Undergraduate Research and Creativity Alumni Profiles 

Amanda Schiedel, B.S. ’15

Human Resources Manager, University at Buffalo
Major(s): Psychology

What research or work have you done since graduating from Buffalo State?

I am a human resources professional at the University at Buffalo. I work in the brand-new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in downtown Buffalo. Our department employs approximately 800 medical and dental residents, and we have a full-service HR team. I've was recently promoted to an HR manager. I oversee the department and work in the areas of benefits, onboarding/recruiting, immigration, etc.

Why did you decide to get involved in undergraduate research?

I wasn't sure if I wanted to pursue a career in human resources or obtain my master's or doctorate in industrial-organizational psychology. I figured that completing an internship and a research fellowship would help me make the best decision for my future.

How did your undergraduate research experience influence your career path?

After completing my research, I determined that this was not the path that I wanted to pursue. It was a great experience, but it just wasn't the right fit for me career wise. This gave me the perspective that I should work in HR, as I really enjoyed my human resources internship. I am happy with my decision, and I am thankful I had the opportunity to pursue both options.

Undergraduate Research Mentor: Dr. Robert Delprino