Learning Outside of the Classroom

South Africa Study Abroad Students 2012

An important part of an Ohio State education is taking advantage of opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. With whichever major you choose in our department, you will have many choices on how to improve your skills, develop professionally, network with potential future employers, and build a community of peers. Our students gain valuable skills participating in co-ops and internships, study abroad programs, research, clubs and organizations, and professional development opportunities.


Co-ops and Internships

Students majoring in Agricultural Systems Management and Construction Systems Management are required to complete at least one ten-week internship to gain practical, hands-on experience to augment their on-campus course work. Students in Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering are not required to complete an internship but are highly encouraged to seek out opportnunities related to their future goals. Because of our small, close-knit department, faculty and instructors are able to help students network with future employers and find internship and co-op opportunities that are more personalized to their career interests. 


Study Abroad

Students in all majors have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of study abroad programs across the university. Our students are part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, which has a nearly 50% study abroad participation rate, the highest rate at the university. To learn more about study abroad opportunities, visit oia.osu.edu.


Clubs and Organizations

Ohio State has over 1,300 student organizations. Clubs and organizations offer students opportunities to participate in professional and social activities locally, nationally, and internationally. There are several student oraganizations that cater our students that include visiting guest speakers, contests against competing universities, industry-oriented programs, and/or social and recreational activities. Clubs, organizations, and competitions that may be especially appealing to students in Agricultural Systems Management, Construction Systems Management, and Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering include:

For more information on these clubs and organizations, and to search for other ways to get involved, visit ohiounion.osu.edu.


Research 

Research is an integral part of Ohio State, our department, and the undergraduate and graduate student experience. Students are highly encouraged to participate in a vast amount of exciting research projects like green energy construction; developing a gaseous sanitizer that kills pathogens like e. coli on leafy green vegetables; developing a bio-polylol, a renewable source of polyurethane foam; and evaluating the conversion of cellulosic biomass from sugarcane into ethanol.

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to become a student research assistant and cooperatively work on projects with faculty members who focus on several different research areas as early as their freshman year. Undergraduates can also do their own independent research projects. As an undergraduate researcher, you will gain valuable professional experience writing proposals for grants, meeting deadlines, having your work professionally critiqued, and working within a budget. These real-life scenarios and constraints will allow you to experience what a work-day is like for a researcher.

Explore research being done in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, or check out opportunities and resources for undergraduate research at research.osu.edu/undergraduate.


Professional Development

Students in all three of our undergraduate majors are required to complete at least one professional development course. Students build portfolios, learn to create distinctive resumes and cover letters, and master business practices. 

Students are also provided opportunities to participate in mock interviews, network with employers, and attend career fairs. Our department partners with Engineering Career Services and the CFAES Career Services Office to offer support in locating internship, co-op, and career connections.