Hanna Paulose’s vision to make a difference started when she was just a young girl. As a fourth-grader, Paulose planted a small forest on her grandparents’ farmland in her native India. As a teen, she combated the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in their farm community. Because the chemicals were linked to reduced crop productivity and hurt the local ecosystem, Paulose’s work helped develop biofertilizers and educate farmers about how to use them.
Now, at age 25, Paulose is still protecting the environment. The doctoral student in consumer sciences is the first Ohio State student to receive a PhD Research Fellowship with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
During her year with the UNWTO in Madrid, Paulose will develop a survey of sustainable tourism strategies, organize an event at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and update guidelines to measure the impact of tourism. “Ohio State took off the restraints I had in pursuing what I wanted to do,” she said. “It would never have happened without EHE and the university.”