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Julie Swaringim-Griffin

Julie Swaringim-Griffin
Julie Swaringim-Griffin was recognized as one of 338 Oklahomans honored with a NextGen Under 30 Award. “It’s surprising and exciting,” she said. “The award is a celebration of young professionals who are doing great things within their jobs and have a bright future ahead.” At 28, Swaringim-Griffin is director of the TRIO Talent Search program at Oklahoma State University. In addition to working full-time, Swaringim-Griffin is pursuing a doctorate in educational psychology, is president of the Educational Psychology Student Society and is teaching an undergraduate inclusion leadership course. Dr. Clyde Wilson, director of the McNair Scholars Program nominated Swaringim-Griffin, “From the time I met Julie, I was impressed with her ability to connect with students. It is important to lead by example and to see Julie pursue her dreams and pursue her passion while at the same time serving as a bridge-builder to those that come behind her — it was kind of a no-brainer to nominate her.”

Kyle Clayton & Will James

Kyle Clayton and William James
Kyle Clayton and William James were accepted to participate in the American Psychological Association’s Division 15 Claire Ellen Weinstein Annual Graduate Student Seminar during the 2019 APA conference. This student seminar is very competitive, and this is a testament to how hard they work as doctoral students in our program. We’re very proud of their accomplishments and look forward to seeing their future successes!

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Dr. Emily Finney

Dr. Emily Finney
On March 29, 2019, Ms. Emily Finney successfully defended her dissertation, Examining teacher efficacy and sense of responsibility in relation to burnout in alternatively certified teachers, becoming DR. Emily Finney in the process. We wish her the best and we look forward to following her career. Congratulations Dr. Finney!

Kane Mach

Kane Mach
“I chose OSU because it has an innovating, rigorous, and well-known educational psychology program with leading faculty in the field who support their students with genuine funding, teaching, and research opportunities. I truly believe the educational psychology program at OSU provided me with the challenging academic practices of a prestigious university, combined with the one-on-one care and commitment of a small private school. I love and appreciate all of the experiences that OSU, EHA, and the EPSY program have afforded me, and I feel well prepared to begin my career!"

Laura GIlley

Laura Gilley
“I had received my undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State and thought I should look elsewhere for my graduate degree. However, when I met with Dr. Yough and learned of the class opportunities with the OSU Educational Psychology program, I knew it was a good fit for me. The online program is supportive of my full-time position as an Oklahoma fifth grade teacher, and the information that I have learned thus far has already been of great value to me. I have "met" many wonderful people within this program and look forward to the continued learning I will receive.”

William James

William James
“I chose the OSU educational psychology program based on both content and faculty.  I am a nationally licensed school psychologist, but I wanted to broaden my studies beyond my discipline. I chose to pursue a Ph.D. in educational psychology because I believed the developmental and motivational focus of the program would expand my existing knowledge base and skill set. Further, as my dissertation and career goals involve online learning, I was both interested in, and impressed by, Dr. Jane Vogler’s research analyzing online student discourse.”

 
Chrsitina Reiger

Christina Regier
“I chose OSU because of the opportunities I would have to do what I love! I was looking for an environment that would allow me to continually push me as a student and propel me forward for my future career endeavors. I have no doubt attending OSU will set up for success as I continue on with my coursework. I am glad I chose OSU!