Maggie Knisley Selected as ODI Scholar of the Year

ODI Scholar, Maggie Knisley (left), earns ODI Scholars Program Scholar of the Year award
ODI Scholar, Maggie Knisley, earns ODI Scholars Program
Scholar of the Year award.

The ODI Scholars Program is filled with exceptional, academically-talented students from across the state and nation who come to Ohio State with dreams of leaving their mark. At the 2014 Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) Honors Reception, Maggie Knisley was chosen as the ODI Scholar of the Year because of the many ways by which she has left her mark by demonstrating excellence through diversity. Maggie envisioned a program to bring Morrill Scholars together for the purpose of creating research and civic engagement opportunities. Created this year, Community Connections implemented a research forum autumn semester in collaboration with the Graduate School. The group also organized a series of community service projects this semester under the leadership of Dr. Patricia Cunningham and her staff at the Buckeye Civic Engagement Connections.

We congratulate Maggie on all of her accomplishments and thank her for her courage, commitment, inspiration to future Scholars, and for having a healthy disregard for the impossible while exemplifying excellence through diversity. 

Maggie’s vision, dedication, creativity, and determination allowed her to earn numerous honors, welcome visiting students and families to the university, and participate in critically valuable research. Maggie is a member of the Honors Program, was inducted into the Helix Tri Beta Biological Sciences Honorary, the Bucket and Dipper Junior Class Honorary, serves as a University Host for Undergraduate Admissions, and conducted research with the OSU Sports Medicine department. She also graciously provided keynote remarks for the ODI Scholars Welcome Back Celebration earlier this semester. Maggie will graduate in May, 2014 with honors from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology; she will begin a new chapter in her academic career this fall as a member of the class of 2018 at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.