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About the Students

Ashley KiteAshley Kite

Year: Senior
Major: Human Services (Child Life Specialist Certification upon graduation)
Hometown: Elkhart, IN

Working on research as an undergraduate: Working in the research lab the last year-and-a-half with Dr. Franks and Dr. Seidel has been an amazing experience.  I have gotten to help code various projects and have been able to work with my team members, Amber and Kaitlyn, to create and present a poster for our most recent project.  With help from Dr. Seidel and Justin Briggs, that poster was accepted as a paper for the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Conference in San Antonio, TX in November and we are all thrilled to have been given such an experience.

My dream job: Working as a Certified Child Life Specialist.

Advice to First year students: Get involved.  Whether it be with research, or sports or any of the musical organizations we have on campus, as well as joining clubs that spark your interests.  The more involved you are, the happier you will be.  Not only does getting involved allow you to pursue things you already love, it allows you the opportunity to try new things.  Being involved helps you make life-long friendships and support systems throughout your journey here at Purdue.  There is something for everyone, so get out there and enjoy your college experience!


Kaitlyn PlewniakKaitlyn Plewniak

Year: Junior
Major: Speech Language Hearing Sciences
Hometown: Munster, IN

Working on research as an undergraduate: My experience in the lab has been incredible. I have learned so much about the research process. I hope that one day I will be able to use the research in my professional career.

My Dream Job: My dream job is to become an Audiologist. I cannot imagine not being able to hear your family and friends. I want to help the patient with their hearing. I also want to help the family better understand hearing loss and how hearing loss affects the patient.

Advice to First year students: My advice to a first year student would be to talk to your professors. They are extremely helpful and experts in their field. They can give you more insight for different paths to take in your career. Also, find some thing that you are passionate and get involved with that in any way possible.


Amanda WelchAmanda Welch

Year: Senior
Major: Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Hometown: Schererville, Indiana

Working on research as an undergraduate: Being a part of a research lab has truly changed my college career for the better. There is so much that you learn, and knowledge you gain from being a part of a research project. Working on this project has been an amazing experience and gives you perspective of all the hard work that happens behind the scenes. It is nice to understand all the work and dedication that goes into a research project so that you can actually appreciate all of the work and studies you read throughout college. I am truly grateful for the experience and am very happy that I took the opportunity while I had the chance.

My Dream Job: My dream job would be working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. I would absolutely love to work with patients who have suffered some type of accident and be able to help them communicate again. I want to work in a hospital and be able to bring happiness back into people’s lives after a hard time by rehabilitating their communication skills.

Advice to First year students: If I could give any advice to a first year student it would be to choose a major that you absolutely love. Do not pick a major based on salary or any other reason other than because you are truly going to love what you are doing. Once you find what you love, stick to it and give it everything you have. Never give up and don’t lose motivation, because all of the hard work will truly be worth it in the end.


Funding for the students provided by the Center for Families Research Enhancement Grant with matching funds from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.