Katherine Rawson, PhD
If you think studying is the best way to learn, think again. Katherine Rawson, PhD, a professor of psychology at Kent State University, has found that practice tests (like using flashcards or quizzes) can be more effective in promoting learning than repeated study sessions. And test-enhanced learning works well for all ages. But it’s just one of many study strategies Rawson has researched—in 2009, she was recognized by President Obama as one of 100 beginning researchers to receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Rawson’s findings exemplify how Kent State researchers are disrupting the status quo.