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Ohio State students help needy families

Ohio State students help needy families

Undergraduate students in Ohio State’s Summer Research Opportunities Program gave their time and talent to help sort and prepare over 2700 pounds of food for 1755 needy families in the Westerville area.

Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) hosted this year’s annual day of service for the 38 SROP  students on June 2, and the students helped WARM fulfill its mission of "Restoring Dignity and Hope by Offering a Hand Up, Not a Hand Out."

"The SROP students volunteered with passion and love. They asked insightful questions about social justice and about WARM, and to paraphrase Martin Luther King, Jr., they are not silent about things that matter,” said Taylor Owens, director of volunteer services. “And, truly 'hunger matters."

The annual day of service is a way for SROP students to give back to the central Ohio community and strengthen friendships. They also discover that successful undertakings, whether a research project or a service, share common attributes: a compelling vision, a solid plan, and strong effort from all involved.

"I believe that events like this are important so we keep our humility and learn to be selfless,” said Myriah Wadley, a senior from Penn State University who is conducting research in agricultural studies at Ohio State. “We also gain a stronger connection to others. It breaks down the divide between us and them, eliminates stereotypes, and makes us better human beings.”

Beloit College senior Kendra Weinrich, who is studying anthropology, said, “I learned that teamwork is a crucial component to success. Our combined efforts made it possible for us to accomplish a project much bigger than any one of us could do on our own.”

SROP is a signature program of the Graduate School at Ohio State. It’s singular purpose is to expose highly talented undergraduates from underrepresented populations to graduate study at the PhD level. These students come to Ohio State from colleges and universities around the country for the eight-week program, where they are matched with an Ohio State faculty mentor who oversees their intensive research experience.

“Every year I am impressed by the brain power and work ethic that the SROP students bring with them to Ohio State,” said Scott Herness, interim vice provost of graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School. “I am equally impressed by the care and concern they bring to their annual day of service. By any measure, they are a credit to the Graduate School and Ohio State.”

Contact: Keith Bell, Graduate Administrative Associate, SROP, 614-247-7659

Media Contact: Kathleen Wallace,  614-247-7283