Ian Smith

Ian Smith

ADA, Ohio – Ohio Northern University student Ian Smith, a graduate of East Liverpool High School, is among current and former ONU students who, in collaboration with faculty mentors, have been involved in a high-impact learning experience that resulted in the publication of an article in a prestigious research journal. Smith is majoring in psychology.

The article, “A predator-based psychosocial stress animal model of PTSD in females: Influence of estrous phase and ovarian hormones,” was published in the September 2019 edition of Hormones and Behavior. The project was supported by a $411,453 research grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute that was awarded to ONU Associate Professor of Psychology Phillip Zoladz, Ph.D., and former ONU pharmacy faculty member Boyd Rorabaugh.

“From working on this project, I have gained additional experience in conducting psychological research, which will be invaluable for me in my career,” said Smith, a senior psychology major. “I believe that having an understanding of how a research lab operates gives me an advantage in my future pursuits.”

Smith plans to attend graduate school and study psychology. “I would like to one day teach at a university and give undergraduate students the same research opportunities that I have had in college,” he said. “It is rare for undergraduate students to be so heavily involved in federally-funded research projects like this,” Zoladz said. “The students were very hands-on. Under faculty supervision, they ran the labs and did the work. This is professional experience that will be of great benefit to them in pursuing careers or graduate school.”

The article is available online: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0018506X19302247?via%3Dihub