Frequently Asked Questions

Written by current graduate students in the O'Haire Lab

How does work in the OHAIRE Lab and Purdue help prepare you for future careers?

Working in the O'Haire lab and at Purdue provides several opportunities to prepare us for the future. In the O'Haire lab you work on skills for communication (oral via presentation and written), critical thinking (data analysis), organization (data management), and more. There are opportunities for mentoring and teaching. Overall, the O’Haire Lab is extremely supportive of professional development for students. Dr. O’Haire will work with you to develop a plan to help prepare you for future careers.

Purdue provides also a wealth of workshops for graduate students on topics such as data management, leadership, success, wellness, identify, communication skills, and teaching. These workshops are provided through the Graduate School, Center for Career Opportunities, and more.

In terms of teaching, Purdue has a Center for Instructional Excellence where you can get Graduate Teaching Certificates and take many workshops on topics such as syllabus creation, learning outcomes, active learning, assessment, the scholarship of teaching and learning, writing a teaching philosophy, creating a teaching portfolio, and more.

In terms of research, Purdue has a range of courses designed to advance research skills, including research methods, statistics, and topic-specific courses. Our lab also participates in external trainings on specific topic areas.

What department will I be in?

Our department is called Comparative Pathobiology, or CPB for short. This department is very interdisciplinary and resides in the College of Veterinary Medicine. A core affiliation will be with the Center for Animal Welfare Science, Purdue Autism Research Center, Military Family Research Institute, Center for Families, and Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience.

What classes will I take? Do I have flexibility in classes?

As a graduate student, you will get great flexibility in choosing your classes. You decide which classes you will take between your major advisor (Dr. O’Haire) and committee. The classes you choose will certainly contain at least a few statistics courses and other classes related to your dissertation research. The only required classes are an Ethics in Research Seminar (taken once) and a one hour Departmental Research Seminar (taken each semester). You will have to present your own research a few times in this research seminar. You can take classes in departments such as Psychology, Human Development and Family Sciences, Animal Sciences, etc.

I'd like to learn more. What can I do?

We recommend sending a copy of your current Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume to our lab email address ( Ask any specific questions you have and indicate your interests. We look forward to hearing from you!

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