"STEM Leaders has been a great resource for me during my time here at OSU. I came in not knowing all of the different paths I could take relating to animal science. I was able to find the Human-Animal Interaction lab and work as a research assistant. From this experience, I was introduced to the study of animal behavior, and I was able to change my option and begin learning and making connections around this subject. I’ve been able to stay in contact with the members of the lab over the years and assist with various projects.
I’ve gained confidence, professionalism, and networking that I wouldn’t have expected to receive during my 4 years here. I was also able to learn about the research process and mentor freshman students, passing on some tips and knowledge. I am so grateful for the mentors and guidance I have been given by the faculty members of STEM Leaders. This program has helped to make my college experience engaging and has set me up for future success."
Advice for future STEM Leaders:
"I would advise future STEM Leaders to fully explore your options. I was not aware of all the paths I could take and being able to work in a lab in any department allowed me to search and look around. It may be smart to try something that isn’t exactly aligned with your plans and you may be surprised to find an interest in something new! I wasn’t aware of the animal behavior option in my major and once I joined the lab and was able to give it a shot, I made connections and found other career paths to look into.
I would also advise students to use all resources available to them. This school is filled with mentors and connections that are willing to help you financially, mentally, and with future career aspirations. You don’t have to struggle through these 4 years on your own, and having a support system has helped me tremendously."