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Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP)



  • The Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) is a one-of-a-kind opportunity created to enhance your success as a second-year student at OSU. ​

  •  Through interaction with a STEP Faculty Mentor and a small group of peers, you will have the opportunity to engage in a truly transformational experience across the course of your second year.  ​

  • Fall semester is focused on community building, goal setting, personal growth and identity exploration through engaging discussions and activities.  ​

  • In the spring semester, your Faculty Mentor will guide you through the process of crafting a proposal for a STEP Signature Project.​


ELIGIBILITY:  Eligible if graduated high school the previous year.

The Importance of STEP

  • Develop a meaningful relationship with a faculty member.  Dr. Dan Linden and Dr. Eric Williams are the faculty mentors on the Wooster/ATI Campus​

  • In the fall, expand your network of peers through weekly cohort meetings that will be taking place virtually.​

  • Identify ways to enhance your personal, academic and career goals.​

  • Strengthen your communication and networking skills with support from peers and a faculty mentor committed to your success​

  • Receive a fellowship up to $2000.00 to engage in one of the six STEP Signature Project areas.

What will you get out of STEP

  • Engagement with faculty outside of the classroom​

  • Engage in programs and opportunities you may not otherwise be able to  ​

  • Interaction with other second-year students​

  • Funding up to $2000. for a unique educational experience​

  • Will be subject to meeting program requirements and having proposal approved​

  • Opportunity to try something new and challenging that will:​

  • Make you more marketable ​

  • Allow you to do something catered to YOUR interests​

  • Make your OSU experience all the more meaningful

If interested, email

Faculty Mentors:

Dr. Dan Linden         

Dr. Eric Williams


Program Coordinator:

Penny Nemitz