Connect | Lead | Inspire | Mentor | Belong
The CARE Office's student academic success programming supports the College of Engineering's strategic goal to: deliver the highest quality, evidence-based education experiences in a just, diverse, equitable and inclusive community accessible at all student levels. Staff connect students with opportunities to support their academic and personal pursuits and create programs and activities that increase self-efficacy and foster community while assuring that all engineering students are well prepared to serve as high-performing members of an increasingly cross-cultural global society.
Click on the tabs below to view the collection of activities designed to connect students to peers, alumni and industry partners through professional development seminars, hands-on skill-building workshops, industry tours and panel discussions with professionals and faculty.
New First Year Student Programs
Sponsored by Marathon, the Pre First-year Academic and Career Engagement (PREFACE) Program is a multi-level program designed to develop our pre-first-year students into high-performing students who are confident, efficient, and results-driven engineers through a holistic approach toward academic and professional success in the engineering environment at The Ohio State University College of Engineering and beyond. More importantly, we want our PREFACE participants to learn life skills and pay it forward by becoming productive citizens. In order to help build community and development for Buckeye engineers to strive towards excellence, LEAP (Learning Community for Engineers, Architects and Planners) is our residential hall for all incoming PREFACE participants.
The Leaders in Engineering, Architecture , and Planning (LEAP) Learning Community is committed to assisting students in their transition to the study of engineering and The Ohio State University community. It is designed to give students exposure to the variety of major options within the College of Engineering (COE), access to effective academic support services, interaction with faculty, staff, alumni and professionals, and the opportunity to cultivate community with students across the COE. LEAP is brought to you with generous donations from Hyland, the City of Columbus, Advanced Drainage Systems and Stantech.
To learn more visit the LEAP page
Mentoring and Preparing the Next Generation of Engineering Leaders
With support from the GM Foundation and The Boeing Company, the Academic EnriChment and Career DevELopment for UndERgraduATEs, known as ACCELERATE, is a research and project based summer program for second-year students designed to accelerate their progress through the engineering curriculum. Academic success enrichment and career development programming will enhance student problem solving skills, expose them to key concepts necessary for matriculation in their engineering program and provide them hands-on problem solving experience through team, project-based learning.
- Learn More about ACCELERATE
- 2024 Cohort Applications open in Spring 2024
With support from the GM Foundation and The Boeing Company, the Experiential Career Exploration and Leadership Seminar, known as ExCELS, was designed to introduce students to engineering careers and research through authentic inquiry activities sponsored by industry partners and research laboratories on campus. During spring semester the program provides opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning and shadowing experiences with industry partners and faculty while gaining a better understanding of engineering design, safety and testing and work efficiency. Applications for the 2023 CAR ExCELS cohort are currently closed.
Please email Assistant Director Edwin Lee, PhD for more details.
Open to all registered Engineers’ Council student organization executive boards the LEADership Retreat (Leaders in Engineering Advancing Diversity) is designed for student organizations interested in partnering with the Community, Access, Retention and Empowerment (CARE) office to engage members in constructive member development and service to the campus and surrounding community. LEADership retreat is a great resource for organizations driven to address access and underrepresentation in STEM.
- Develop Leadership Skills – students explore personal leadership styles and how to leverage their strengths and weaknesses as part of a leadership team to accomplish common goals.
- SMART Goal Setting – Executive board members review current year goals to ensure alignment with national organization’s mission and vision and to build concrete action plans and metrics to create greater transparency to the membership as well as accountability.
- Build Community and Collaboration across groups to increase efficiency, effectiveness and networking opportunities.
Learn more about professional engineering organization collaborations and the 50K Coalition work funded by the National Science Foundation.
Connecting Students, Faculty, Alumni and Industry Partners
Open to all College of Engineering students, ELEVATE, is an initiative focused on the academic success, belonging, well-being, and retention of women of color and all those who support them in pursuing undergraduate engineering degrees at Ohio State. If you are interested in learning more about ELEVATE please click the link below to sign-up and receive more information.
For more information, email Gisell Jeter-Bennett, PhD.
EmpowHERment Cafes are open to College of Engineering students and focus on women-identifying engineering students and all those who support them. The cafes allow students to build community in an affirming, safe, and welcoming space.
The Discover Engineering Series is a year-round presentation series that exposes students to and educates them on various engineering fields by showcasing faculty research, career paths of alumni engineers and job duties/responsibilities through industry partners tours. The series’ main purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to explore various engineering disciplines during their pre-major status. The goal is to provide insight beyond the classroom and to discover their engineering field with passion and purpose.
Wellness is an integral part of a student’s academic success. Engineering Wellness workshops and events are focused on establishing healthy physical and mental wellness routines. Previous events include yoga classes, rock climbing, boxing, meditation workshops and our annual Cookies and Canvas event.