Congratulations to our FST AU22 Graduates!
Our autumn 2022 graduating students have been given an opportunity to share with us some of their favorite memories of their time at Ohio State in this special edition newsletter. Many also took the opportunity to give a shoutout to those that supported them, befriended them, and helped make the journey one to remember.
Congratulations to all the students from the Department of Food Science and Technology who have graduated this semester. We are proud of all that you have accomplished and hope that you will stay connected. Come back to visit and be sure to meet up with us as we continue to engage in various professional food science forums around the world. Just remember, you are a #BuckeyeForLife
Be sure to also check out the AU22 Graduate Photo Album
Annabelle Adkins – [Food Science and Technology]
Jared Chambers – [Food Business Management]
Naomi Chongsiriwatana – [Food Science and Technology]
Morgan Sedjo – [Food Business Management]
Ruiya Bao – My best memories at Ohio State were my first poster at a conference where I earned the First-time Presenter Award, our lab happy hours when we had great times together, my first Thanksgiving lunch at FST, the Phi-ve K Fun Run (although I walked the entire time, it was still so much fun with my peers), cozy autumn afternoons in my hammock by the Mirror Lake reading through my thesis, and so much more! I would like to give my greatest appreciation to my advisor, Dr. Hatzakis, for his enormous support throughout the past two years, to my lab mates who are always there for help, and to my family and friends. Ruiya received a master’s degree and was advised by Dr. Emmanuel Chatzakis.
Simone Fishel – My favorite memory at Ohio State is the people. My teammates and lab mates across my time at OSU are who made my experiences rich and rewarding. I am truly grateful to have made such friends, and I am excited for the next chapter knowing they are (figuratively) by my side. Simone received a master’s degree and was advised by Dr. Rafael Jimenez-Flores.
Audrey Kuei – Audrey received a master’s degree and was advised by Dr. Christopher Simons.
Rahul Venkatram – My favorite memories at Ohio State were making (and tasting!!) delicious butter and ice-cream in the Dairy Pilot Plant and watching the beautiful sunsets from Parker 3rd floor! I wish to extent my deepest gratitude to my advisor, lab mates, mentors and FST staff for their continuous support and encouragement during my time at OSU. Rahul received a master’s degree and was advised by Dr. Rafael Jimenez-Flores.
Huan Wei – There are so many good memories I can bring out during my study at OSU. I can never forget the wonderful football games, the warm help I received from other students, and the nice time I enjoyed with my friends and family. I'm very thankful to the encouragement and support from my advisor, Dr. Pascall, my lab mates, my friends and my family who helped me go through the hard times during this period. Huan received a master’s degree and was advised by Dr. Melvin Pascall.
Yuehan Ai – My favorite memory at Ohio State was the time I spent with my lab mates. I am grateful for the memories made with my advisor, Dr. Jiyoung Lee, friends, family, and collaborators throughout graduate school at OSU. Yuehan received a PhD and was advised by Dr. Jiyoung Lee.
Drew Barkley – My favorite memory was traveling to Ethiopia to lead an R coding workshop for fellows on one of our lab’s research projects. I enjoyed interacting face-to-face with colleagues I had only ever met on Zoom and spending time with my lab-mates exploring a new culture. A huge thanks to my amazing lab-mates, friends, family, and staff at CFI who helped me reach this point. Drew received a PhD and was advised by Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk.
Zhong Dong – The past four years and a half had not only been the journey toward my degree but also a period in which I became more mature and independent. There are a lot of “first times” for me during these years. My first car, the first dish that I cooked for my friend, the first badminton racquet that I bought for myself, the first goal of mine on soccer fields, my first travel experience with my girlfriend... There are so many memories, and I will never forget my time at the OSU. Zhong received a PhD and was advised by Dr. Melvin Pascall.
Ariel Garsow – Ariel received a PhD and was advised by Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk.
Ellia La – I will forever remember my basement + 3rd floor friends’ generosity in sharing their snacks with me. Moments of celebration that I will remember until retirement: when I finally finished semi-prepping for isolates, going to Amsterdam for an international conference, getting my manuscript accepted, and being called Dr. La. Ellia received a PhD and was advised by Dr. Monica Giusti.