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Ohio State Lima debuts Early Achievement Alumni Award

As part of Homecoming 2017 Week, Ohio State Lima will celebrate the accomplishments of two young alumni with the inaugural Early Achievement Alumni Award.

Current and past members of the Homecoming Court will join the Alumni Awards Program on Thur., Oct. 5, in Reed Hall. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the program at 6:00 p.m. Ohio State alumni who would like to attend are welcome to RSVP at

Successful Early Achievement Award nominees are advocates for the University and have demonstrated distinctive achievement in a career, civic involvement or both. The Early Achievers have successfully completed at least one term of full time study at Ohio State Lima and graduated not more than 10 years before the award.

Kristin Schafer, MD

Bachelor of Science in Biology, 2012

“Of the dozens of undergraduates I have mentored, Kristin is the best in terms of intellect, synthesis of information, work ethic, and commitment to service. Since leaving Ohio State Lima, she has graduated from medical school, published in medical journals, and demonstrates a continued commitment to helping others.” Dr. Jackie Augustine, associate professor of Biology at Ohio State Lima

Kristin Schafer, MD

While working toward her degree in Biology at Ohio State Lima, Schafer won a competitive Summer Research Fellowship from the Evolution, Ecology and Organismic Biology Department; presented at Lima’s Undergraduate Research Forum and Columbus’ Denman Undergraduate Research Forum; won an Undergraduate Research Award; and was awarded the John P. Hevener Award. Her intellectual curiosity and academic rigor extended far beyond her home field, earning her division and department awards in chemistry, mathematics and classics.

The skills honed at Ohio State Lima served her well as she moved on to the next stage of her education and life. Between her time at Ohio State Lima and medical school, Schafer earned a Surgical Research Intern position at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. While working in the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Task Area, she worked with a team of trauma surgeons and physiologists to explore why some people can tolerate large reductions in blood volume while others can’t. Her work resulted in a scholarly presentation and two published manuscripts.

Schafer went through medical school as a second lieutenant in the US Air Force and now serves as a Captain while she works through her residency rotations. She has been active with a Community Care Clinic, vacation bible schools, Holiday Mail for Heroes and a variety of clubs centered around the medical fields.

Tyler Burklund

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Analysis and Practice, 2013

“Having known Tyler Burklund both personally and professionally over the years, it has been an honor to watch him navigate the road to success. He is well known in the local community as an advocate for special needs students. He is an asset to the field of special education and a strong advocate for Ohio State University.” Sara R. Howe, program director at the Center for Autism and Dyslexia, Findlay

Tyler Burklund

Since graduating from Ohio State University, Tyler Burklund has earned his special education teacher licensure and a Master of Education in Education Leadership. He became the youngest person named as a program director with the Center for Autism and Dyslexia, where he has helped increase student enrollment and foster academic growth in the classroom.

While at the Center for Autism and Dyslexia, Burklund helped develop a Transition Fair with Ohio State to allow high school students their first access to the University and begin to build a critical relationship to future education opportunity. Burklund has also developed and implemented Getting the Right Education for the Adult Transition. The students volunteer in the community while working on transitional skills in the social and employment realms. Burklund serves on the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities and the Allen County Transition Council.