Yolonda Bradshaw, B.S.
Master's Graduate Student
144 Plum Hall
Graduate Student, The Ohio State University
B.S., University of Illinois
Companion animal behavior & welfare
While completing my bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, I knew that I wanted to continue my education and professional development by pursuing a graduate degree. In the hope of entering a graduate program dedicated to companion-animal behavior and welfare, I found it very challenging to find a graduate program that was the right fit for me. As a McNair Scholar, my cohort did a campus visit to The Ohio State University where I met Dr. Kelly George. After sharing my research interests and challenges finding the right graduate program, she informed me about the Center for Human-Animal Interaction Research and Education (CHAIRE). The center had just been approved a few months prior, so the website was not set up yet, and I felt an instant connection with Dr. George. CHAIRE's mission and goals aligned perfectly with what I had been searching for as I began a new chapter in my academic career. Although it was hard for me to leave my home at Illinois, I am delighted I took this leap to begin my new journey at The Ohio State University to work with Dr. George and make significant contributions to CHAIRE along the way.