Partners for Broader Impact

These groups are experienced in collaborating with Ohio State faculty and staff to develop STEM outreach, education, and diversity efforts to accompany proposals for research funding, particularly in support of the National Science Foundation's Broader Impacts merit review criterion.

Breakfast of Science Champions

The Breakfast of Science Champions is an annual event at Ohio State.  For one morning, area middle school students visit various sites around the university. Host sites offer a lecture on their research, and then direct the students in a hands-on learning experience.  For information on becoming a Breakfast of Science Champions host site, contact STEM Initiatives.

Center for Emergent Materials

The Center for Emergent Materials (CEM) offers outreach opportunities for students and faculty to work with elementary students in the Columbus City School District.

  • "Scientific Thinkers" gives groups of volunteers the opportunity to teach an interactive science lesson to elementary students (grades 2-5).  Depending on your interest, this can be a one time outreach opportunity, or a more sustained program if you go multiple times throughout the year.
  • "Science Day" transforms an elementary school into a science "laboratory" for a day.  Students rotate through a series of 25-minute hands-on activities.  This annual event occurs each spring.

For more information about collaborating with the CEM, contact Michelle McCombs.


The Center for Science and Industry (COSI) has multiple programs accessible to Ohio State faculty and staff:

  • "Girls and Boys Discover..." offers faculty the chance to share their area of expertise with students through lecture, conversation, and hands-on experiments.
  • "Electronic Experts" shares faculty and staff expertise with students throughout the country via videoconference.
  • "Labs in Life" gives faculty and staff the opportunity to conduct research on COSI's premises and present their findings to museum visitors.

For more information on how to get involved with COSI, contact Chris Andersen.

Metro Early College High School

The Metro School, a high school on the Ohio State campus, is particularly unique both in its STEM focus and in its dual high school/college level curriculum.  Students take college classes at The Ohio State University, and may also have internships with faculty and staff.  These internships vary in form and character, and offer fantastic opportunities for students to engage with potential future careers.  For more information on hosting a Metro School intern, contact Howard Greene.

Minority Engineering Program

The Minority Engineering Program (MEP) works to expand the participation of underrepresented ethnic minorities in the College of Engineering and in the engineering profession. MEP implements and supports outreach programs for students in grades K-12 to identify and attract underrepresented minority students to engineering and OSU. For more information, visit MEP.

Ohio House of Science and Engineering

The Ohio House of Science and Engineering (OHSE) is the science and engineering consortium within the Ohio State University that aims to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education throughout central Ohio in grades K-20. OHSE brings together scientists and engineers in the private industry with Ohio's teachers to improve science and technology education in their classrooms. It has numerous well-established STEM outreach and public science literacy programs that have been serving the community for over 15 years and reach 2,000 to 2,500 students and over 100 teachers per year. To become involved, visit the OHSE volunteers' webpage.

Ohio Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

The National Science Foundation's Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program has the purpose of increasing underrepresented minority student (African American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Pacific Islander) recruitment, retention, persistence and attainment of STEM degrees. There are 45 LSAMP alliances nationwide with over 450,000 alumni. There are seven four-year institutions and four community colleges in The Ohio LSAMP Alliance. Programming that takes place at each institution includes counseling and advisement, bridge or early arrival programs, tutoring or supplemental instruction, peer mentoring, professional development workshops, and faculty-mentored undergraduate research. For more information, contact Tyler Cole.

Ohio Supercomputer Center

The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) aims to increase young interest in STEM education by offering two summer programs. The Summer Institute is a two-week camp for Ohio's brightest high school students entering their sophomore, juniors or senior year. Participants experience the dynamic fields of high performance computing and network firsthand. Ohio Supercomputer Center employs a faculty of experts in high performance computing (HPC), networking, engineering and the sciences to teach students computing fundamentals, such as programming language, parallel processing techniques and visualization toolkits. OSC also offers the Young Women’s Summer Institute, a week-long program for middle-school girls in Ohio, designed to promote computer, math, science and engineering skills, as well as to provide hands-on experiences. YWSI helps girls develop an interest in these subjects by allowing them to work on a practical, interesting scientific problem using the latest computer technology. For more information, contact Donovan Godt.

Ohio's STEM Ability Alliance

Ohio's STEM Ability Alliance (OSAA) is focused on increasing the quality and quantity of students with disabilities who earn post-secondary degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). OSAA provides research internships, mentoring, student learning communities, scholarships, and specialized advising to students attending an alliance of Ohio institutions, including Ohio State, Wright State, Columbus State Community College, and Sinclair Community College. For more information, visit OSAA or contact Victor Johnson.

Science Café

Science Café offers the opportunity for the community to come together for a discussion on science related topics of importance or interest in our daily lives. The atmosphere is more relaxed than a traditional lecture and the audience is encouraged to engage the speaker with questions and comments while enjoying food and drink. These once monthly discussions are free and open to the public. For more information and a list of upcoming events, visit Science Café

Science Sundays

Science Sundays is a monthly public lecture series, presented by the College of Arts and Sciences' research centers and institutes, to educate and inform the public about a variety of timely and interesting science topics. All lectures are free, open to the public, and are presented by well-known experts in their fields, from both on and off campus. A reception immediately follows each lecture. All are invited to attend, meet the speakers, ask questions, and enjoy a lively social experience. For more information and a list of upcoming events, visit Science Sundays.

The STEAM Factory

The STEAM Factory is a collection of OSU faculty, postdocs, and staff promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, research dissemination and outreach and engagement for those working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. By offering members of the Ohio State community a more creative way to showcase their research and interact with each other, the STEAM Factory aims to bring the Arts, Humanities and STEM-related disciplines closer together.  One example in which the STEAM Factory showcases the research and technology of the OSU community directly to the public is through open events such as the 400 West Rich Farmers Market in Franklinton.

If you would like to showcase your work to the public, discuss possible interdisciplinary research collaborations, or set up a program and obtain a letter of support from the STEAM Factory for your grant proposal, then please contact Roman Holowinsky.

Women in Engineering

The Women in Engineering Program (WiE) at The Ohio State University works to increase the number of women earning degrees in engineering. Through partnerships with alumni, corporations, and community and educational organizations, WiE develops innovative and exciting programming to introduce girls and women to the wide variety of careers and opportunities available to engineers. WiE offers a variety of events and programs focused on outreach, recruitment and retention. These include elementary, middle and high school camps and one-day events, in addition to undergraduate and graduate programs. For more information, visit WIE.

Young Scholars Program

The Young Scholars Program (YSP) annually identifies and serves hundreds of academically talented first generation college students from economically challenged backgrounds. YSP is designed to serve the needs of bright, urban young people who are willing to work hard to achieve their educational goals. Each year, many deserving students in Ohio's urban centers cannot be served because of limited funds. These students need nurturing, training and guidance to realize their full potential. For more information, visit YSP or contact Stacie Burbage.