The Ohio State University at Lima

Mentorship Program Biographies

Dr. Meggie Young

As a faculty member in the Department of Music at The Ohio State University at Lima, Dr. Meggie Young teaches group piano classes and applied piano lessons, as well as other general art education courses. Young holds a Doctor of Music degree in Music and Human Learning with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Nancy Garrett and piano pedagogy with Martha Hilley. She also holds graduate degrees from Bowling Green State University in piano performance and collaborative piano.

Her current research focuses on curricular development for group piano courses that emphasize the training of functional piano skills with a strong base in tonal theory as well as teaching private piano lessons to students with disabilities. These emphases have led to publications in Music Education Research, MTNA e-Journal, Clavier Companion, Proceedings of the 2015 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the Proceedings of the 21st International Seminar of the ISME Commission on the Education of the Professional Musician. She’s presented at state, national, and international music teacher events. Dr. Young’s awards include the 2017 Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2015 Research Poster Award – Professional Division at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and grants from the Ohio State University at Lima and the Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences.

Shivani Bhatt

My name is Shivani, and I am a fourth-year student at Ohio State University. I am double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience, a decision I attribute to the various coursework and research opportunities at Ohio State Lima. During my first year at the Lima campus, I was involved in Psychology club and took a Life Span and Development course with Dr. Tompkins which prompted me to reach out to her. I assisted in the lab through Theory of Mind book coding, and eventually teamed up with a partner on a project that explored the relationships between Grandparent Financial Support, Socioeconomic Status, and Parental Stress. I gained experience in CITI training, statistical analyses, and critical thinking skills. As I progressed in Biology coursework (Biology 1113 and 1114), I realized that I was interested in the interface between biology and psychology. My decision to pursue Neuroscience led me to the goal of gaining molecular techniques in a Biology lab. I participated in Dr. Norris’ lab for over a year. Through the use of DNA methodology, I sequenced 83 samples of voles from Northern Pakistan. When I started, scientists thought only three species existed. My results seem to indicate that there are five, including one possible new species. I further gained “dry lab” skills such as phylogenetic analysis techniques, and the ability to write a research thesis that we are converting into a scientific publication.

My dream is to become a research scientist at a university or private research facility, and hopefully add to the arsenal of research in a way that helps humanity. I am working to achieve this goal by starting a new Psychology research project in the fall, and by hopefully shadowing in a Neuroscience lab in Spring. I thought back to how intimidated I was to participate in research labs my Sophomore year of university in these summer months and remembered how grateful I was to learn from other undergraduate students as well as incredible faculty mentors. I brought this idea of creating an undergraduate research community through a mentoring program to Dr. Young (which is launching this year).

I would love to see all of you at some of our events this year and enjoy all that research has to offer on the Ohio State Lima campus!