The following message was shared with all Ohio State students on Wednesday, March 29, 2023.


Dear Buckeyes,

Our campuses have been abuzz since you returned from spring break. Despite the cold weather, I know there is great excitement for warmer days ahead and the opportunities the remainder of this semester holds. There is much to accomplish and much to discover in these coming weeks, and I thank you for doing your part to support our Ohio State community.

News of Buckeye excellence is never in short supply and none of our accomplishments would be possible without you!

Earlier this month, the university was pleased to host leaders from Voyager Space and Nanoracks — and partners from across the state — to open the temporary home of the George Washington Carver Science Park’s Starlab terrestrial analog facility. This is the Earth-based twin of the lab already orbiting with the International Space Station, and it will help facilitate collaboration across the university and with industry partners.

We also announced last month that annual research and development expenditures increased by double digits and set a new university record. Solution-focused and action-oriented Buckeyes are conducting transformative research that is crucial to solving complex problems, and helping individuals and communities thrive.

Celebrating success

I am so proud of all we have accomplished together during this academic year so far, especially in recent weeks.

Congratulations to the winners of the 28th annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, which included more than 200 presentations from senior undergraduate researchers. It is a remarkable honor that showcases their excellence as scholars and dedication to research. Like all Buckeyes, these students are finding solutions the world needs now.

Congratulations also to this year’s Edward F. Hayes Advanced Research Forum winners. The forum – which is co-sponsored by the Council of Graduate Students, the Graduate School, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and the Enterprise for Research, Innovation and Knowledge with support from Student Life – showcases the innovative and exemplary research being conducted by graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Thank you to first-year undergraduate student Keira Millerchip, who represented Buckeye Nation with excellence as she presented a paper titled “‘The disease had sharpened my senses — not destroyed — not dulled them’: Edgar Allan Poe’s Experience with the Uncanny” at the Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium hosted by Johns Hopkins University on March 25.

Our student-athletes continue to make Buckeye Nation proud as they perform at the highest levels of competition.

Kudos to the wrestling team for placing fourth at the NCAA Championships, to the fencing team for their fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, and to the eight Buckeyes who competed in the 2023 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, including Adelaide Aquilla, who earned her fourth NCAA Championship in the shot put with an outstanding throw that broke her own program record.

The men’s basketball team finished the season strong with an exciting run to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament, winning five of their final seven games, while the men’s ice hockey team deserves praise for a fantastic season culminating in a quarterfinals appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The women’s swimming and diving team captured their fourth consecutive Big Ten championship thanks to numerous record-breaking performances, while the men’s team finished second, their 14th consecutive season placing in the top three of the conference.

The women’s basketball team completed their exceptional season this week with a thrilling performance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, their first trip to the national quarterfinals in 30 years thanks to electrifying victories they will look to build on in the future.

Congratulations to the pistol team for winning a phenomenal third straight national championship, the synchronized swimming team for winning an extraordinary second straight and 34th overall national championship, and the women’s ice hockey team for another tremendous season that fell just short of a second straight national title in the championship game behind the effort of Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner Sophie Jaques. It is fantastic to see Buckeye excellence on display!

With the end of the semester and final exams around the corner, please do not hesitate to reach out for support services on campus if you are feeling overwhelmed or just need a little help.

Go Buckeyes!

Sincerely yours,

Kristina M. Johnson, PhD