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Allison Piper

Degree: B.S. in Agribusiness Management and Rural Development, B.S. in Psychology, Equine Studies minor with an emphasis in equine assisted activities and therapies, May 2016

Career: Piper currently works at The Shafer Center in Owings Mills, MD, a non-public school designed to provide integrated services to children with autism. She works as an applied behavior analysis therapist where she aids clients in gaining social, communication, and academic skills that will help them from schooling into adulthood. She is working on a Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in hopes of one day opening a riding facility tailored to the needs of children with developmental disorders.

Undergraduate Research: Piper conducted a senior honors thesis studying the ability to improve the amount of praise given to riders by therapeutic riding instructors through behavior analysis techniques. She also volunteered at On Eagles' Wings Therapeutic Horsemanship Center and participated in internships at R.F. Warner Son's Feed Mill, High Ridge Farm helping with lessons and camps, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. 

WVU Student Organizations: During her senior year, Piper served as President of Sigma Alpha, a professional agricultural sorority. In Sigma Alpha, Piper honed leadership and public speaking skills that are helping her excel in graduate school.

About Attending WVU: “I quickly learned that WVU offered a variety of opportunities from organizations, to research, coursework, and internships. My education became all that more valuable when I invested my time in those opportunities, giving me the privilege to stand out to graduate schools, gain multiple internships, and make lifelong friends. It also gave me the ability to combine two majors I was passionate about to purse my long-term career goals.”