Student Energy and Environment News

April 23 , 2018

Sustainability News and Updates

Here are your updates for this week on all things energy and environment at Ohio State. We hope you’re gearing up for the final stretch before finals. Good luck with exams!


Denman Honors Undergraduate Sustainability Researchers
Each year the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry coordinates the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. The Denman offers students the opportunity to submit abstracts to compete in the forum. Research across various disciplines and categories is presented. This year’s forum, the 23rd annual, was held April 3.

Travel Grants Available for Students in Sustainability
The Office of Energy and Environment is accepting travel grant applications for students interested in presenting the results of their research or scholarship at an academic conference, meeting or symposium. Open to all full-time, degree-seeking Ohio State students. Consideration for this travel grant opportunity will continue until available funding is exhausted.

Nike Circular Innovation Challenge
Nike is calling on students like you to help create solutions to make one big step closer to a sustainable future. The Nike Circular Innovation Challenge consists of two distinct but connected calls for innovation proposals. Design with Grind focuses on creating new products using Nike Grind, recycled materials recovered from used footwear and manufacturing scrap, and Material Recovery focuses on developing new technologies to advance footwear recycling. Proposals are due May 1.


Share Your Ideas at a Waterman Listening Session, Apr. 25
The Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory provides hands-on learning opportunities for students, just steps away from campus. As a college team plans for the future of this space, it’s critical to hear student ideas and opinions. Join CFAES for conversation and pizza in Howlett Hall 164, on April 25 from 2 - 4 p.m. For more information, contact Joshua Hayes at

HONDA INNOVATE-O-thon: A Weeklong Externship with Honda, May 7
Join students from Ohio State and central Ohio community colleges at Ohio State’s Innovation Lab for a Honda INNOVATE-O-thon May 7-11. Participate within an interdisciplinary team to create innovative solutions to support Honda’s future mobility needs. The INNOVATE-O-thon externship program welcomes a select group of students to give you the opportunity to participate in real business workshops and work with a global business leader.

2018 OSU Materials Week, May 8
The 10th annual showcase of materials-allied research at Ohio State and beyond takes place May 8-11, at the Blackwell Inn & Conference Center. The conference features a keynote address, student poster sessions, and technical and cross-cutting sessions focusing on the latest advances in the full spectrum of materials innovation with experts from industry and academia. See the full agenda here.

Educational Forum: Building Resilient Communities in a Changing Climate, May 18
The Ohio State University and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission are joining to host a one-day forum on “Building Resilient Communities in a Changing Climate.” Experts from Ohio State, MORPC, City of Columbus and local community organizations will present the latest evidence on local impacts of climate change, the public health implications being addressed now and what to expect in the future, and how local municipalities are taking action to combat the infrastructure problems associated with our changing environment.

OSUWMC Presents: Climate Change, Health and You, May 18
Join OSUWMC for an enlightening evening on how climate change is impacting our health here in central Ohio and around the world. The medical center will be hosting a networking dinner on sustainability efforts at our institution, addressing how anyone can help make a difference in our community.

WestFest: West Campus Sustainability & Outreach Festival, May 19
Join us on the West Campus of Ohio State for a free public event showcasing sustainability and outreach. This event is open to people of all ages, from children to seniors. In addition to displays and hands-on activities highlighting research at Ohio State, there will be tours of the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center and Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.


Research Associate for Consumer Food Waste and Food Intake Projects
The OSU Food Waste Collaborative is seeking a part-time research associate for consumer food waste and food intake projects. The successful candidate may also be asked to assist in the writing of grant proposals and the acquisition of support from outside agencies, and to coordinate the development of new and/or revised research methodologies. Master’s degree in an appropriate social science or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. See here for a detailed position description. Contact Brian Roe, professor of agricultural, environmental and developmental economics, with questions.