CURRENT UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS
Sarah Romer is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the OHIO Honors Program majoring in Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Ohio University. She received an Honors Research Apprentice working on conservation of native pollinators (#BeyondBees) and outreach education in 2019 and has continued in the lab ever since. You can hear more about the research in her OHIO University Education video here (which was awarded 1st place). She is also a member of Ohio University’s Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, Sigma Xi Honors Society, and Wildlife Club. Sarah has received scholarships from the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and Canton Audubon for her accomplishments in community engagement through science communication. She hopes she can communicate her love of science and insects to the general public.
Sarah has always had a passion for the outdoors, follow her hiking, geocaching, or bird- and bug- watching adventures at @romerisherenow
Wesley Beuck is a fifth-year undergraduate student majoring in Biological Sciences at Ohio University. His first two years of undergraduate were spent studying neuroscience at Morehead State University where he researched the effects of various drugs on emotion recognition. Although much of his time there was spent studying clinical neuroscience, Wesley has recently become interested in investigating sensory transduction in swarming flies in our lab (#FlashingWingbeats). In his free time, Wesley can be found volunteering, hiking, gardening, or cooking.
Follow Wesley on Twitter for LIVE science updates @WesleyBeuck
Maddie Schafer is a second-year undergraduate student in the OHIO Honors Program majoring in Biological Sciences and Chemistry Pre-Medicine at Ohio University. She is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon (the Pre Medical Fraternity), the Red Cross Club, and Microbiology Club (and if there was an “bug” club she would also join that!). Maddie has a LOT of interests from public and global health, insect behavior and medical entomology and bacteria colony morphology. As such, Maddie has one foot in the Brodie Lab and another foot in the Weyand Lab working with Neisseria (a bacteria that can cause meningitis or gonorrhoea) and its different colony forms and structures. Maddie is currently working in the lab as an Ohio Honors Research Apprentice helping to wrap up the #MidgeManagementOH project but, in the future, hopes to fund her own project that combines her love for entomology and microbiology. When not in a lab, class, or studying in the library, Maddie can be found swimming or relaxing in a hammock outside.
Garrett Rees is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the OHIO Honors Program majoring in Biological Science at Ohio University. He has interests in medicine and neuroscience and is currently studying for the MCAT in hopes to specialize in medicine and become a family doctor. Garrett received an OHIO Honors Research Apprenticeship to investigate the conversion of visual sensory stimuli in the mosquito Culex pipiens. Working in the lab and studying for the MCAT monopolizes the majority of Garrett’s days (and nights) but he also finds time to preside as the President of Ohio University’s Student Alumni Board, and is a active member of Phi Delta Epsilon (the Pre Medical Fraternity) and the Jazz Club.
Evelyn Blakeman, 2018-2022 PACE recipient, Undergraduate Research Student, and Departmental Honors Student (Ohio University Graduate – B.S. in Biology, Freshwater, Marine, and Environmental Science). 2022 Alumni currently applying for graduate school.
Helen Stec, 2020-202 HTC Research Apprentice (Ohio University Graduate – Honors Tutorial College Student – B.S. in Neuroscience). 2020 Alumni currently attending graduate school in the Sandkam Lab at Cornell University.
Wesley Walsh, 2021-2022 Undergraduate Research Student and Departmental Honors Student (Ohio University Graduate – B.S. in Biology, Freshwater, Marine, and Environmental Science). 2022 Alumni currently working for Lawhon and Associates in Columbus, OH, as an Ecological Consulting Intern.
Makayla Deyling, 2021-2022 Undergraduate Research Student – (Ohio University Graduate – B.S. in Biology, pre-professional). 2022 Alumni currently preparing for medical school.
Morgan Bickel, 2019-2020 OHIO Honors Apprentice (Ohio University Graduate – B.S. in Biology, pre-professional). 2022 Alumni currently taking classes to become an EMT in St. Louis, MI and then on to Med School.
Madeline Sudnick, 2018-2020 Undergraduate Research Student (Ohio University Graduate – Honors Tutorial College Student – B.S. in Biology). 2020 Alumni currently attending graduate school in the DuRant Lab at the University of Arkansas.
Mitch Duffner, 2018-2020 Undergraduate Research Student (Honors Tutorial College Student – B.S. in Biology). 2020 Alumni.
Glenn Pauley, 2018 Undergraduate Research Student – Presented in the first ever Ohio University Virtual Student Expo, April 2020. 2022 Alumni currently attending medical school at The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University.
Julie Hixon, 2018 Undergraduate Research Student (Ohio University Chillicothe Graduate – B.S. in Biology), 1st Place Poster Presentation Award – Ohio University Student Expo, April 2018. 2019 Alumni currently working at Adena Regional Medical Hospital.
Aydan Wilson, 2017 PACE recipient and Undergraduate Research Student (Ohio University Graduate – B.S. in Plant Biology). 2017 Alumni currently working at Scotts Miracle-Gro.