2017 MLK Scholars
Zoe is a senior from Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. Zoe is the President of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Undergraduate Recruitment Society where she supports ODI’s recruitment initiatives by participating on panels, conducting presentations, tours and discussions for prospective students and their families. She works for Off-Campus and Commuter Students Services as a Student Supervisor where she oversees the Commuter mentoring program and coordinates large-scale community events. She has also worked for the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center as a Family Support Intern in the Intensive care unit where she provided support, resources and accommodations to the families of the patients. Zoe serves on the Office of Student Life’s Student Advocacy Center’s Sexual Civility and Empowerment Committee, is a certified Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper, and is trained in the prevention of relationship and sexual violence on college campuses. During the summer of 2014, Zoe participated in Ohio State’s study abroad program spending time in South East, India. Last spring, Zoe was honored to be named Outstanding Employee of the year by Ohio State’s Office of Student Life. Topping off her undergraduate career, Zoe was selected as member of the prestigious Mortar Board National Senior Honorary Society. Following graduation, she will seek a Masters in Mental Health Counseling with an end goal of earning a Doctorate in Counseling.
Geoffrey is a senior from Gahanna, Ohio majoring in Cognitive Neuroscience with a minor in engineering sciences. With his interest in music cognition, Geoffrey has been afforded the opportunity to spend time in the research lab with Drs. Julian Thayer, Steven Bibyk, and Roland Kawakami studying the benefits of music listening habits on heart rate variability. Outside of his research and academic work, Geoffrey participated in the Bell National Resource Center’s Leadership Institute and serves as an ambassador for the center. He was invited by the Bell National Resource Center to present research at the National Colloquium for Black Men in Education. As a freshman, Geoffrey was selected to participate in the Green Engineering Scholars Program through the University’s Honors and Scholars Program as well as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program. Geoffrey is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, manages Ohio State’s student volunteers at the Linden Recreation Center, mentors students at Champion Middle School and participated in a Buck-i-Serve trip to Atlanta where he offered service at a Refugee shelter. Geoffrey has applications in to Ohio State University, Penn State University, Georgia State University and the University of Houston’s Neuropsychology programs. He wishes to understand more about how Neurological Music Therapy can be used as a rehabilitation tool for Alzheimer’s, Dementia and other neurological challenges.
Michael is a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio majoring in marketing with a minor in Music, Media & Enterprise. During Michael’s first year on campus he received Ohio State’s Outstanding First-Year Leadership Award. As a student in the Fisher College of Business, Michael was honored to be the cover story for one of the Fisher College of Business’ quarterly news publication, a student speaker at their Centennial Celebration and recognized as a student leader with their Emerging Leader award. He is the Vice President of the Morrill Tower Activities Board, the Undergraduate Student Representative for Ohio State’s L.G.B.T.Q. Alumni Society, and served as the President of Out in Business, a student organization that won Student Organization of the Year in 2015. Last spring, Michael earned the prestigious honor of being named to the 2016 Homecoming Court. Last autumn, Michael was selected by his student peers to be Ohio State’s 2016 Homecoming King. After graduating this spring, Michael will head to New York City to join L’Oréal USA’s Luxury Division Brand Management Program.
Morgan is a junior from Kenosha, Wisconsin majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology. As a pre-med student, Morgan has spent a significant amount of her undergraduate career conducting research under the guidance of Dr. Steven Spencer where she is conducting social psychology based research. Outside of the research lab, Morgan has given back to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Morrill Scholars Program by serving as a host for their Early Arrival Program where she engaged in the planning and implementation of activities for new Morrill Scholars. Last spring, she participated in Buck-I-Serve where she assisted with the afterschool program for the Boys and Girls Club in Newark, NJ. Morgan also volunteered to support the HIV/AIDS community in Tallahassee. She is the Vice Chair for the Professional Development of Humanism in Medicine, is the Director of Marketing for the Minority Association of Pre-Medical students, is a Resident Advisor in Morrison Tower, is a member of the Student Alumni Council and is a Peer Mentor for students that are majoring in Chemistry. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience, Morgan plans to take a year to focus on youth education and health care in underserved communities. She will then pursue her goal to attend medical school to become a physician.
Erin is a senior from West Bloomfield, Michigan and is a neuroscience major who spends time in the clinical neuroscience research lab under the supervision of Dr. Rashika Prakash researching multiple sclerosis progression as it relates to mindfulness. She is a member of University Housing’s Black Student Association, Society of Sisters, and the Multicultural Understanding through Non-Traditional Discovery Opportunities community fondly known as MUNDO where she is involved with their action team. As a member of MUNDO and a participant in Ohio State’s Second Year Transformation Experience Program, Erin traveled to London and Paris exploring the multicultural histories and legacies of both cities. Erin’s service to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion includes serving as the junior chair for Community Connections, a community of students designed to support leadership and community service initiatives for Ohio State’s largest diversity scholarship, the Morrill Scholarship Program. Erin works with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions access and diversity initiatives as a Diversity Ambassador where she interacts with prospective students and their families during key recruitment events. This year, she participated in the “But for Ohio State” series, sharing her story during Ohio State’s Homecoming Celebration. After graduation, Erin plans to pursue a medical degree but will take a year to travel and intern abroad first.
DeMario is a senior from Naperville, Illinois majoring in Aerospace Engineering. DeMario has senior status although this is his third year at Ohio State. As an Engineering student, DeMario participated in a project that involved programming a toy train to complete specific tasks. He also created flight performance documentation after analyzing and calculating the flight characteristics of Vans RV 10, airplanes.
DeMario is a participant in ODI’s Louis Stoke Alliance Program, a member of the Bell National Resource Center’s Leadership Institute and serves as an Ambassador for the Center’s Early Arrival Program. This year, DeMario is serving as an Academic Success Partner for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Young Scholars Program. He is a Parlimatrian for the National Society of Black Engineers, a member of the Council of Black Students in Administration and served as Vice President for his hometown’s Youth Chapter of the NAACP where he engaged in event planning and fund raising. DeMario has been influenced by his travels to Washington DC, Atlanta, Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama where he visited civil rights museums and historical monuments. After graduation, DeMario is considering entering the corporate world as a Design Engineer or as a Research and Development Engineer. He is committed to giving back to his community by helping others create their own business to realize his dream of creating another Black Wall Street