Honors and Scholars

Outstanding students may choose to pursue the prestigious Honors or Scholars programs at Ohio State.  These programs recognize academic achievement and offer flexibility in course selection; enrollment in small-sized honors, accelerated, or advanced courses; research opportunities and co-curricular activities.

For more information about the benefits, eligibility and admission, visit > OSU Honors and Scholars.


Honors and Scholars

ScholarsAmbria Small, Plant Health Management major, is in the Environment and Natural Resources Scholars program.

ENR Scholars, which includes students from a variety of majors, live in the Blackburn House residence hall, take clustered courses with other scholars and participate in co-curricular activities such as field trips and other outdoor-themed experiences


Edward Luersman, Plant Health Management freshman, selected for Alpha Zeta Partners, a professional agriculture and natural resources honorary organizaton.  As part of Class 13, Eddie participated in leadership programs and spent Winter Quarter 2012 in a Brazil study abroad.

Eddie was also a Presidential Scholar and in the Honors Collegium.


Amber HoffstetterAmber Hofstetter, Honors student, was selected as an Outstanding Senior in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, 2011.


Kara RiggsKara Riggs, Plant Health Management Honors student, was awarded first place in the Environmental and Plant Sciences category at 2010 CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum for her research, "Chemotaxis of Phytophthora Zoospores to Soybean Roots is Altered by RNAi Silencing of Isoflavone Biosynthesis," on April 14, 2010 in Columbus.

Riggs was also a participant in the 15th Annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, May 11, 2010 in Columbus.  View Riggs and other students > video

In 2009, Kara Riggs was awarded a University Undergraduate Research Scholarship and an OARDC Director's Undergraduate Research Grant.


BrunerMay 13, 2009 - Laura Bruner, Plant Health Management Honors student, won a third place award in the Agricultural/Environmental Science division of the Denman Undegraduate Research Forum for her honors thesis,  "The study of Arabidopsis thaliana trichomes for source of chemical defense."

Bruner also won first place in the CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum, Environmental and Plant Sciences Division for her research.


2008-2009 - Nick Weidenennber, Plant Health Management Honors student, was selected to receive the William F. Helms Student Scholarship from the USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine Program (PPQ).  Weidenbenner received a $5000 scholarship and a work experience internship at the USDA APHIS PPQ office in Pickerington, Ohio.


Amanda HayesAmanda Hayes Plant Health Management Honors major: "Greenhouse sanitation: Efficacy of disinfectants on cutting blades using Tobacco mosaic virus on petunia as a model."

In 2008, Amanda was selected as one of five students to present her research in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as part of a Brazil Research Exchange Program   Dennis Lewandowski was her honors thesis advisor.


Beaulieu2008 - Robert Beaulieu (left), Ainhoa Martinez Medina and Michael J. Boehm.  Poster presentation, Oxalic acid production by Sclerotinia homoeocarpa: the causal agent of dollar spot.  2008 American Phytopathological Society Centennial Meeting, July 26-30, 2008, Minneapolis, Minn.

Robert Beaulieu was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and honored as one of Ohio State's top graduates in June 2008.  In the fall, he traveled abroad to study with Jose Pascual, Centro de Edafologa y Biologa Aplicasa del Segura, Murcia, Spain.    Robbie, who graduated in June with a BA in Comparative Studies, magna cum laude with honors, completed an honors thesis with Mike Boehm.  Robbie was part of the "Top of the Class" splash feature on the OSU website.

2008 - Kara Riggs presented a poster, "Chemotaxis of Phytophthora zoospores to soybean roots is altered by RNAi silencing of isoflavone biosynthesis," at the  2008 American Phytopathological Society Centennial Meeting, July 26-30, 2008, Minneapolis, Minn.  Honors thesis advisor, Terry Graham.


2008 poster presentersDenman Undergraduate Research Forum, Ohio State, May 14, 2008.

Robert Beaulieu (left), Comparative Studies Honors major and 2008 graduating senior: "Oxalic acid production by Sclerotinia homoeocarpa: the causal agent of dollar spot."   Project advisor: Dr. Michael J. Boehm.

Amanda Hayes (center), Plant Health Management Honors major: "Greenhouse sanitation: Efficacy of disinfectants on cutting blades using Tobacco mosaic virus on petunia as a model." Project advisor: Dennis Lewandowski.

Nick Weidenbenner (right), Plant Health Management Honors major:  "Effect of methyl jasmonate on white ash (Fraxinus americana) and Manchurian Ash (Fraxinus mandshurica) as it relates to emerald ash borer attack."  Project advisor: Dr. Pierluigi Bonello.

Katy Garrett (not pictured), Plant Biology major:  "Exploring allelopathic chemicals as plant defense activators."  Project advisor: Terry Graham.