Makenzie Ocker worked as an undergraduate research grant student in the cognitive lab as a research assistant. She completed a series of studies over facial symmetry perceptions in college students in which she and Dr. Kreitler investigated the correlations between facial symmetry and perceptions of attractiveness, trustworthiness, and likeability. The second study she conducted focused on context dependent memory and chewing gum while she pursued an undergraduate degree in Biology.
Makenzie also co-authored manuscripts on her studies that have been published in CRIUS and the other is under review by the American Journal of Psychological Research. She has presented her research at Angelo State University’s Undergraduate Research Symposium and at a SWPA convention in Dallas, Texas. She graduated in May, 2018. Currently, she is attending Texas Tech University’s STEM MBA program and is in the process of applying to medical schools to pursue a career in Immunology.