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2021 Belong@OSU Program

The 2021 Belong@OSU program collaborates with several partners across the university to provide prospective graduate students with information and institutional resources to explore graduate education. The series addresses topics ranging from fellowships to creating application materials. For more information about the Belong@OSU program, please email:

Date Session Title  Facilitator  Session Description  Facilitator’s Picture(s) 
9/29 at 12pm  Crafting a Competitive Application
Dr. Tiffany Halsell, Assistant Director, Office of Student Academic Success Graduate and Professional Admissions This session focused on the benefits of studying at Ohio State and the application process. Learn the tips, tricks, and best practices for putting forward your strongest application.  Thumbnail of Tiffany
10/6 at 12pm  Financing Graduate School  
PowerPoint Fellowships &  
Financial Aid  
Jessica Tweed, Assistant Director, Buckeye Link Office of Student Academic Success


Lindsey Brown, Fellowship Services Manager, Graduate School
Explore options for financing your graduate degree through financial aid, fellowships, and other funding opportunities. Thumbnail of Jessica
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10/13 at 12pm College Spotlight: College of Social Work
MSW Program
PowerPoint & PhD Program
Candace Cooper, MSW Program Advisor,  College of Social Work MSW Program Office


Jennifer Nakayama, PhD Program Coordinator, College of Social Work
Learn about the College of Social Work's admissions process, information about their graduate programs, and interesting facts about the college. Thumbnail of Candace
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10/20 at 12pm Personal Statements and Program Interviews
Melanie Medina López, Graduate Student and University Fellow, for CFAES Plant Pathology Enhance your graduate application and program interviews by highlighting your experiences and incorporating professional skills into a stand-out first impression. Thumbnail of Melanie
10/27 at 12pm Successful Strategies for Acquiring Strong Letters of Recommendation
Alyssa Chrisman, PhD Candidate, Graduate Teaching Associate and Writing Center Assistant Coordinator Strategize on how to obtain impactful letters of recommendation from faculty and staff. Thumbnail of Alyssa
11/3 at 12pm College Spotlight: College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Brian Orefice, Assistant Dean and Graduate Studies Chair, College of Arts & Sciences The College of Arts and Sciences discusses their admissions process and graduate programs. Thumbnail of Brian
11/10 at 12pm How to Shine: Craft Your Best Resume/CV
Amari Dryden, Graduate Assistant, Career Counseling and Support Services Become an expert on the strategies and techniques for composing an impressive CV and resume for your graduate school application. Thumbnail of Amari
11/17 at 12pm Push Through: Getting to the Finish Line
Dominiece Hoelyfield, Diversity Program Manager, The Graduate School


Ahmed Hassan, Diversity Program Coordinator, The Graduate School
Breakthrough the internal blocks that prevent you from completing your application. Thumbnail of Dominiece
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