Psychology, Statistical Methods and Health Studies minor
Francis Howell Central St. Charles, MO
Beta Theta Pi Student Recreation Center Employee Lab Manager for Dr. Fred Shaffer's Biofeedback Research Team
What attracted you to Truman? For me, Truman made the most sense as it has an outstanding liberal arts educational program and small classroom sizes. It allows me to get the one-on-one attention that would not be possible at a larger public university and saves me money with lower tuition. What has surprised you about Truman? The thing that surprised me the most is also what I like the best: the opportunities. Going into my freshman year I never expected to find so many options available to me for my professional interests and leisure enjoyment. Certainly there were times when I had to step out of my comfort zone or be willing to try something I would normally not consider but it has all been well worth it. There is something for everyone here at Truman; you just have to be willing to put in some time to try something that may be new or slightly different than you are used to. What do you like most about your classes? Hands down the thing I like most about my classes-there's help if I need it. Never have I taken a class where it wasn't possible to get an "A" with just a little extra effort to get help if I needed it. If there is something that I do not understand, every professor is willing to answer questions and meet outside of class time to help students. There are also tutoring opportunities and study groups that are focused on helping students to succeed. What do you feel is unique about Truman? I like to believe the students and faculty here really care about what they are doing. Nowhere else have I seen such an intense passion for learning and maturing as I have here at Truman. Truman really does distinguish itself from other universities in the Midwest with this defining quality. Have you studied abroad, done an internship, or participated in undergraduate research? I am currently the Lab Manager for Dr. Fred Shaffer's Biofeedback research team. Our studies primarily focus on Heart Rate Variability and measures to improve it and we are always producing quality research which we get published and present at National and International Research Conferences. This position has given me a great deal of experience with the experimental process and my name has been published with several studies. This coming April I will travel to Rome with two other students for a week and present one of our recent studies at a research conference there. What are your plans after graduation? After I graduate from Truman I plan to pursue a PhD in either Experimental, Health, or Industrial Psychology. What do you do for fun in Kirksville? I like to think of the Student Recreation Center as my second home and I spend a great deal of time there working out and playing sports. I also belong to Beta Theta Pi, which is a social fraternity that gives me an immense amount of opportunities and outlets for doing service, developing leadership, forming great friendships, and obviously having fun.