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Class of 2017: Jenn Eidemiller

Jenn, from Mason, Ohio, decided to study Psychology because she was interested in learning and understanding how and why people are motivated to create change.  Jenn started her research experience as an RA in the Subjective Perspectives Research lab. While in this lab, she spent time narrowing her interests down within the realm of Social Psychology. She is now in her final year and working in the Motivation and Cognition Lab.

Jenn is completing her own thesis, which examines how people are motivated to accept feedback about their bias regarding women’s participation in STEM fields, specifically targeting egalitarians. One of her favorite moments was getting to present her own research at a poster forum; she found the experience to be incredibly motivating and validating. For future students looking to work in a research lab, Jenn urges them to get involved early and reach out to graduate students and professors to learn more about their work. 

After graduation, Jenn will continue volunteering for Buckeye Regional Anti-Violence Organization while taking a gap year before applying to graduate school.

Dexter McNabb

Class of 2018: Dexter McNabb

Dexter from Westerville, Ohio, chose Psychology as a major because he has always been interested in exactly why people behave certain ways and the mechanics behind their behavior.

Dexter participated in the Psychology and Culture in Europe trip. When Dexter was asked to describe his education abroad trip to Rome, Venice, and London, he said that traveling abroad was the greatest experience of his life. The most unforgettable experience to him was learning to row a gondola in the canals of Venice, Italy. He also visited the island of San Servolo which held an old insane asylum that had been turned into a museum and college. Seeing the stark contrast of how mental health patients were treated in the past to the current treatment allowed him to have a greater appreciation for the progress that has been made and the contribution of psychology in this progress. He does regret taking a 4-hr nap in Venice, realizing all of the cool things he could have done instead of napping.

After graduation, Dexter plans to attend graduate school for School Psychology.


Class of 2020: Andrew Burt

Andrew is an incoming freshman from Baltimore, Maryland. Psychology appeals to Andrew because he loves interacting with people, and has always had a knack for lifting moods. He hopes to learn more about how the human mind functions and ultimately to attend graduate school after graduation.

Andrew describes himself as carrying a good sense of humor at all times.His favorite non-academic author is Alexander Hamilton, and his most prized possession is his guitar

Reason for Leaving Maryland: Drawn to OSU for the Midwestern vibes and the great atmosphere of Columbus

Favorite Quote:“Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded" - Yogi Berra.Andrew says he likes this quote because it makes people think for a second and laugh, which are two things he thinks people should do more often

Title of the Movie About His Life: Happy Accident


Nikki Puccetti

Class of 2017: Nikki Puccetti

Nikki received a Psychology Conference Presentation Award for funds to support her trip to Atlanta, GA for The Cognitive Aging Conference to present her research poster.

Nikki stated, “CAC served as an enlightened experience, fostering many first time experiences for me. I am a stronger researcher and a more-rounded academic since attending this conference. This project has not left my lab until now, so sharing the results and the interpretations was nerve wracking but rewarding. I could see firsthand how the exchange of such information and ideas could lead to real-world, practical benefits more than ever. I enjoyed speaking about my research that I have been so diligently working on. I also was able to meet students doing similar work from across the world, as well as experts whose work has influenced my own. I am grateful to have had the opportunity not just to present my own work, but also attend talks from some of the most influential leaders in the field. As I approach the application stage of graduate school in clinical psychology, it is valuable to really see what that path could look like. It was truly a transformative process, with immense responsibility and reward.”