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Columbus State hosted the state’s future scientists at the Choose Ohio First STEMM Scholar Showcase.

The event honored students who’ve received scholarships through the Choose Ohio First Scholarship program, which encourages students to study STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math & Medical) fields at Ohio colleges. Students from many of Ohio’s universities and community colleges had research projects on display and shared their experiences of being a Choose Ohio First Scholar.

Dawn Musil with president
Dawn Musil, center, explains her science project to Dr. Harrison, left.

Columbus State President Dr. David Harrison greeted the crowd of 250 people. He was joined at the podium by Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey and Secretary of State Jon Husted.

Choose Ohio First has helped make Ohio a national leader in educating students in the high-demand fields of science, technology, engineering, math and medicine, Husted said. That well-trained workforce makes Ohio a magnet for the high-tech jobs of the future.

Three students spoke, including Columbus State’s Dawn Musil, who graduated this month with her associate degree. Musil is one of thousands of students who take Columbus State’s Bachelor’s Degree Transfer Programs every year. Those programs allow students to take the first two years of their bachelor’s degree at Columbus State, then transfer to a four-year college to finish up. Columbus State offers dozens of degree programs that transfer directly to a university, in fields like Math, Engineering, Physics and Biology.

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L-R: President Harrision, Secretary of State Jon Husted, Heather Boli (Stark State), Jason Owens (Toledo.), Chancellor John Carey, Dawn Musil (Columbus State).

Some 3,700 students have received Choose Ohio First grants statewide. At Columbus State, the program is known as Future Scientists of Ohio. The event took place May 15 at the Columbus State Conference Center. 

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