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The graduate students below are ready to answer your questions about graduate school. Feel free to email them!

2020-2021 Graduate Mentors



Nate Carlson

Master’s Candidate in Communication Studies

Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2022

Hometown/State: Palatine, IL

Undergraduate Institution: Eastern Illinois University

Graduate Research Involvement:

Critical/Semiotic Studies of New Media, Propaganda Studies


Member of Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC)

Career/Professional Aspirations: I plan to pursue a PhD in the field of Communication and dedicate my life to critical studies of the media and technologies which are continuously shaping and re-shaping our world in interesting and horrifying ways. I also have a deep love for helping others experience the joy of learning, and so an additional long term goal is to be a university professor.

Why did you pursue graduate study? While my undergraduate studies were incredibly formative and enjoyable for me, I decided that I wanted to "dig deeper" into my passion for communication scholarship. Additionally, graduate study aligned with my long term goals of being a professor and a researcher.

When did you decide to pursue graduate study? My junior year at EIU, I decided that I was "all in" on my field of study and that no private enterprise could ever compare to the thrill and reward of learning and growing alongside brilliant scholars and colleagues.

Share any hobbies or interests: I love hiking and biking at Lake Charleston, trying new types of cuisine, binging Netflix with my partner, and playing with my adorable (but evil) kitten.



 Emilee Krutchen

Emilee Krutchen

Master’s Candidate in Clinical Psychology

Anticipated Graduation Date: Summer 2021

Hometown/State: Purcellville, VA

Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Graduate Research Involvement: Independent study and thesis research on social anxiety and social media. Graduate research assistant position working on memory studies with Dr. Mace.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Wesley Allan

Clubs/Organizations: I was treasurer for GACP (Graduate Association for Clinical Psychology). Currently, I am a co-president for GACP. Also, I am the social media chair for Psi Chi at EIU.

Career/Professional Aspirations: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology after graduating. I am currently in the process of applying to Ph.D. programs and I hope to attend a program in Fall 2021. My career aspiration is to have my own research lab at a university.

Why did you pursue graduate study? I pursued graduate study to obtain graduate experience before applying to Ph.D. programs, as I have a strong interest in research and want to pursue a Ph.D.

When did you decide to pursue graduate study? During my undergraduate career at UNC-Chapel Hill, I was fortunate to be a part of a few research projects. From my involvement in research, I realized my interest in conducting research. After obtaining my bachelors degree, I spent a year working in research labs with similar research interests to my own. This experience confirmed my interest in research and my goal to pursue my Ph.D.

Share any hobbies or interests: I love the outdoors! When I have free time, I go hiking at local and state parks in Illinois and Indiana. I also enjoy artsy things like drawing and painting. I like to watch my favorite shows on Netflix as well.




Morgan Hummel

Master’s Candidate in Clinical Psychology

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2022

Hometown/State: Champaign, IL

Undergraduate Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Clubs/Organizations: GACP

Career/Professional Aspirations: I would first like to gain experience in the field after completing my master's program and work as a clinical therapist. Currently, I have an interest in going back to school to earn a PsyD after working for a few years if the opportunity presents itself.

Why did you pursue graduate study? I have always been passionate about helping people. I decided graduate school was right for me because I knew I needed an advanced degree for the kind of career that would allow me to do this. I knew it would provide me with the education and experience I need to set me up for success.

When did you decide to pursue graduate study? When I first decided on my desired career, I was not aware that obtaining an advanced degree was necessary. I soon learned that it was a minimum requirement to be a clinical therapist. I knew that this is what I wanted to do with my life so I decided to pursue a graduate degree that would help guide me to that goal.

Share any hobbies or interests: I love outdoor activities from hiking, to longboarding, or playing tennis. I also love to do more artsy things such as drawing, painting, and photographing.





Emily Donar

Master’s Candidate in Clinical Psychology

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2021

Hometown/State: Las Vegas, NV

Undergraduate Institution: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Graduate Research Involvement: 1. The Effects of Parenting on the Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors of Young Adults. 2. The Impact of Social Capital on Young Adults of Remarried, Divorced and Married Families. 3. Young Adults Perception on Elder Adults

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mariana Juras and Dr. Caridad Brito

Clubs/Organizations: President of Psi Chi International Honor Society - EIU Chapter
Co-President of the Graduate Association of Clinical Psychology
Member of the Graduate Student Advisory Council

Career/Professional Aspirations: I plan to pursue my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology.

Why did you pursue graduate study? I decided to attend graduate school in order to further explore my interests, in the hopes to contribute to the field of psychology. While you can make an impact with an undergraduate degree, it did not allow me to reach my personal career aspirations.

When did you decide to pursue graduate study? I decided to pursue graduate school while still in my undergraduate coursework. I recognized that my career aspirations would require additional time and expertise. I also felt like I did not get enough experience in research, so pursuing a Master's degree first granted me that opportunity.

Share any hobbies or interests: My favorite hobby is to binge watch television shows. I have been doing it since I was in high school. So, I do consider myself a TV connoisseur.





Anvita Kamath

Master’s Candidate in Clinical Psychology

Anticipated Graduation Date: 13th May, 2022

Hometown/State: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Undergraduate Institution: The University of Hong Kong

Graduate Research Involvement: Assisting Dr. Allan with his research on Social Anxiety

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Allan

Clubs/Organizations: Volunteering with Cause for Paws

Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity

Career/Professional Aspirations: My professional goal is to help individuals who knowingly or unknowingly suffer from psychological commotion become self-aware, and then go on to relieve themselves of it through structured assessments and therapeutic practices which are ethically relevant and scientifically supported. I believe that the research skills and techniques I learn at EIU will lay the foundation for my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology training, and also mature my practice of some day conducting an independent psychotherapy and diagnosis.

Why did you pursue graduate study? Being of an Indian origin, my culture continues to stand strongly opposed to individuals vocalizing their struggles with mental illnesses. In the hopes of someday replacing this negative stigma was the first pivotal experience which triggered me to join Graduate School as it would help me delve into the endless expanse of the human mind and its undiscovered powers.

Moreover, Graduate Study in Psychology would help train me with all the necessary knowledge, skill sets and ethos such that I can contribute towards restoring the well-being of those who yearn for it but are unable to do it themselves.

When did you decide to pursue graduate study? Throughout my childhood I was told that openly talking about mental health issues would mean being looked down upon by society. Never did I understand the true meaning behind this and neither did I have enough knowledge to defend the discipline of mental health. Thus, I realized that in order to normalize voicing mental health concerns I would need an advanced degree such that I could efficiently spread the knowledge and importance behind practicing and accepting the same.

Share any hobbies or interests: I thoroughly enjoy dancing, painting and reading in my free time. I do enjoy listening to music as well.

I also enjoy being in the outdoors and doing adventurous activities like hiking, traveling, etc.




Austin Eichhorn

Master’s Candidate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2022

Hometown/State: Marion, IL

Undergraduate Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Clubs/Organizations: Chi Sigma Iota, Graduate Student Advisory Council

Career/Professional Aspirations: After graduation I plan to work as an LPC in a rural community (my population of interest) while working towards my LCPC.

Why did you pursue graduate study? I decided to pursue graduate study in counseling so that I could best help people with mental health problems in rural communities.

When did you decide to pursue graduate study? I decided to pursue graduate study my junior year of undergraduate study.

Share any hobbies or interests: In no particular order, I love to paint (acrylic and watercolor), cook, play piano, go hiking, and watch Netflix.



Ann Sims

Master’s Candidate in Curriculum and Instruction

Anticipated Graduation Date: Summer 2021

Hometown/State: Princeton, IL

Undergraduate Institution: Eastern Illinois University

Clubs/Organizations: GSAC

Career/Professional Aspirations: After I graduate with my masters, I am going to move to Colorado in the Denver/Aurora area and begin teaching there. I would prefer to teach a kindergarten or first-grade class. After a couple of years of teaching, I would love to then get either another master's degree or my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.

Why did you pursue graduate study? I wanted to learn more about reading instruction in schools and also further my understanding to help students in my future classroom.

When did you decide to pursue graduate study? I decided during my last year of undergraduate. I had thought about it I started student teaching, but I was unsure of what I wanted to pursue. Then right before I started student teaching, I had a couple of meetings with professors and I decided to commit to Curriculum and Instruction with the Reading Endorsement. I applied before I student taught and was accepted and then committed before I student taught.

Share any hobbies or interests: I love to hang out with my friends (when COVID is not a thing). I love music and nature. I am also a Special Education major from my undergraduate and I love to help out with Special Olympics, Family Festival, and Polar Plunge.

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