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Welcome, Dr. Canan!

May. 30, 2023
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OSU Extension and Ohio 4-H are pleased to introduce Dr. Cynthia Canan as the new Extension STEM Specialist for 4-H.

Canan comes to 4-H from OSU’s College of Pharmacy where she focused on outreach programs that included directing the Generation Rx lab and Pills, Potions, and Poisons summer day camp. She is also part of the planning committee for WestFest, OSU’s West Campus Science and Sustainability Festival hosted each fall to highlight STEM research, sustainability initiatives and outreach programs on campus and beyond. 

In her new role, Canan will lead STEM education efforts in 4-H. She will focus on developing resources and connections to innovative STEM activities, program research, and the impact of 4-H STEM education in Ohio.

Canan looks forward to being a bridge between 4-H and the resources available at OSU. “Outreach education is at the heart of 4-H programming,” said Canan. "I ​am excited to work with our 4-H professionals to develop a lasting impact with their STEM programs and promote lifelong learning in youth.”

 Canan holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and Ph.D. in biomedical research from The Ohio State University.