Meet the Fellows

Lauren_BoddyLauren Boddy

I am a Senior at Northern Illinois University, pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Family and Child Studies. My extra-curricular experiences at NIU include Research Rookies, the Undergraduate Research Assistantship program, Alternative Spring Break, and a University Honors Program student just to name a few! I enjoy the student life, but when not on campus I like to exercise, cook/bake, spend time at the pool, and hang out with my family! Lastly, I am a big Chicago sports fan (GO BLACKHAWKS!).

13-OSEEL-JeffreyKamholz-0617-RB-1Jeffrey Kamholz

Hi friends,

My name is Jeff Kamholz and I am a sophomore marketing student from Tinley Park, IL. I am a die-hard Cubs fan and enjoy the outdoors and physical activity. I am excited to take part in the McKearn Summer Fellows Program because it will enable me to design my own research program.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”                                                                                    – J.A.K.

13-OSEEL-JulianaLeprich-0617-RB-1Juliana Leprich

Hello there! I’m Juliana Leprich. I’m a junior at Northern Illinois University studying Media Studies and Public Administration and Service. I am very interested in working in the film or television industry after I complete college. I have had the opportunity to work on two films, one being the project I am working on during my time as a McKearn Fellow. My hobbies include reading, thrift shopping, and napping.

Take it easy,

13-OSEEL-AshleyPalin-0617-RB-3Ashley Palin

My name is Ashley Palin. I am 18 years old and a transfer student. Next year I will be a senior majoring in International Relations with a double minor in Community Leadership & Civic Engagement (CLCE) and History. Outside of class, I am very involved with both the University and Political Science Honors Programs and am the treasurer of a service organization called NGAGE. As well, I have a passion for Model United Nations.


Patrick Price

Hey there, my name is Patrick Price, and my interests lie with how art, communication, and experience coalesce.  Appropriately, I am an Illustration major, and express narrative through a wide variety of visual media.  I also love learning and being in tune academically with the world around me.  I’m learning from the McKearn program that these two passions are not mutually exclusive, and that my journey will build stronger connections between the artist and scholar in me.

13-OSEEL-KatyRupp-0617-RB-3Kathryn Rupp

I received my A.S. from Waubonsee where I originally studied to be an electrical engineer. While there, a professor and good friend of mine helped me discover that I immensely enjoy learning about psychology. Currently, I am in my senior year at NIU where I am majoring in cognitive psychology and minoring in math. I also have two great mentors who continually support my new-found penchant for research. When I am not working hard at school, I enjoy a close relationship with my family.

13-OSEEL-LinneaScherer-0617-RB-2Linnea Scherer

My name is Linnea Scherer and I will be entering my junior year at Northern Illinois University as an accounting major. I am an artistic person at heart and some of my interests include music, photography, and graphic design. Aside from my artistic interests my biggest passion is video gaming and I strive everyday to help people see how beautiful and intellectually stimulating video games can be. I hope to work in accounting for a video game company some day.

13-OSEEL-SarahStuebing-0617-RB-1Sarah Stuebing 

Hello! I’m Sarah Stuebing, and I am a senior biology major at Northern Illinois University. Here at NIU, I have received a tremendous education, and discovered my passion for research. Through programs such as Research Rookies, Northern Lights Ambassadors, the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Association, and the McKearn Summer Fellowship Program, I have had the privilege of conducting research in equine gait analysis, primate facial expressions, the brain, and Alzheimer’s disease. Clearly, NIU has some amazing opportunities. I hope you take the time to explore them!

13-OSEEL-BrittanyWarner-0617-RB-2Brittany Warner

Hello my name is Brittany Warner I am an upcoming junior at NIU and my major is Speech Pathology. I am extremely interested in how the brain works and that is one of the reasons why I decided to choose a career in Speech pathology. Not only do I like to expand my knowledge of the brain I also like to read novels as well. One of my favorite books that I have read is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

13-OSEEL-MelissaWoodall-0617-RB-3Melissa Woodall

Hello, my name is Melissa Woodall, and I am a member of the McKearn Fellows Summer Program. I am a BFA Illustration major and Biology minor at Northern Illinois University. I will be a senior this coming year, and I will graduate in two years. My goal is to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago to obtain a Master’s Degree in Medical Visualization after I graduate from NIU. I am really looking forward to many new experiences and making new connections through the McKearn Fellows Program.


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