs and rocks in Hocking Hills, but they’re totally undisturbed by humans,” Merri Collins, a first-year MSES student, said. “It’s incredible to have all the unique species at your fingertips. Being able to research biodiversity loss with Crane Hollow as a control group would be amazing.”

Student attendees visited with taxonomists who have been categorizing species there for the past 20 years. With diverse flora and fauna — including bobcats — thriving without human impact, the region makes for an ideal research setting. Collins said her favorite part was the colorful fungi on the undisturbed rocks.

“It has a rainforest feel because many species keep being discovered right here in Appalachia,” Collins said.

Bethany Bella, a sophomore working on a bachelor of specialized studies, agreed that the preserve’s disconnect from humanity was its main appeal.

“What a wonderful way to spend an early fall afternoon it was!” Bella said. “It’s a far cry from the swarms of visitors hiking through Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills.”

Bella’s Flikr album of photos from the hike can be found at

Ohio University students and faculty attend the Ohio Advanced Energy Economy Conference

A selection of Ohio University students from a variety of programs on campus and Associate Professor Derek Kauneckis, Campus Sustainability Specialist Elaine Goetz, and Upgrade Athens County Director Sarah Conley (MPA OU) attended the Ohio Advanced Energy Economy conference in Columbus. The conference focused on the future of the energy sector and included a morning keynote form Megan Ceronsky, White House Senior Policy Advisor on Climate Change; panels of state business and energy industry executives including Procter & Gamble, Kroger, Honda and Emerson, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Melink Corporation, and Go Sustainable Energy; and state Senator Ciff Hite and Representative Jack Cera on changes to Ohio’s energy future. Students were able to hear about emerging policy innovations, understand energy entrepreneurship, and network with the business, government and industry leaders developing the future of Ohio energy.


Dec. 1 event to showcase achievements of Undergraduate Research Scholars

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 2 – 3 p.m., the Voinovich School will host the Voinovich Scholar Showcase in The Ridges, Building 21, Leadership Room 105.

This event will highlight the accomplishments of three current Undergraduate Research Scholars. The Scholars will present about their research and project collaborations at the School.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Current Scholars are expected to attend this event as part of their weekly hours. Those Scholars with a class conflict who are unable to attend should notify Holly Craycraft at by sending their RSVP by Nov. 30. Anyone who would like to attend should also RSVP to Holly by Nov. 30.

Ohio Third Frontier offers paid internship program spring and summer 2016

otf_internship_ohio_unversity_nov_2015_11x17.pngOhio Third Frontier is relaunching its paid internship program to connect students, especially those from minority and traditionally underrepresented groups, with internship opportunities in small, innovative technology companies.

Interested in applying? An information session on these paid internships will be held 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 20, in the Baker University Center Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center. This session will be hosted by TechGROWTH Ohio and the Center for Entrepreneurship.

Ohio Third Frontier, part of the Ohio Development Services Agency, fosters the creation and growth of start-up companies in the software, medical technologies, advanced materials and other high-tech industries. This network includes mentors, investors, nonprofit organizations and hundreds of early stage technology companies across the state.

Who they’re looking for:

  • Students pursuing degrees ranging from the associate level through the doctoral level
    • Students from minority and traditionally underrepresented populations preferred
  • Students from all disciplines
    • STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), marketing, business and/or communications background preferred
  • Students with the following character traits:
    • Desire to learn – The ability and willingness to learn new skills as needed
    • Ability to thrive amidst ambiguity – Tolerance for an unstructured environment and ability to self-select tasks and projects
    • Passion – A personal connection with the company mission and their contribution to it
    • Scrappiness and grit – Ability to get things done, despite difficulty, setbacks and resource constraints
    • Willingness to put company before oneself – Makes decisions based on what is best for the company
    • Excellence at collaboration – Ability to work as part of a team

Program details:

  • Recruiting for 2016 spring and/or summer semesters
  • Internships will last between three and 12 months
  • Internships will be located across the state
  • Qualified candidates will be matched with companies mainly from the Ohio Third Frontier network and portfolio, but the program is open to all qualified Ohio companies
  • Paid up to $10,000 per internship with a $5,000 contribution from company, leading to a possible $15,000 internship opportunity

The Life of Today’s Lobbyist in Ohio: CE3’s final fall Brownbag Lunch


Friday, Nov. 20, 12 p.m.
Bldg 22, The Ridges, Room 221
Pizza will be provided!

CE3 and Environmental Studies are delighted to host Tracy Sabetta, a founding partner of Initiative Consulting, a government affairs and public relations firm in Columbus that works on state and federal issues. Tracy will discuss her lobbying and communication efforts around important health and environmental campaigns in Ohio, especially her recent work on clean energy issues.

Tracy’s current clients include health and environmental organizations focused on improving patient care and access to services, as well as climate change and clean energy advancement. She previously served as the Vice President of Government Relations for the American Cancer Society in Ohio, has worked in both the Ohio Senate and House, and has served as campaign manager and staff on U.S. Senate, Ohio gubernatorial, legislative, and issue campaigns. Living in Central Ohio, Tracy also serves on the board of directors of Global Gallery, a fair trade non-profit organizations, and is currently Vice President of the Pickerington High School North Music Boosters.

Watch for next semester’s Brownbag schedule at


Be sure to check out this Thursday’s Venture Café on market opportunity!

flierKent Sauber, president of KBS Home Inspection and Consulting, will speak on understanding market opportunity at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in Baker University Center Room 240, as part of the Center for Entrepreneurship Venture Café.

Sauber has over 25 years of experience in construction, remodeling and building maintenance, including his first successful business venture, American Repair Service. His knowledge of the industry inspired him to found his second venture, KBS Home Inspection & Consulting.

Sauber is a graduate of Kaplan/ITA (Inspection Training Associates), Environmental Solutions Association, and has completed hours of education through ASHI and NAHI. He has successfully passed the National Home Inspection Examination and is licensed in the State of Ohio in radon testing. In addition, Sauber is the president of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Home Inspectors.

Be sure to check out this event and learn from his 25+ years of experience!

If you have any questions about the event, contact the Center for Entrepreneurship at

Voinovich School Alumni Society to host educational symposium on Nov. 14

Join the Voinovich School Alumni Society, current students and community members for the first-annual Saturday Symposium on Nov. 14 from 11:30am to 3:30pm at The Ridges, Building 21.

This educational mini-conference is intended for all students enrolled in or working with the Voinovich School. The Symposium will feature interactive sessions on topics such as finding an internship, engaging in meaningful networking, creating an effective elevator pitch, tailoring your resume, leveraging your internship and learning how to make yourself marketable to employers.

Represented organizations include Live Healthy Appalachia, TechGROWTH Ohio, Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and more.

Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be available throughout the day.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Tracy Kelly at

Explore your future – attend the GVS Green Jobs Panel

The Environmental Studies Certificate Program will host a Green Jobs Panel on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Panelists will discuss environmental jobs from their perspective as young professionals, and speak about their career and educational paths.

Green Jobs Panel November 3, 6:15-8 p.m.
Friends of the Library Room (319)
Alden Library, Ohio University, Athens Campus

Food will be provided at 6:15 p.m.; panel begins at 6:30 pm.

Panelists will include:
Amy Mackey and Sarah Landers, Raccoon Creek Partnership, Watershed Group
Geoff Greenfield, Third Sun Solar and Wind
Bruce Underwood, Athens-Hocking Recycling Centers
Mat Roberts, Upgrade Athens
Allison Hall, Community Food Initiatives
Sean Peoples, Sustainability and Environmental Independent Filmmaker

RSVP if possible, or for information, contact Loraine McCosker at

The Green Jobs Panel is sponsored by Environmental Studies, Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs, the Common Experience Project on Sustainability, and University College.

Ohio Soybean Council Foundation offers $10,000 in grad student scholarships


Graduate students in the environmental studies program may be eligible to apply for the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation graduate scholarship. Two scholarships of up to $5,000 each will be awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year.

To be qualified, the student must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student. In addition, the student must be conducting research in bioproducts, biotechnology, biobased materials, bioengineering, biopolymers or a related field, and must be focused on advancing the soybean industry.

Applications are available at The deadline to apply is Jan. 15, 2016, at 5 p.m.

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports scientific research and educational opportunities to the benefit of the soybean industry. Contact Katie Bauer at with questions.