Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research

Near the end of the first semester of my freshman year, I used the Federal Work-Study Job Board to look for a job. This is how I originally became a member of my lab, which as of now I am a full-time employee of. I work as a research assistant within the Stress & Health Lab at the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research within The Ohio State University Medical Center and as a personal assistant to Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD.

Dr. Kiecolt-Glaser is the Principal Investigator for the OSU Stress & Health Lab, a Distinguished University Professor, a S. Robert Davis Chair of Medicine, a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at The Ohio State University, and has been published 196 times. My long-term career goals do not involve psychology nor research, but working at the IBMR has taught me a lot about the healthcare field, ethics, and the necessary components of a research project. As an OSU Medical Center employee, I feel privileged to have many opportunities that most undergraduate students don’t; I am continuously networking and building my resume through experiences made available to me here. I look forward to my coming years in the Stress & Health Lab and building a strong professional relationship with my PI, who I know will write me a very influential letter of recommendation for when I apply to medical school.

October Scholars Event

On October 7th, 2016, the Biological Science Scholars teamed up with STEM Scholars and Humanitarian Engineering Scholars to take a trip to the Darby Corn Maize. I didn’t really gain anything educational from this experience but I did gain some kettle corn and a cute little pumpkin. Here is a picture of me and two of my roommates from freshman year, Sam and Emma.


Year in Review

I began my time at Ohio State by participating in the Buckeye First Program: an experience that made me realize all that I had to be proud of as a first-generation college student. This confidence helped me to start my year right, and the Biological Scholars Program gave me the opportunities to act on that confidence. Since joining Scholars, I have became a more mature individual and I have been more aware of the community around me. Being able to explore Columbus has made me a more independent student and has taught me to be grateful for the things that I often take for granted. I have also became more aware of the diversity around me; in high school, I went to a predominantly white school where there was no cultural diversity. Now, I have friends from all different cultures and it has helped me to become a more well-rounded, open-minded person.

Before coming to Ohio State, I was worried about not going outside of my comfort zone. Since thinking that, I have become involved in not only Scholars, but in the Barrett-Nosker Governing Organization and the American Red Cross Club as well. I am also currently in the process of applying for my passport to go on a medical service trip to Honduras after the spring semester. This has been a big leap of faith for me; not only have I never left the country before, but I have also never rode a plane. This is an opportunity that was presented to me through a Scholars seminar and I can’t wait to see what other opportunities that Scholars will bring me.

Not only has Scholars given me all of my best friends, it also has given me something to be proud of.


Global Awareness: Students cultivate and develop their appreciation for diversity and each individual’s unique differences.

I plan to pursue the STEP program my sophomore year to see how I can get involved with study abroad mission trips.


Original Inquiry: Honors & Scholars students understand the research process by engaging in experiences ranging from in-class scholarly endeavors to creative inquiry projects to independent experiences with top researchers across campus and in the global community.

I hope to find something that sparks my interest during my freshman year that I could pursue the summer between my freshman and sophomore years.

Academic Enrichment: Honors & Scholars students pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom.

I plan to stay over the summer to complete a few courses that will put me in a good place to pursue minors in Medical Humanities as well as Chemistry.

Leadership Development: Honors & Scholars students develop leadership skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities, and in their future roles in society.

I am a member of the BNGO Executive Board. (see Artifacts #1 post)

Service Engagement: Honors & Scholars students commit to service to the community.

I plan to volunteer at the James Cancer Hospital, Nationwide Children’s, and The Physician’s Free Clinic. I hope to get involved with at least one of these next semester. 


Artifact #1

In high school, a lot of my time was spent being a leader. One of the goals I set out to achieve upon coming to Ohio State was to get involved in some sort of leadership role that I could carry with me throughout the next four years. I have found that role within the Barrett-Nosker Governing Organization.

I am the Biological Sciences Scholars Chair Representative on the BNGO Executive Board. We meet for two hours every Tuesday night to plan events, hear ideas, and allocate student resources to benefit the residents within Barrett and Nosker House. A lot of time and planning go into organizing events for the residents, and it’s my job to coordinate events that would appeal to Biological Science Scholars.

The time and effort I put into BNGO each week are well spent. I know that, at the end of each meeting, I’m learning more and more how to be a leader and a teammate. Barrett-Nosker is a new complex as of this year so there is a lot of room for growth- which I am very excited to be apart of.


About Me


Aley Lind was born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 11th, 1997. She attended k-12 in Wadsworth, Ohio, just outside of Akron. Aley hopes to shadow surgeons throughout her undergraduate education as well as take on an internship through a medical organization such as the Red Cross. Aley hopes to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Medical Humanities. After undergraduate, Aley hopes to attend medical school where she aspires to be a trauma surgeon in a teaching hospital.