With over 1,000 student organizations, OSU provides a wide range of opportunities to get involved. Student organizations have a significant impact in providing effective learning environments, preparing you to live in a multicultural society and work in a global community.
In addition to building lasting friendships, student organizations provide many benefits including serving as a medium for academic discourse, personal growth, leadership development, intercultural understanding, and community service. There are thousands of students currently involved in organizations, ranging from cooking clubs, to dance team, and more. To find an organization that best fits you, visit the student organization directory.
College and Department Student Organizations
The CFAES campus may be small but the opportunities at limitless. Besides over 1000 university students organizations there are over 50 student organizations within CFAES, including Academic Teams, Greek Organizations, Honoraries and Clubs. There are also several student clubs in HCS.
Students are encouraged to take part in one or more of the college's many student organizations. Through involvement, students develop both personally and professionally and become acquainted with students and faculty who have common interests and backgrounds.
HCS Student Organizations
The Crops and Soils club provides social, educational, and leadership experiences for students interested in the fields of crops, soils, conservation, turf, and other related areas. The club serves as a fundraising organization for the Soils Judging and Weeds Teams at The Ohio State University. We raise funds through various events including hosting a food stand at the Farm Science Review each fall, and selling tomatoes and peppers each spring at the Chadwick Arboretum Spring Plant Sale. These events not only serve as fundraising events, but they also provide members with the opportunity to meet and network with various industry professionals. The club also enjoys having a good time as we participate in activities through both the College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the university as a whole. Each semester we try to participate in university intramural sports such as Dodgeball, Basketball, and Slow Pitch Softball. College activities such as Ag-Olympics and Pumpkin Carving events are also fun activities that we participate in.
Advisor: Dr. David Barker
The Ohio State Student Farm is a 4-acre plot at the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. It is a space for Ohio State students of all identities and academic backgrounds to engage in learning, research, and collaborative projects. This space was created by students with the help of faculty of Horticulture and Crop Science and Engineering Education to empower themselves and future students to experience first-hand the present and future of sustainable agriculture and food justice.
During the academic year, the Student Farm primarily operates as the Student Growing Collaborative.
- The SGC meets bi-weekly for students to learn about and advocate for sustainable agriculture and food justice through workshops and events. This involves organizing educational events both for the Growing Collaborative itself and for the general student public. In the past, the SGC has participated in Time 4 Change week and has organized events such as the Honey Festival and Harvest Festival. During spring semester, the SGC also focuses on preparation for the growing season through crop planning, weed and soil fertility management planning, and space planning.
During the late spring semester and the summer season, the Student Farm's focus shifts towards the production season on the farm.
- This not only includes planting, cultivating, and managing vegetable production, but also running other student-led projects. Examples of past and present projects include: Milpa management, beekeeping, agroforestry management, solar cold storage, compost tea, and various independent student research projects. Students also focus on reaching out to the community, connecting with farmers from across the Greater Columbus area, and donating produce to food security efforts, such as the Buckeye Food Aliance.
Advisor: Dr. Kristin Mercer
Pi Alpha Xi is a national honor society for undergraduate and graduate students in floriculture, ornamental horticulture, and landscape horticulture. Our purpose is to promote fellowship between students, educators, and the professional horticultural community who share in belief of enrichment of human life through plants.
Advisor: Dr. W. Klooster
The purpose of this organization shall be: To provide guidance to Professional Golf Management students using University, College and outside resources. To engage in various forms of recruitment to attract future and current students of the University. To sponsor and participate in activities and encourage rapport among students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the College, School and Major in order to provide for continuing growth of students’ services, scholarship and leadership. To project a professional image of the golf industry and The Ohio State University. To serve as a medium for the exchange of ideas between the golf community and Professional Golf Management students.
Advisor: Chris Walsh
The Turfgrass Club provides students interested in a career in turfgrass management the opportunity to interact professionally and socially with other students, both from OSU and around the nation, as well as industry and academic professionals. Each year the club engages in a variety of activities and community service projects. The group also travels to the both the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America and Sports Turf Managers Association national conferences to participate in each organizations Turfgrass Student Challenge. The club also participates in the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Conference and Show every December.
Advisor: Dr. David Gardner
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