Graduating Seniors

This weekend Aayush Sharma and Chloe Lammers graduated with undergraduate degrees from OSU! Aayush graduated with Honors Research Distinction in Neuroscience and Chloe graduated with a degree in Speech and Hearing Science. They will both be off to pursue clinical doctorates in the Fall!


Congratulations Dr. Safdar!

Natalie, our very first graduate student, graduated this weekend with her clinical doctorate in Audiology! She also recently accepted a prestigious position as Clinical Faculty at Eastern Carolina University! Congratulations Dr. Safdar, we’re so very proud of you!

Ice cream social

L to R: Courtney, Aayush, Leah, Chloe, and Jessie

We were finally able to gather as a group  for an ice cream social to celebrate the end of a very long year –Cheers to science for our vaccinations! Our fantastic students were so resilient during this past difficult year and kept our research on track. We had so much to celebrate: Aayush and Chloe will be graduating in a few weeks, Jessie will be leaving for her 4th year clinical + research externship at Boys Town, Courtney has been promoted to our Senior RA, and Leah will be working towards an honors thesis.

Aayush Successfully Defenses Thesis

Our fabulous student Aayush Sharma successfully defended his undergraduate honors research thesis this afternoon! Aayush was our first student to join the lab as an undergraduate student and spend his entire undergraduate career at OSU with us. Aayush will be graduating with an Honors Research Distinction in Neuroscience and has been accepted into Medical School. We’re so incredibly proud of Aayush and can’t wait to see what his future holds!

Aayush’s Research Scholarship

Aayush Sharma, our Senior RA, was awarded a $6000 Undergraduate Research Scholarship Undergraduate Research Scholarship by OSU’s College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. Aayush’s research proposal was selected from a truly excellent
group of submissions, and his selection indicates the committee’s confidence in his ability to complete a significant research project as a prelude to his post-graduate studies and career. With this award, Aayush has been recognized as a person who has the potential to make a substantial contribution to research. Congratulations, Aayush!

Jessie’s Thesis Project

Today, Jessie Lewis successfully defended her Master’s Thesis titled “The impact of neurocognitive skills on degraded sentence recognition.” Jessie’s thesis was presented (via Zoom) in partial fulfillment of the requirements for her PhD. On her thesis committee sat Aaron Moberly, MD and Christina Roup, PhD. Congratulations on your hard work, Jessie! 💪🏻

Undergraduate Thesis Defense

Round of applause to Jillian Harrington for a fantastic thesis defense! 🎉

It was the culmination of 2 years worth of a lot of hard work and late nights, but it paid off tenfold 🥇 Her committee members noted that her thesis was a “pleasure to read and listen to,” “very interesting,” and contained “exciting research with a lot of things to think about.” We’re very proud of Jillian’s grit, mentoring of junior RAs, writing/speaking skills, and ability to answer difficult questions!

Join us in congratulating Jillian on graduating this Spring semester with Honors! 🏆


CogFest 2019

The Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences at OSU hosted it’s annual conference, CogFest, March 24-25th. Each year CogFest invites faculty, students, and community members to explore questions related to human cognition from behavioral, applied, computational modeling, and cognitive neuroscience perspectives. Two of our undergraduate RAs, Julianne Peacock and Gina Vivino, presented their research project examining “Are all directives bad? A look into how maternal linguistic input may serve to bootstrap socially appropriate behavior.” Round of applause for their fantastic work!

Julianne and Gina

In action!