Research Opportunity Enriches Learning for Student Veteran
NEWARK, Ohio, April 4, 2017 – The Ohio State University at Newark student Reese Ogle said couldn’t pass up the opportunity to conduct research and present a poster at the 13th annual Student Research Forum in March. The psychology major and U.S. Marine Corps veteran believes what he learned conducting experiments alongside Assistant Professor of Psychology Chris Robinson deepened his understanding of the human brain and will help him pursue a career counseling other veterans.
Ogle conducted the experiments in the Psychology Lab at Ohio State Newark to determine if auditory stimuli automatically take precedence over visual processing. In other words, do humans react to what they hear or what they see first, when both are presented simultaneously?
“It opened my eyes to how research is conducted,” said Ogle. “It’s something I would recommend to other students. Working with professors to collect data, it exposed me to what kind of research is being done and the problems that could arise.”
The 24-year old graduated from Utica High School in 2010 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed in California and later deployed to Afghanistan with an artillery unit for seven months.
“I tell everyone who asks me that serving overseas makes you appreciate what we have. Things we take for granted, they don’t have,” said Ogle. “I’m lucky enough not to have been traumatized by it, but a lot of my buddies struggle with some mental issues from what they witnessed over there every day. So, one of my possible career options would be counseling. I want to help veterans who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.”
Ogle said he chose Ohio State Newark after returning home because of the affordable cost and smaller class sizes. He is the first person in his family to ever attend college and was able to participate in the Buckeye Generation Learning Community (BGLC). The BGLC was created in 2012 after administrators realized first-generation college students on campus were in need of support.
Students in the BGLC take three common courses in the autumn semester, which include two general education courses and a first-year introductory course. They are required to engage in social and cultural activities and receive tutoring support for learning community courses facilitated by peer coaches. The students also receive a $300 book stipend for autumn semester and must have a 2.2 GPA in the autumn semester to get another $300 book stipend for spring semester.
“If I had struggles, I could go talk to the peer coaches,” said Ogle. “It was a great experience for someone like me who had no college background. I didn’t have a parent I could go ask for help because they had no experience with college.”
Ogle is scheduled to graduate after autumn semester 2017. He plans to return to the military before returning to school to complete his master’s degree.
The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.