SROP Fellowship Now Honors Osmer

M. Scott Herness — September 02, 2015

M. Scott Herness, interim vice provost for graduate studies and dean of the graduate school


I’m delighted to announce that we are honoring the outgoing vice provost for Graduate Studies and dean of the Graduate School by renaming the fellowships associated with our Summer Research Opportunities Program. This fellowship is now the Patrick S. Osmer SROP Fellowship. This gesture recognizes Pat’s commitment to diversity from the start of his nine-year tenure as dean.

One of Pat’s first acts as dean was to hire Cyndi Freeman, a national leader in diversity initiatives and graduate student recruitment. Under Cyndi’s direction, the Graduate School’s SROP program has become a  signature diversity recruitment program for Ohio State. SROP brings highly qualified undergraduates from historically underrepresented groups to Ohio State to work on research with an Ohio State faculty mentor and to learn about graduate study.

The program’s goal is to encourage these students to pursue doctoral and master’s degrees, and the SROP fellowship was established to help our  graduate programs recruit these students to Ohio State. This academic year, eight former SROP participants are being funded with a Patrick S. Osmer SROP Fellowship. I look forward to introducing them  to the man behind the name.



M. Scott Herness is interim vice provost for graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School at Ohio State. Herness is a professor and former chair of Oral Biology in the College of Dentistry and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neuroscience, College of Medicine.


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