Rachel Carson

At the beginning of her freshman year at Ashland University, Rachel Carson was determined to get the most out of her four years here. Towards the end of her first semester, she was asked to apply to be one of Dr. Mattingly’s research assistants. After being chosen, it opened up the door to countless possibilities. “Being a research assistant has been an opportunity in itself, but it has also allowed me to branch out even further than I would have thought. I worked with Dr. Mattingly and a colleague of his and received the honor of being selected as one of fourteen winners of the Psi Chi Summer Research Grant. With this award I was able to complete research in New Jersey and step off the AU campus.” The numerous research projects that Rachel has been a part of have led her to three conferences across the country. “While scary at first, these conferences have made me more confident in talking about research and with dealing with other professors and students outside of Ashland. In fact, Sarah Guarino, Lauren Goossens and I won a Regional Research award at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference in Pittsburgh, PA this past March. Being a part of Dr. Mattingly’s research lab has given me countless opportunities and has taught me a great deal, especially while being lab  manager. This position has helped me come into this year more than ready to tackle my Honors Capstone research thesis.”

Outside of the lab, Rachel has recently begun an internship at Appleseed—Community Mental Health Center and looks forward to completing the extensive Domestic Violence and Rape Hotline training in order to volunteer later this year. “In addition, I enjoy helping out in Psych Club as social chair, being involved with Psi Chi, and volunteering at events as a CAS Scholar. The opportunities that I have gained at AU—specifically within the department—are countless and have taught me so much.”