Department of Psychology Title The Ohio State University

Student Spotlight

Curious About OSU's Psychology Majors?
Listed are several OSU psychology undergraduates, showcasing the diversity and passions of our students. Check out what draws our students to the major, their accomplishments, and the ways in which they hope to use their degrees after graduation!

Student Spotlight



Class of 2017: Tyler Knaplund

Tyler came to OSU as an undecided transfer student from Tiffin, OH. When it came time to declare a major at the end of his second year, he chose Psychology and German; and over the next few years, fell in love with the research end of Psychology.

Tyler current works in the Psych 2220 Learning Lab, an experience he deems "fantastic". He states, "There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the look on students' faces as they begin to understand a hard statistics concept."

He also completed an honors thesis with Dr. Wegener. Discussing his thesis experience, Tyler noted, "Working with Dr. Wegener helped me to continue on to the next chapter of my education. He not only served as my thesis advisor, but also helped me navigate the process of getting into a graduate program." Tyler's advice to other students is to get involved with research as early as possible!

Recently, Tyler accepted a PhD candidate position at Iowa State University. He heads there next year to continue research and learn as much as he can on his journey to becoming a university professor.





Class of 2017: Jainé VanPutten

Jainé, from Piscataway, NJ, chose to study Psychology because of the diversity of career opportunities. She decided on OSU because of the school atmosphere and abundance of resources.

She has made the most of her time at OSU. She is a Division 1 athlete who spends 20+ hour a week perfecting her gymnastics skills, all while maintaining a full academic schedule each semester. She had many unforgettable experiences, both academically and athletically, but one of her most influential experience was her May study abroad trip to Melbourne, Australia.

Within the Psychology Department, she enjoyed the wide selection of interesting courses. She also stated, "The support I've received from my advisor has been nothing short of amazing." Jainé will begin her Masters of Occupational Therapy program at Tufts University in autumn of 2017.





Class of 2017: Anna Hippler

Anna, from Canal Winchester, Ohio, will be graduating this spring with a BA in Psychology. Anna's favorite classes in the Psychology Department were those taken with Dr. Lisa Cravens-Brown. She enjoyed these classes because she felt they translated into her everyday life, and would encourage others to take course with Dr. Cravens-Brown if they have the chance. Anna stated that these classes in particular (Psych of Gender and Psych of Adolescent Sexuality) expanded her knowledge of "pressing issues in society, such as gender norms and stereotypes, as well as sexual violence."

Her advice to other psychology students is to get involved on campus. She has been a member of an acappella group, as well as a research assistant for both OSU in Educational Psychology as well as for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She feels getting involved, due to the actual hands-on experience, helps students narrow down what they want to do (or not do) after graduation.

Shortly after graduation, Anna will begin her studies in the Masters of Science Nursing program at OSU. She plans on specializing in Pediatric Primary Care.



Jenn_ResearchClass 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.