Each fall, Ohio Wesleyan selects a small number of students for its Global Scholars Program. The scholars take special classes, receive funds for global projects, complete a faculty-supervised thesis, and graduate with a global certificate. (Photo by Mark Schmitter ’12)

2018-2019 Global Scholars

Ohio Wesleyan Enrolls 16 First-Year Students into Prestigious Program

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University has welcomed 16 first-year students into its Global Scholars Program in recognition of their potential for high academic achievement and passion for international issues.

The selective four-year scholars program is part of Ohio Wesleyan’s Global Studies Institute, a hub where faculty and students from the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and fine arts come together to explore issues from all academic disciplines and work toward real-world solutions.

OWU’s 2018-2019 Global Scholars are:

  • Lauren Barnes of Groveport, Ohio.
  • Lily Callander of Blacklick, Ohio.
  • Acadia Caryl of Highland Heights, Ohio.
  • Anna duSaire of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Chase Dusek of McKinney, Texas.
  • Meg Edwards of Columbus, Ohio.
  • Hannah Littlefield of New Milford, Connecticut.
  • Maddie Marusek of Gahanna, Ohio.
  • Kylee McFarland of Granville, Ohio.
  • Jessa Mitchell of Cedar Crest, New Mexico.
  • Eva Mulloy of Novelty, Ohio.
  • Madeline Nemeth of Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Katie Peterson of Evanston, Illinois.
  • Spencer Queen of Blacklick, Ohio.
  • Nicola Randle of Exeter, New Hampshire.
  • Adrienne Wentling of Westlake, Ohio.

All new Global Scholars participate in a team-taught course during their first semester in which they explore a single issue in depth. This year’s course, “Climate, Capital, and Culture,” is co-taught by Nathan Rowley, Ph.D., assistant professor of geography and geology, and Mary Anne Lewis Cusato, Ph.D., assistant professor of modern foreign languages.

“The course is meant to guide students through various aspects and perspectives of the global world we inhabit and introduce them to the field of global studies,” Cusato said. “Throughout the semester, we explore aspects of global significance (for example, climate change, nationalism, multiculturalism, immigration) through the lenses of the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences.”

In their junior or senior year, the Global Scholars will receive a $4,000 university grant to pursue an approved international research or study project of their choice.

As seniors, the Global Scholars will complete a faculty-supervised thesis or capstone project, which they will present to one another in a year-end conference. Students who successfully complete all of the requirements of the Global Scholars Program will graduate with a Global Studies Institute certificate noted on their transcripts.

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Global Scholars Institute at www.owu.edu/globalscholars.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.