Choose Ohio First

The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program awards Ohio colleges, universities and their business partners that have developed innovative academic programs to recruit and retain more Ohio students into STEMM fields. The funding that they receive is used to offer scholarships for those programs to current and potential students.

Through generous support from the Ohio Board of Regents Case Western Reserve University participates in the Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program. The funding CWRU receives is used to offer scholarships in the following programs:

Eligibility Requirements

  • Case Western Reserve University Student, Enrolled Fall 2014 (exception for BSN-MSN Bridge Program)
  • Ohio Resident
  • Students on full scholarships are NOT eligible
  • Agreement to follow Choose Ohio First program requirements

Success in Mathematics

The Success in Mathematics program is awarded to first-year STEMM majors who enroll in Math 121 or Math 125 during their Fall semester. Students work closely with their course instructors to develop a plan for successful completion of their mathematics requirements. Additionally, scholarship recipients participate in a series of social, educational, and mentoring events throughout the year that culminates with a mandatory research poster session each spring.

Program Specific Activities

Past programming events have included:

  • Panel discussion with current STEMM graduate students
  • Dinner with the Deans
  • Panel Discussion on Job Interviews
  • Dinner with student STEMM group representatives
  • Med School panel with pre-med advisor and Case Medical School admissions
  • Resume Writing workshop
  • Annual COF research poster session

Eligibility

  • First year student with a declared STEMM interest;
  • Enrolled in Math 121 or 125 during their Fall semester;
  • Have a demonstrated financial need; and
  • Meet state and federal financial aid eligibility requirements.

Application Process

Eligible first-year students are invited to apply in August. Choose Ohio First Scholars who maintain good academic standing, demonstrate satisfactory progress toward a STEMM degree, and participate in required program activities may renew the scholarship for up to four years (8 semesters) total.

Contact

Christopher Butler, Mathematics Department
chris@case.edu

Bioinformatics

The primary objective of this Choose Ohio First Scholarship (COF) Program is to support increased higher education participation and success of Ohio students in bioinformatics, computational biology and health informatics. Bioinformatics, computational biology, imaging, clinical and translational informatics, health informatics are broad areas concerned with the study and application of computer science, information science, informatics, cognitive science and human-computer interaction in the practice of biomedicine and healthcare.

Program Specific Activities

  • Great Lakes Annual Symposium on Bioinformatics
  • COF scholar gathering once a semester

Eligibility Requirements

  • Both undergraduate and graduate students may qualify.
  • COF scholars must be current residents of Ohio, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Application Process

Email application material including cv, faculty mentor support letter and an activity plan. We are moving from a biannual application (fall and spring) to annual application at the beginning of fall semester. COF awards are renewable based on satisfactory participation in planned activities and progress towards academic objectives.

Contact

Professor GQ Zhang, Program Director
gq@case.edu
Jeralynne Androski
jxa136@case.edu

Systems Biology and Bioinformatics Graduate Program

The Systems Biology and Bioinformatics (SYBB) Ph.D. program at CWRU offers trainees the opportunity to combine both experimental and computational or mathematical disciplines to understand complex biological systems and disease processes at the molecular level. The goal of this program is to produce scientists who are leaders in interdisciplinary research.

The SYBB program will train scientists who are able to generate and analyze high dimensional experimental data for biomedical research and who can also develop physical or computational models of the molecular components that drive the emergent properties of the system under study. The focus areas of the program are molecular systems biology and systems medicine.

Eligibility

  • Enrollment in the Systems Biology and Bioinformatics Graduate Program

Application Process

SYBB students will be invited to apply upon enrollment into the SYBB program.

Contact

Joan Schenkel, SYBB Program Coordinator
joan.schenkel@case.edu

BSN-MSN Bridge Program

The purpose of this program is to expand the number of primary care advanced practice nurses in Ohio and to support Cleveland State University Nursing students transitioning into the MSN program at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. Two courses taken at CSU will be applied toward MSN course requirements at CWRU.

Eligibility

  • CSU nursing student, graduating with BSN degree within 9 months of the application;
  • Committed to applying to CWRU FPB SON primary care NP program (Pediatric NP, Women.s health NP, Family systems psychiatric mental health NP, Adult-gerontology NP, Family NP, and nurse midwifery);
  • Grade point average of 3.3 or higher;
  • Must enroll in and complete NUR 502 and NUR 502 at CSU in Spring or Summer terms;
  • Current FAFSA on file with Financial Aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov).

Application Process

Eligible students will be invited to apply; information sessions will be presented at CSU during the fall semester each year. Applications accepted in fall prior to start of spring semester to facilitate course planning.

Contact

Elizabeth Madigan, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
elizabeth.madigan@case.edu