Student Opportunities

Are you interested in learning more about human-animal interactions?

We have many opportunities and events throughout the year for students! Below is a list of our ongoing events and programs:

CHAIRE/Wilds Pseudo In-Situ Conservation Short Course

Annual course offered the first weekend of Autumn semester, including presentations, hands-on learning activities, and an overnight "bushcamp" experience at the Wilds.

Hear about students' experiences at the 2021 course at this link: Wilds Short Course

Photo of students sitting in outdoor pavilion watching speaker give presentation Group photo of students in front of rhino pen at the Wilds

animal welfare judging team

Coached by Dr. Jess Pempek and Zach England, the award-winning OSU Animal Welfare Judging Team competes each year in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)'s Animal Welfare Judging/Assessment Contest. The contest provides undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary students the opportunity to learn from animal welfare experts and develop skills in scientific evaluation of welfare, sound logic and reasoning, and effective communication.

For more information about the contest click here: AVMA AWJAC

To get involved with the team, contact Dr. Pempek ( or Zach England (

Human-Animal Interactions Global Education Program

This program occurs annually, with the next program being offered Winter Break 2022, and updated information can be found at this link: HAI Global Education

Students on HAI Global Education trip in Spain   O-H-I-O Student Picture on Global Education Trip   Student on Global Education Trip to Italy   Group Photo on Global Education Trip to Italy

Undergraduate Research

If you are a student interested in research in human-animal interactions, visit our members list here for faculty profiles or email

Watch these videos to hear about current & past undergraduate research projects through CHAIRE:





Human-animal interactions minor

For current undergraduate students, we offer a Human-Animal Interactions minor! Students from across the university can take coursework in a variety of topics within human-animal interactions, including the potential for global education opportunities.

View the curriculum for the HAI minor below, or contact Dr. Kelly George ( for more information. HAI Minor

Human-Animal Interactions Club

Did you know we also have a Human-Animal Interactions Club for undergraduate students?

To learn more about our club click this link: HAI Club Facebook

hai club   HAI Club members standing in front of sloths at sloth yoga event  HAI Club at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium  HAI Club volunteering at Ohio Wildlife Center