Meet the Scholars


Sabrina Abboud

Hometown: Ocala, Florida
Major: International Affairs
Minor: Arabic or Communications Media
Career Goals: Lawyer specializing in international and human rights law, including extradition; communications work for a non-profit organization; cultural outreach
UROP Project: The Effect of Crime on Democratic Support in Latin America                
Research_interests: My research interests include the use of rape as a tool of warfare, ethnic conflict, policy regarding child soldiers, and the efficacy of international law.                
Community Involvement: Arabic Culture and Language Association; Arabic Outreach Program; Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society                
Last Book: The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
Favorite Meal: My mom's amazing chicken and brown rice (my favorite comfort food), with a cup of perfectly-brewed tea


Senna Armstrong

Hometown: Gainesville, Florida
Major: African American Studies and Political Science
Career Goals: Work for the Innocence Project
UROP Project: Research America's invovlement in the moon landis for an exhibit opening in 2019 at the Historic Capitol
Research_interests: Studying the effects of different systems and practices on minority communities
Community Involvement: College Democrats and WIPS
Last Book: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Favorite Meal: Sushi


John Askew he/him

Hometown: Draper, UT
Major: Psychology
Career Goals: Becoming a therapist/counselor who specializes in helping people in or around unhealthy group dynamics.
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Social Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, History
Community Involvement: Support Group organizer, HS Philosophy Club Head, Peer Court member
Last Book: The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
Favorite Meal: Seafood is great but I love most food :)


Cara Axelrod

Hometown: Sunrise, Florida
Major: Psychology and Sociology
Minor: Statistics
Career Goals: Earn a Ph.D in Psychology and become a researcher & professor
UROP Project: Transitional Care for the Underprivileged Elderly Population at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
Research_interests: Neuroscience, Social Psychology, Family Relationships
Community Involvement: Presenter at the 25th Annual Congress on Women's Health, Hands of Hope, Hillel
Last Book: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Favorite Meal: Eggs, Bacon, and Toast


James Barberis

Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland
Major: Digital Media Production
Career Goals: Director, Writer, etc. 
UROP Project: An analysis on what makes a movie inspiring
Research_interests: Film, mental health
Community Involvement: Beta Theta Pi
Last Book: The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite Meal: Cheesecake Factory Chicken Samosas


Emma Barrett she/her

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Major: Political Science
Career Goals: Environmental Law or teaching at a University level
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Climate advocacy, Human Rights, International Relations
Community Involvement: UROP, volunteering at Moffitt Cancer Center, Honors Legal Scholars Program, Marching Chiefs
Last Book: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Favorite Meal: Dairy Queen Blizzards


Noah Bartfield

Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Major: Biochemistry
Minor: Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Biomedical Physics, Statistics
Career Goals: MD-Ph.D researcher and clinician
UROP Project: Using Drosophila to Model Tumorigenesis
Research_interests: Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, Molecular Biology
Community Involvement: ARO VP of Finance, Biology Learning Assistant
Last Book: The Future of Humanity - Michio Kaku
Favorite Meal: Lamb Chops  


Dexter Bell

Hometown: Sanford, Florida
Major: Risk Management-Insurance & Management Information Systems
Minor: English & Business Analytics
Career Goals: Build a personal brand around innovative design, operations, and subject matter expertise.
UROP Project: Analysis of the Effects of Multiple, Consecutive Catastrophic Events on the Florida Insurance Market 
Research_interests: Identifying and exploring a major concern towards the policy holder surplus held by the domestic, state, and national insurers within the Florida insurance market.
Community Involvement: The President's Ambassadors, Presidential Scholars Executive Board, The Office of the President, Gamma Iota Sigma, Garnet and Gold Key, FSU Consulting Group, and the Seneff Scholars program.
Last Book: Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
Favorite Meal: Channa Masala with Tofu


Rain Bellamy she/her

Hometown: Orlando, FL
Major: Sports Management
Career Goals: Sports Agent/Entertainment Law
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Language & Infrastructure
Community Involvement: Women & Children Shelter, Second Harvest Food Bank
Last Book: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Favorite Meal: Biscuits & Gravy


Olivia Bergeron-Oakes

Hometown: Coral Springs, Florida
Major: Biology and Psychology
Career Goals: Genetic Counseling
UROP Project: Social Movements, Politics, and Diversity in Comic Books 1935-2010
Research_interests: I am interested in researching literature, psychology, and neurobiology.
Community Involvement: Peace Jam
Last Book: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Favorite Meal: My homemade sweet potato gnocchi in sage butter sauce


Dillon Bezehertny

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Major: Political Science
Career Goals: Work on political campaigns to some degree, run for office, write policy... something in politics.
UROP Project: Identity, race, and gender in video games.
Research_interests: Anything political
Community Involvement: Secular Student Alliance, UROP 
Last Book: Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
Favorite Meal: Chori-pollo


Elijah Bishop

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Major: Political Science and Business
Career Goals: Corporate Lawyer and Entrepreneur
UROP Project: Analyzing the impact of colleges and universities on local economic development
Research_interests: Political discourse, social media influence, and unemployment
Community Involvement: ARO, CSU, Boy Scouts of America
Last Book: The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane
Favorite Meal: My mom's meatloaf 

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Annie Blanchard she/her

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
Major: Criminology and Public Relations with a Political Science minor
Career Goals:
UROP Project: As If We Were Already Free: Unmaking the Myths of American Justice
Research_interests: Understanding injustices present in the American prison system
Community Involvement: Phi Aloha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy Student Leadership Council, Academic Recruitment Organization, Women’s Glee, University Ambassadors, Global Scholars Program
Last Book: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Favorite Meal: Home cooked shrimp and grits!

Laura Blank

Hometown: Sunrise, Florida
Major: Human Resource Management and Psychology
Minor: Economics
Career Goals: Industrial-organizational psychology, or professor within the field of organizational behavior
UROP Project: A Longitudinal Study of Aging: Behavioral Event Interviews. 
Research_interests: My research interests include social psychology, especially pertaining to group dynamics and productivity, and industrial-organizational psychology.                
Community Involvement: Habitat for Humanity board member; Academic Recruitment Organization; Honors Delegates; University Ambassadors               
Last Book: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Favorite Meal: Mac and cheese


William Boose

Hometown: Naples, Florida
Major: History
Minor: Spanish
Career Goals: State Department or professor of history
UROP Project: Hessian Involvement in the American Revolutionary War 
Research_interests: My research interests include colonial Latin America, William Walker, and folklore.                
Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization, Founder and President; Honors Delegates; Undergraduate History Student Association, Vice President; intramural sports: flag football, basketball, sand volleyball, kickball, dodgeball, frisbee   
Last Book: The Wheel of Time series by James Oliver Rigney Jr.
Favorite Meal: Olive Garden with Insomnia Cookies for desert

Aleyna Brown

Hometown: Draper, Virginia
Major: Flute Performance and Music Composition
Minor: Film Studies
Career Goals: Composer and Performer in international film orchestras; teacher of english as a foreign language    
UROP Project: Popular Music and Place
Research_interests: My research interests include performance, pedagogy, musicology, ethnomusicology, and film scoring throughout history.  
Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization Member; Flute Association; FSU Fundraising Chair        
Last Book: Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Favorite Meal: Smoothie


Bethany Brownrigg

Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Major: Theatre
Minor: Art History
Career Goals: Arts administrator in the New York theatre scene; ideally specializing in casting/marketing/literary management
UROP Project: 3D Printing Etruscan and Early Roman Ceramics from the Cetamura del Chianti Archeological Site
Research_interests: I am interested in research related to art history, theatre, and performance as a type of resistance
Community Involvement: Theatre with a Mission, Quincy Music Theatre, School of Theatre, Hall Council, Graphic Design Chair of Honors Student Association, UROP, Social Chair of Presidential Scholars
Last Book: "The House of the Spirits" by Isabel Allende
Favorite Meal: Avocado wrap; key lime pie; San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa (or just a ton of french toast)


Christelle Bucag

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
Major: Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences: Pre-Clinical Professions
Career Goals: Infectious Disease Specialist with concentration on Tropical Medicine or MD-PHD working in the public health sector
UROP Project: Looking into Planetary Interiors through Diamond Windows
Research_interests: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Genetics, Sociology
Community Involvement: Honors Experience Program, NoleMed, Academic Recruitment Organization, Filipino Student Association, Capitill State, Indak, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
Last Book: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Favorite Meal: Sinigang na Hipon with steamed rice


Kylie Bugbee

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
Major: Exercise physiology
Minor: Psychology
Career Goals: Become an occupational therapist working in rehab
UROP Project: Overcoming Climate Change Adaptaion Barriers Through Regional Collaboration
Research_interests: Climate change, tropical weather, marine life
Community Involvement: Student American Meteorological Society, Dance Marathon, Sorority
Last Book: To Write Love On Her Arms by Jamie Tworkowski
Favorite Meal: Grilled Cheese


Simone Burgin

Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Major: International Affairs & a French/Spanish Co-Major
Minor: Math, Computer Science, and Women's Studies
Career Goals: Civil rights law focusing on criminal justice reform
UROP Project: More Than Discourse: Radicalization, Others, and Islam
Research_interests: Talibés in Senegal, colonialism and post-colonialism, abuses in the criminal justice system
Community Involvement: Amnesty International, and J Street U
Last Book: gods with a little g by Tupelo Hassman
Favorite Meal: Dolma


Travis Burhart

Hometown: Franklin, Tennessee
Major: Environment & Society, Geography
Minor: Statistics, Leadership Studies
Career Goals: Academia or curriculum development for leadership education programs
UROP Project: Collaborating for Climate Change Adaptation and Sea Level Rise in Florida
Research_interests: Outdoor education programs, leadership development and identity
Community Involvement: FSU Climbing Club, undergraduate research, University Ambassadors, Honors Delegates, Honors Colloquium Leader
Last Book: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Favorite Meal: Stir fry and pizookies


Andrew Busenlener

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Major: Voice Performance
Minor: French
Career Goals: Professor of Voice at a music university; Renowned performer in both Opera and Musical Theater.
UROP Project: Shakespeare's Monster: Studying the ability of music to create sympathy for the otherwise monstrous character Caliban in Shakespeare's The Tempest.
Research_interests: Musicology, Music Therapy, Vocal Pedagogy, Education
Community Involvement: Reverb A Capella, Men's Glee Club, Academic Recruitment Organization
Last Book: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Favorite Meal: Crawfish Etouffee


Victoria Cabral

Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Major: Political Science
Career Goals: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy 
UROP Project: Marketing an Immersive Theater Production 
Research_interests: Human rights violations in Soviet satellite states and political tendencies in South America
Community Involvement: Dance Marathon Leader and Evolve magazine writer 
Last Book: Looking for Alaska by John Green
Favorite Meal: Chips and Queso 


Charles Campbell he/him

Hometown: Winter Garden, FL
Major: Geography
Career Goals: Urban Planner, NGO work, etc
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Spatial design with a focus on environmental, economic, and social longevity
Community Involvement: Leadership Initiatives, high school marching band
Last Book: From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty
Favorite Meal: Anything South Asian

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Aidan Carley he/him

Hometown: Boynton Beach, FL
Major: Biological Sciences
Career Goals: Anesthesiologist
UROP Project: As If We Were Already Free: Unmaking Myths of American Justice
Research_interests: Biology, Sociology, Psychology
Community Involvement: Scots for Tots
Last Book: Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
Favorite Meal: Chicken parmesan


Sebastian Castro he/him

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Major: Pre-Chemical Engineering
Career Goals: Develop efficient and clean energy alternatives
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Energy, Biofuels, Physics
Community Involvement: Environmental Club, Kiwanis Key Club, Band
Last Book: Off The Clock by Laura Vanderkam
Favorite Meal: Salmon and Alfredo Pasta


Alexander Chang

Hometown: Glenridge, New Jersey
Major: Exploratory
Career Goals: Computer Programmer
UROP Project: Utilizing Geographic Information Systems for Hurricane Planning and Preparedness
Research_interests: Soccer, Computer Programming, Mathematics, Religion
Community Involvement: Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, UROP, Honors Colloquium Leader, Academic Recruitment Organization (ARO) College Fair Chair
Last Book: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Favorite Meal: Perkin's Kid Perks Rainbow Sprinkle Pancakes


Samantha Chianese

Hometown: North Port, Florida
Major: Psychology and Creative Writing
Career Goals: Doctorate in clinical psychology and work with anxiety, OCD, or reading disorders. I’d also love to get some poems and/or fiction published.
UROP Project: How Accurate Is Wikipedia? with Dr. Nathan Stoltzfus. Research involved comparing the tone, word count, content, etc. of English-language Wikipedia articles to that of the same article in another language (in my case, French). This was done to help determine how different cultures view different matters relating to WWII.
Research_interests: Currently researching reading disorders with a focus on screening and on making findings more accessible to parents and teachers, and I am also researching p-hacking countermeasures. For future endeavors, I would like to research anxiety disorders and OCD.
Community Involvement:  Be the Match on Campus; working for Dr. Richard Wagner, Dr. Fotena Zirps, Dr. Yaacov Petscher, and Dr. Chris Stanley at the Florida Center for Reading Research; Study Abroad in London; poetry and fiction readings at the Warehouse; Japanese Animation Club of Tallahassee; events at the ASLC; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Eta Sigma; Fellows lunches at the HSF building.
Last Book: The Musician's Secret by Litty Mathew
Favorite Meal: Dad's chicken marsala!


Erin Christopher

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Major: Creative Writing
Minor: French and Film Studies
Career Goals: Attend graduate school for screenwriting. Publish a book, then eventually write for film, television, and/or video games.
UROP Project: Patterns of Intonation in Spanish Questions  
Research_interests: Linguistics, Pop Culture, Modern Literature
Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization, You're Not Alone (Executive Team Member), Spanish tutoring, Hall Council Floor Representative, Simple Charity (Leadership Team)
Last Book: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Favorite Meal: Pizza


Andrew Clement

Hometown: Ocala, Florida
Major: Criminology
Career Goals: Helping others and enjoying myself. My dream job is something in the FBI or CIA. 
UROP Project: Examination of longleaf pine tree cores and cross dating the samples with climate data. It gives other researchers information that can be used for restoration of their habitat and the certain species of tree. 
Research_interests: Criminology/Psychology
Community Involvement:
Last Book: The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Favorite Meal: Chicken Fried Rice


Joseph Cofer he/him

Hometown: Ormond Beach, FL
Major: Exploratory
Career Goals: While I'm unsure of my aspirations, I strive to find a career in which I broaden my understanding of numerous cultures from around the world, likely from a humanitarian perspective.
UROP Project:
Research_interests: I'm interested in international affairs and economics with a research interest on how developed countries can influence the economies of developing nations, and what effects this can have on populations.
Community Involvement: I hope to volunteer with Amnesty International among other humanitarian organizations to further my understanding of the needs of peoples from a variety of cultures.
Last Book: "A Promised Land" by Barack Obama.
Favorite Meal: Cedar plank salmon.


Shayna Cohen

Hometown: Coral Springs, Florida
Major: Criminology and Economics
Minor: English
Career Goals: Either join the FBI as a financial analyst or attend law school to study either criminal or international law
UROP Project: Sexual Orientation and Suicidal Behaviors
Research_interests: Comic books, LGBTQ+ rights, womens' literature,
Community Involvement: FSU Quizbowl, Regional Hall Council Conferences
Last Book: Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale: A Memoir By: Rachel Lloyd
Favorite Meal: French toast with strawberries, steak, and scrambled eggs

Syd Cole she/they

Hometown: Omaha, NE
Major: English
Career Goals: Not entirely sure - something to do with writing
UROP Project: The Open Call Podcast
Research_interests: Anything English or Art related really
Community Involvement: Did work for Planned Parenthood & Heartland Pride events (rip I miss having Pride)
Last Book: Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
Favorite Meal: sushi :)


Siera Condon

Hometown: Fort Myers, Florida
Major: Music Therapy
Minor: Psychology and French
Career Goals: Music therapist in a hospital's NICU
UROP Project: Music Therapy Forms with Alzheimer's Patients               
Research_interests: My research interests include music therapy applications, neuroscience, and developmental disorders.                
Community Involvement: Sigma Alpha Iota; Board of Advisors for the College of Music; Alpha Mu Music Therapy Organization                
Last Book: The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo
Favorite Meal: Chicken tikka masala and Darjeeling tea


Elianna Cooper

Hometown: Melbourne, Florida
Major: English Literature
Career Goals: Lawyer specializing in international law and human rights
UROP Project: Hemingway Writes and Hemingway is Written About
Research_interests: My research interests include topics surrounding literature and social justice issues, such as women's rights.
Community Involvement: Residential Conduct Board, Honors Legal Scholars, You're Not Alone (YNA), JStreet U
Last Book: Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Favorite Meal: Seared tuna and vegetables


Robert Cotter

Hometown: Tarpon Springs, Florida
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Minor: Mathematics
Career Goals: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
UROP Project: Interactions of Four Natural Compounds with Amyloid-beta: Implications Reagarding Possible Therapeutic Agents for Alzheimer's Disease
Research_interests: Alzheimer's Disease, neuronal death, neuropathology
Community Involvement: Owner and CEO of Nole Limits Tutoring, Garnet and Gold Key Member, and Pledge Class President and Dance Marathon Delegate of Theta Chi Fraternity
Last Book: Harold and the Purple Crayon
Favorite Meal: Suwannee Room goodness


Rian Covington he/him

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Major: Biological Sciences
Career Goals: Something in the medical field
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Cell/molecular biology. Cancer/disease research and access to healthcare for minorities
Community Involvement: Brooks rehabilitation center Internship
Last Book: Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
Favorite Meal: Seafood boil


Nicole Croom she/they

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Major: Retail Entrepreneurship
Career Goals: Fashion design and/or linguistics
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Language (linguistics) and development of 3D objects
Community Involvement: Food packing and delivery for the sick and elderly, social/civic action campaigns, animal care, etc.
Last Book: The instruction guide for building a shelving unit in my dorm room
Favorite Meal: A breakfast of turkey bacon, roti, white peaches, and persimmons.


Michael Csernecky

Hometown: Theills, New York
Major: Exercise Physiology
Career Goals: A doctor treating sports or overuse injuries 
UROP Project: PTSD and suicide risk among verterans 
Research_interests: Psychology, Nutrition, Health, Sports Injuries
Community Involvement: Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, UROP
Last Book: Where the Red Fern Grows By Wilson Rawls
Favorite Meal: Buffalo Chicken Bacon ranch pizza

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Olivia Csernecky she/her

Hometown: Thiells, NY
Major: Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
Career Goals: Physician
UROP Project: Chemogenetic manipulation of nucleus accumbens medium spiny neurons in ketamine reinstatement
Research_interests: Neuroscience research, Drug addiction research, and research on the effects of certain foods on disease
Community Involvement: Best Buddies Peer Buddy, Buddy Ball Instructor, Collected School Supplies for students in need, Raised money for charity through NR Sports Day, Volunteered at Nyack Hospital, Supply Drive for Big Bend Hospice and ECHO
Last Book: Tuesdays with Morrie
Favorite Meal: Grilled Chicken with Penne alla Vodka


Emily Dailey

Hometown: Rockport, Massachusetts
Major: Environmental Science
Minor: Psychology & Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Studies
Career Goals: I'd like to work as an outdoor educator, either as an oceanographer or as a professional mariner.
UROP Project: e-Mental Health Literacy in College Students
Research_interests: Marine Debris and Ocean Plastics, Carbonate Chemistry and Interannual Variability in the South Pacific, Pro-Environmental Behavior and Social Norms
Community Involvement: Presidential Scholars Executive Board, Honors in the Major, Global Scholars, Honors Peer Mentors, Honors Legal Scholars, Sea Education Association Alumna S278, FSU Rowing Club
Last Book: Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade
Favorite Meal:  Dunks iced coffee in a reusable cup - hold the straw.


Teagan Danilowicz

Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Major: International Affairs and Public Relations
Minor: Sociology
Career Goals: I hope travel the world while working
UROP Project: I am creating a climate change survey. It will be administered to FSU Students to analyse their opinions and knowledge about the issue.
Research_interests: Languages, cultures, and human rights
Community Involvement: March for Our Lives
Last Book: Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton
Favorite Meal: Rainbow Roll (Sushi)


Emma Davis

Hometown: Macclenny, Florida
Major: History
Minor: Museum Studies and Public Administration
Career Goals: Work at a local museum or nonprofit organization and later publish my historical fiction novel(s)
UROP Project: Research assistant for the exhibit Love, Dolly: Letters Home in World War II
Research_interests: Anything to do with 20th century American history. I'm especially interested in World War II through the Vietnam War era and women's military service during this time
Community Involvement: The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, Chi Alpha, Students for Life, and University Housing (Academic Trainers)
Last Book: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows
Favorite Meal: My mom's meatloaf with sautéed Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes 


Taylor Davis

Hometown: Navarre, Florida
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Career Goals: To help people, particularly with environmental causes or the needs of developing countries
UROP Project: Conducting a Thermoeconomic Analysis of the FSU Off Grid Zero Emissions Building                
Research_interests: My research interests include sustainability and appropriate technology.                
Community Involvement: Wesley Foundation; EcoReps; Tau Beta Pi Honor Society            
Last Book: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite Meal: 4 Rivers BBQ

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Jordyn Dees she/her

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Major: Editing, Writing, and Media & Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Career Goals: Museum curator, journalist, author, or other writing-related fields.
UROP Project: The Empire of American Science: Photographic Narratives and Visual Evidence.
Research_interests: Women of color in literature and film, perspectives of historical narratives, the interdisciplinary nature of social studies, and more!
Community Involvement: Honors Experience Program, Academic Recruitment Organization, Her Campus, University Ambassadors.
Last Book: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
Favorite Meal: Jerk chicken with rice and peas.


Taegan Dennis

Hometown: Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Major: Anthropology, International Affairs, Spanish
Minor: Religion
Career Goals: Creating multimedia ethnography; applied anthropology
UROP Project: Resistance Literature and New Media Protest
Research_interests: Visual anthropology; nationalism, migration, citizenship; US-Latin America relations and migration; urban anthropology
Community Involvement: Peace Jam, Amnesty International; Office of Digital Research and Scholarship
Last Book: The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
Favorite Meal: Probably tacos


Jessica Dixon

Hometown: Melbourne, Florida
Major: Cell and Molecular Neuroscience and Statistics
Career Goals: Neuro-Lawyer or Neuroscience Researcher/Professor
UROP Project: Brain Systems for Spatial Orientation in Health and Disease
Research_interests: Neuroscience, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Statistical Modeling
Community Involvement: Honors Experience Program Visiting Speakers Committee, Academic Recruitment Organization
Last Book: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Favorite Meal: Latkes


Elyse Duplantier

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Major: Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
Minor: Chemistry
Career Goals: Physician Assistant
UROP Project: Determine the association between adverse childhood experiences and late-life cognitive functioning, with a strong support system acting as a buffer
Research_interests: Biology, psychology, neuroscience, anatomy
Community Involvement: Nu Rho Sci
Last Book: Pet Sematary by Stephen King
Favorite Meal: Margherita pizza

Julia Earnest she/her

Hometown: Jupiter, FL
Major: Exercise Physiology
Career Goals: Medical School
UROP Project: The Rosenstrasse Foundation
Research_interests: Genetics & Nutrition
Community Involvement: Choir
Last Book: The 5AM Club
Favorite Meal: Sushi


Isabella Eaton she/her

Hometown: Orlando, FL
Major: Biological Sciences
Career Goals: Pediatric Doctor Without Borders
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Studying how immunodeficiency's are treated in third world countries
Community Involvement: Youth Ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Last Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Favorite Meal: Anytime of curry


Carina Edwards

Hometown: Broward County, FL
Major: Biological Sciences
Career Goals: Surgeon
UROP Project:
Research_interests: History and Health
Community Involvement: International Mission Trips and Feeding the Homeless
Last Book: Great Gatsby
Favorite Meal: Chipotle


Mae Espinosa

Hometown: Miami Lakes, Florida
Major: Political Science, International Affairs, English
Minor: French, Communications
Career Goals: Lawyer  
UROP Project: Words Per Minute: Narrative Language Assessment of English Language Learners                
Research_interests: Western European medieval literature; my thesis focuses on The Canterbury Tales and The Decameron
Community Involvement: Presidential Scholar Executive Board Cohort Representative
Last Book: Atonement by Ian McEwan
Favorite Meal: Grandma's rice and black beans


Sean Faletti he/him

Hometown: Orlando, FL
Major: Exploratory
Career Goals: Something involving writing or music (journalism, screenwriting, songwriting)
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Literature/Writing; Music/Composition; Altruism/Social Behavior
Community Involvement: Local Music Engagement/Volunteering; Beta Club; National Honor Society
Last Book: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Favorite Meal: Sushi, but more so when I'm not paying


Carson Flowers

Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Major: Exploratory
Career Goals: Enter a career I enjoy
UROP Project: Helping a professor start his immersive theater production
Research_interests: Business
Community Involvement: Beta Theta Pi 
Last Book: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Favorite Meal: A Chipotle Bowl


Jack Folwell he/him

Hometown: St. Augustine, FL
Major: Physics and Political Science
Career Goals: Government Advisor for the Sciences
UROP Project:
Research_interests: The spread of scientific misinformation and how to respond to it
Community Involvement: Nothing on campus so far, theatre and some community clean-up projects in high school
Last Book: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old
Favorite Meal: Macaroni

Taylor Foor

Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama
Major: Applied Math and Actuarial Science
Minor: Meteorology and Business
Career Goals: Actuary or other business profession
UROP Project: A Comparison of CFSR Tropical Cyclone Wind Fields to Observations  
Research_interests: I am researching data sources for use in HWind Scientific's hurricane analyses.                 
Community Involvement: UROP Colloquium leader, Academic Recruitment Organization, Future Seminole Actuaries, Garnet and Gold Scholar Society
Last Book: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Favorite Meal: My mom's homemade enchiladas. 


Giovanna Garcia

Hometown: Miami, Florida
Major: International Affairs and Political Science
Minor: Portuguese and History
Career Goals: International Human Rights Law
UROP Project: Partisan Effect on Charitable Behavior in Elections
Research_interests: Global Conflict, Human Rights, Domestic Politics
Community Involvement: Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, FSU College Democrats
Last Book: Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
Favorite Meal: Churrasco with Arroz and Maduros


Ben Gibson

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Major: Physics
Minor: Mathematics
Career Goals: Physics professor
UROP Project: Measurement and Analysis of Superconducting Properties of Wires
Research_interests: I am interested in resesarching theoretical astrophysics and grand unified theory.
Community Involvement: Marching Chiefs
Last Book: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Favorite Meal: Steak, lobster or crab, baked potatoes, and salad


Meghan Gilmore

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Major: Instrumental Music Education
Career Goals: Middle School Band Director 
UROP Project: Exploring how middle school students use social media and how to integrate its responsible use in schools 
Research_interests: Social Media, Pedagogy, Education
Community Involvement: Tuba Euphonium Studio Member, Concert Band
Last Book: Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
Favorite Meal: Fettuccini Alfredo


Jacob Goldstein-Greenwood

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
Major: Psychology
Minor: Statistics, Mathematics, and French
Career Goals: Academia
UROP Project: Reassessing the Immorality of Utilitarian Dilemma Decisions via Process Dissociation
Research_interests: I study moral psychology: I'm interested in why we perceive certain actions and people as good or bad, and why we help some people and animals but hurt others. My recent research has examined moral dilemma judgments, person perception, and the connections between moral decision-making and regret.
Community Involvement: Moral and Social Processing Lab (2015-2019); Editor-in-Chief of The Owl (2018-2019); Assistant Director of SCURC (2018-2019); Chair, Presidential Scholars Program Executive Board (2016-2018); Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Colloquium Leader (2017-2019)
Last Book: Transit by Rachel Cusk
Favorite Meal: Coffee, home fries, and toast with jam


Jorge Gonazalez

Hometown: Miami, Florida
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Mathematics
Career Goals: Software Engineer  
UROP Project: Electrorefining of Depleted Uranium Crystals                
Research_interests: I am a research assistant at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory working with uranium crystal growth and optimization.                 
Community Involvement: Association for Computing Machinery; Hillel                
Last Book: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Favorite Meal: Pizza


Stephanie Gonzalez

Hometown: Cooper City, Florida
Major: Psychology
Minor: Biological Science
Career Goals: Pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology, conduct research, and own a private practice
UROP Project: Mechanism-based tACS for suicide prevention in the military
Research_interests: Risk factors for suicide, epigenetic mechanisms of trauma, child development
Community Involvement: Phocus Photography Club, DIS
Last Book: Tenth of December by George Saunders
Favorite Meal: Colombian empanadas


Jalisia Goodman

Hometown: Perrysburg, Ohio
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
Minor: French
Career Goals: Neonatologist or neonatal neurosurgeon 
UROP Project: Neural Activity, Genes, and Mental Health
Research_interests: Maternal and fetal medicine, infant and newborn development, neuroscience
Community Involvement: Fundraising & Community Service chair for FSU Women's Rugby Club, Black Women in Medicine Inc., W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society and FSU Medical Response Unit 
Last Book: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Favorite Meal: Stewed conch, peas and rice, and potato salad


Ben Gordon

Hometown: Merritt Island, Florida
Major: Psychology
Career Goals: Get a Ph.D. and become involved in clinical psychology research.
UROP Project: Juggling two languages in the brain: Spanish-English and Quechua-Spanish bilingualism 
Research_interests: Psychology and neuroscience, especially as it relates to sexuality and brain development.
Community Involvement: Member of Buddhist Student Association and You're Not Alone (YNA) e-board member
Last Book: Candide by Voltaire
Favorite Meal: Burritos doused with an unholy amount of hot sauce--or alternatively pho (also with an unholy amount of hot sauce)

Natalie Griffiths

Natalie Griffiths she/her

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Major: Biological Sciences
Career Goals: Medical school
UROP Project: Health Information-Seeking Behavior of Pregnant Women
Research_interests: genetics, immunology, virology, epidemiology
Community Involvement: HOSA Future Health Professionals, Academic Recruitment Organization, will be getting my CMA this fall
Last Book: And The Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
Favorite Meal: Cowboy ribeye steak with gorgonzola cheese sauce


Joe Guidubaldi

Hometown: Port Orange, Florida
Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Chemistry, Psychology, and Spanish
Career Goals: Medicine, both practicing and research
UROP Project: Analyzing differences in hippocampal protein expression to further knowledge of depression and how we can treat it
Research_interests: The role our brain plays in our development, both physically and psychologically. Specific focuses in: depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and brain cancers
Community Involvement: You're Not Alone (YNA), Research, Neuroscience Undergraduate Student Association (NUSA), North Florida Chapter of Society for Neuroscience, Academic Recruitment Organization (ARO), Marching Chiefs
Last Book: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Favorite Meal: Anything in the realm of breakfast food.

Jamie Guterman she/her

Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
Major: Psychology
Career Goals: Social psychology researcher / professor or lawyer
UROP Project: The Empire of American Science
Research_interests: I'm interested in human-technology interaction, specifically how social networking has fostered polarization. I’m also interested in moral psychology and group morality / conflict.
Community Involvement: Honors Student Association, ARO, Psychology Lab Assistant
Last Book: Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt by Arthur C. Brooks
Favorite Meal: My grandma's matzo ball soup!


Sheridan Hager

Hometown: Sarasota, Florida
Major: Exercise Physiology
Career Goals: Practice holistic, integrative medicine as a primary care physician & promote education and resources for healthy living through public-access platforms
UROP Project: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Low-Interest Microloans in Developing Nations
Research_interests: Medical Sociology; Nutrition & Lifestyle-Based Interventions on Metabolic Processes & Disease Prevention; the Practice of Mindfulness; Effectiveness of Gender-Based Medicine
Community Involvement: Phi Mu & Panhellenic, Senior Class Council, Raw FSU, American Medical Student Association  
Last Book: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Favorite Meal: Mac & Cheese


Will Harrison

Hometown: Cumming, Georgia
Major: Film BFA in Production
Career Goals: Work for an outdoor-based media house 
UROP Project: The American Empire of Science
Research_interests: I am interested in environmental studies.
Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization Board Member; F2F Initiative (Composting at FSU)
Last Book: Culture Making by Andy Crouch
Favorite Meal: Stouffer's Lasagna


Grace Hayes

Hometown: Barrington, Illinois
Major: Choral Music Education
Career Goals: To be Director of Choral Activities at a college or university
UROP Project: History on Stage: Incorporating History Into Theatre & Music
Research_interests: Music history, classical music and musical theatre, social justice issues, Armenian history & issues
Community Involvement: AcaBelles (FSU's all-female acapella group), Honors Student Association, National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association
Last Book:
Favorite Meal: Pad Thai or mac and cheese!


Christinia Hayworth

Hometown: Clearwater, Florida
Major: Psychology & Social Work
Career Goals: Neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) or certified nurse-midwife
UROP Project: Mechanism-Based TACS for Suicide Prevention in the Military
Research_interests: Social and environmental effects on healthcare outcomes, neuropathy, affective neuroscience
Community Involvement: UROP Leader, Clinical Medical Assistant, and a lab manager in Department of Psychology
Last Book: Wildflowers in the Median by Agnes Furey and Leonard Scovens
Favorite Meal: Red curry with tofu and brown rice. Or bananas with peanut butter


Nicholas Hearing

Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Major: International Affairs
Career Goals: U.S. Foreign Service Officer
UROP Project: The Nature of Maps in the Digital Age: Maps Research, Collecting, and the Growth of Geospatial Imagery
Research_interests: Global Politics, Conflict, and Conflict Resolution
Community Involvement: Global Peace Exchange, Global Scholars, ARO
Last Book: Wild Swans by Jung Chang
Favorite Meal: A large bowl of strawberry yogurt with granola


Nicole Heim

Hometown: Cranford, New Jersey
Major: Biology
Minor: Mathematics and Spanish
Career Goals: Veterinarian
UROP Project: The Mechanisms of Working Memory
Research_interests: Biology, Animal Science, Neuroscience, Psychology, Ecology
Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization (ARO), Honors Colloquium Leader, Pre-Veterinary Club
Last Book: Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel
Favorite Meal: Joe's Grown Up Adult Mac and Cheese from an Irish pub back home


Antwane Henderson

Hometown: Panama City, Florida
Major: Finance and International Affairs
Minor: German
Career Goals: Foreign Service, eventually transitioning to domestic politics 
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Human Rights, Global Politics, Business
Community Involvement: UROP, Pride Student Union
Last Book: This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski
Favorite Meal: Pasta


Lance Hendrickson they/them

Hometown: West Chester, PA
Major: Environmental Science
Career Goals: Anything I can do to improve the world, whether that's working with the EPA or working with a company to reduce their impact on the environment
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Ornithology, preservation, sustainability, earth sciences, languages
Community Involvement: Work with the Ronald McDonald house and some informal stuff organized by my mom's company (IBX)
Last Book: Mo Dao Zu Shi (still reading!)
Favorite Meal: Potato latkes? I can't pick one, but I had some great sesame chicken last night

Gabe Herschelman he/him

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Major: Biology
Career Goals: Cardiovascular Surgery
UROP Project: Understanding Fishing in Coral Reef Ecosystems
Research_interests: Biology and Ecology
Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization
Last Book: Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje
Favorite Meal: Sushi

Brylee Hester

Brylee Hester she/her

Hometown: Port St. Lucie, FL
Major: Political Science and Interdisciplinary Social Science
Career Goals: Work for a social service nonprofit, work on a campaign, or run for public office.
UROP Project: Drunk on Democracy: Investigating how religion and alcohol have influenced the image of a good American citizen.
Research_interests: I would like to research how developing economies depend on child labor and how one could restructure the economy to dismantle child labor systems.
Community Involvement: Kappa Kappa Gamma, Dance Marathon
Last Book: Becoming by Michelle Obama
Favorite Meal: Any kind of gluten free pasta


Gabriella Hinks

Hometown: Winter Garden, Florida
Major: Combined Bachelors to Masters in Biological Science
Minor: Chemistry and Psychology
Career Goals: Obtain my MD and possibly my Ph.D and work as a pediatric hematologist- oncologist in a hospital setting. I hope to eventually be the head of a pediatric ward or possibly an entire pediatric hospital. 
UROP Project: Widening the Gap Between Error and Accuracy: The Effect of Executive Functioning Training on the ERN and ADHD Symptoms
Research_interests: Molecular biology, genetics, cancer, neuroscience, and psychology
Community Involvement: Dance Marathon, Academic Recruitment Organization, University Ambassadors, and Learning Assistant for Biology 1 and Genetics
Last Book: The Fourth State of Matter by Jo Ann Beard
Favorite Meal: Steak and roasted potatos


Brennan Hinson he/him

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Major: Civil Engineering
Career Goals: I want to work as a civil engineer for Disney's Imagineering team
UROP Project:
Research_interests: anything engineering related, statistics
Community Involvement: member of the Tampa chapter of the Young Men's Service League, and an Eagle Scout in BSA
Last Book: The Handmaid's Tale
Favorite Meal: Steak and Shrimp


Shannon Hodgon

Hometown: Athens, Georgia
Major: Communication Science and Disorders
Minor: Spanish and Business
Career Goals: Pediatric speech language pathologist
UROP Project: Best Practices of Startup Incubators    
Research_interests: Research with the School of Communication Science and Disorders related to motor speech function.
Community Involvement: Women in Business logistics assistant; Academic Recruitment Organization; FSU CRU legacy group; Seminole Tap Tribe; NSSLHA
Last Book: Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Favorite Meal: BBQ


Margaret Hollis

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
Major: Meteorology
Minor: Mathematics and Physics
Career Goals: Research or National Weather Service
UROP Project: Categorizing Various Types of Atmospheric Flow in 45 Years of Global Weather Data
Research_interests: My research interests include weather and space. 
Community Involvement: FSU Weather Show; Catholic Student Union; North Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association
Last Book: A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin and The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien.
Favorite Meal: Whataburger


Michael Hong

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
Major: Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences - Health Policy, Management, and Information; Psychology
Minor: Sociology in Health and Aging, IMS Concentration in Public Health Policy and Administration
Career Goals: Physician practicing hospital administration
UROP Project: College Autism Network: Systematic Literature Review of College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Research_interests:  Interdisciplinary research ranging from clinical neuroscience/pharmacology to health policy. Specific research interests in CTE and skin disorders. 
Community Involvement: Presidential Scholar, Cohort 3 Representative; Honors Medical Scholars; Business of Medicine, Executive Board; Honors Student Association, former Director of Student Success
Last Book: The Other Side of Normal by Jordan Smoller
Favorite Meal: Homecooked Korean food; alternatively, croissanwiches.

Hima Humeda she/her

Hometown: Pensacola, FL
Major: Biology
Career Goals: Physician hopefully a surgical physician
UROP Project:
Research_interests: STEM cell research, gene expression, frontal lobe function
Community Involvement: Dance Marathon, Ronald McDonald House, Underpriveleged healthcare communities
Last Book: Midnight Library
Favorite Meal: Ramen Noodles

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Sami Humeda he/him

Hometown: Pensacola, FL
Major: Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences
Career Goals: Physician
UROP Project: Contrasting how General Electric depicted their workers in unpublished photographs and articles in comparison to other major magazine corporations.
Research_interests: Biology and Chemistry
Community Involvement: Boys Town
Last Book: The Shining
Favorite Meal: Sushi


Abril Hunter

Hometown: Belleville, Illinois
Major: Environmental Science and Policy
Minor: Urban and Regional Planning
Career Goals: Environmental Lobbyist for Private Humanitarian Organization
UROP Project: How effective are counties in communicating recycling messages to their citizens and are they effective?
Research_interests: Water Pollution in Developing Nations, African-American Gentrification, Inequalities in the Legislative Process
Community Involvement: Presidential Scholars Historian, Black Student Union, Florida Association of Environmental Professionals, Academic Recruitment Organization
Last Book: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Favorite Meal: Shrimp & Grits


Elizabeth Iaconis

Hometown: Londonderry, New Hampshire
Major: Social Entrepreneurship
Career Goals: Peace Corps and Teach for America volunteerism before seeking employment with a socially conscious corporation or non-profit organization
UROP Project: Study the economic impacts of universities on their surrounding communities
Research_interests: Education, social justice, demographics, and economics
Community Involvement: CHAARG women's fitness organization, Academic Recruitment Organization, Honors Colloquium Leader fall 2020, Student Alumni Association
Last Book: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Favorite Meal: Tortellini alfredo


Matthew Israel

Hometown: Bradenton, Florida
Major: Environmental Engineering
Minor: Mathematics
Career Goals: Develop a saltwater distillation program to address the rising concern associated with freshwater over-exploitation
UROP Project: The Implementation of Set-Based Concurrent Engineering in Cost Reduction for the Next Class of All-Electric United States Navy Warships
Research_interests: Military, sharks, land management, extreme weather, conservation and climate change
Community Involvement: Habitat For Humanity, Catholic Student Union and Simple Charity
Last Book: Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson
Favorite Meal: My dad's chicken marsala


Julia Jensen

Hometown: Clemson, South Carolina
Major: Political Science
Career Goals: Work with NGO's to provide better aid programs to internally displaced persons and persons living in refugee camps
UROP Project: Freedom Summer--Formation of Oral History of Testimonies of Civil Rights Volunteers in Mississippi, 1964
Research_interests: Finding out how effective international and domestic aid organisations are in reaching target populations in Myanmar.
Community Involvement: Honors Student Association Vice President, Tallahassee Community Chorus, Guardian ad Litem, Requiem of Defiance Chorus, English Language Conversation Partner 
Last Book: Yes Minister by Jonathan Lynn
Favorite Meal: Tom Yam soup and taro bubble tea


Maddy Johnson

Hometown: Lawrence, Kansas
Major: International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies
Minor: Urban Planning and Development
Career Goals: Work with the UN and NGOs to make international education and development efforts more sustainable, ethical and culturally sensitive
UROP Project: Religion and Revolutionary Violence-a study of John Brown, Osama Bin Laden and Patrick Pearse
Research_interests: Political science, History, Education
Community Involvement: College Democrats, ARO, Swing Dance Club, Marching Chiefs
Last Book: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Favorite Meal: My dad's chicken pot pie and cornbread

Natalie Jones

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
Major: Biology and Art History
Minor: Mathematics, Chemistry, Film, and Japanese
Career Goals: OB/GYN and biomedical researcher
UROP Project: Sodium MRI Techniques; Post-WWII US-Japan Relations                
Research_interests: My research interests includes centromere and telomere regions of chromosomes and mitotic spindle assembly checkpoint. I am currenty working to uncover the role of dam1 complex in yeast cells. I also research Japanese art, cinema, and photography of the post-WWII era.
Community Involvement: American Medical Women's Association; Undergraduate Art History Association treasurer; Advocates for World Health; MEDLIFE; Alpha Chi Sigma; Tribeta Honor Society; Belly Dancers at FSU                
Last Book: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Favorite Meal: My grandma's knedliky (Slovak boiled bread) and carrot sauce


Jaden Jones

Hometown: Miramar, Florida
Major: Nursing
Career Goals: Nurse Anesthetist & CEO of a nursing NGO that visits less fortunate countries to provide medical care to children
UROP Project: The purpose of the General Curriculum Access Lab is to promote academic learning through evidence-based practices for students with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability. Our activities include scholarly writing and analysis through literature reviews, applied intervention research, professional development for teachers and families, and service to our community and profession.
Research_interests: Pediatric Health in Underdeveloped Countries & Intellectual Disorders in Children
Community Involvement: Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Big Bend
Last Book: The Source of The River by Mary J. Fischer, Garvey Lundy, Camille Zubrinsky Charles, and Douglas Massey
Favorite Meal: American: Macaroni and Cheese & Jamaican: Stew Peas


Ancy Jose

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Major: Humanities and Creative Writing
Minor: Psychology
Career Goals: Law School & Novel Author
UROP Project: Internet Reviews, Surveys, Comments and their effects
Research_interests: Immigration, International Subjects, Education, Humanities, Human Rights, Culture, Environment, Pollution, Demography, Climate/Weather, Language, English, Plants, Genetics, Psychology, really anything
Community Involvement: Tutoring, Stress relief, mini-counseling & mediation, Asian American Student Union, Filipino Student Association, Japanese Langauge and Culture Association, Chinese American Student Association, Korean American Student Association, UROP, Vietnamese Student Association, Navigators, The Hallyu Wave Club, Belly Dancing, Mr. & Miss AASU
Last Book: I can't remember
Favorite Meal: Chicken Curry Stew + Palappam (Indian Pancake), a lot of Indian food basically


Hannah Justus

Hometown: Naples, Florida
Major: English Literature, Psychology, French
Career Goals: I want to serve as a public interest or civil rights attorney through a non-profit organization. After serving as an attoney, I would eventually like to become a law professor or run for a public office.
UROP Project: Studying the Efficiency of Educational and Behavioral Intervention in Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism
Research_interests: Biological Psychology, Linguistics, Constitutional law
Community Involvement: Dance Marathon, FSU Mock Trial, La Table Française, Presidential Scholars Executive Board - Cohort 5 Representative
Last Book: The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite Meal: Penne alla Vodka with peas


Sneha Kapil

Hometown: St. Augustine, Florida
Major: Biochemistry and hopefully Sociology
Minor: Mathematics
Career Goals: MD/PhD
UROP Project: Researching the structure of the gp41 Mper and tm protein region in the surface of the HIV surface in order to better understand how the gp41 protein helps the HIV virus with infection
Research_interests: Targeted therapeutics
Community Involvement: Asian American Student Union, South Asian Student Association, DesiNoles
Last Book: Three Little Words by Ashles Rhodes-Courter
Favorite Meal: Chole Bhatura (indian chickpeas and thick flatbread)


Hannah Kelsey

Hometown: Saint Augustine, Florida
Major: Industrial Engineering
Minor: Math & Physics
Career Goals: Engineer/Business Owner
UROP Project: Physics Playground - Encouraging STEM Education
Research_interests: STEM Education, Industrial & Biomedical Engineering, Businesss
Community Involvement: Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Honors Student Association, Society for Women Engineers
Last Book: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Favorite Meal: My mom's Christmas stuffing


Ahmed Kenawy

Hometown: Panama City, Florida
Major: Biochemistry and Middle Eastern Studies
Minor: Biological Sciences
Career Goals: I would like to become a neurosurgeon, in addition I want to be knowledgable in Arabic and studies of the Middle East.
UROP Project: Insulin Detection: Set up a slip chip to allow for insulin detection.
Research_interests: Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Religion
Community Involvement: Muslim Student Association and Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program 
Last Book: Dawn by Octavia Butler
Favorite Meal: All of my mom's cooking


Katherine Kincaid

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Major: Vocal Performance
Minor: French
Career Goals: Professional singer/musician; involved in Broadway performances, recording, songwriting, composing, or directing musical performances
UROP Project: Brazilian Portuguese Diction for Singers
Research_interests: I would like to research how music affects the human brain and nervous system and how it can be used to help treat cases like Autism and Alzheimer's disease.
Community Involvement: FSU Opera and Opera Outreach productions, UKIRK worship leader, piano accompanying, Downtown Community Church member
Last Book: The Davinci Code by Dan Brown
Favorite Meal: Ice cream!


Caswell King

Hometown: Atlanta, George
Major: Computer Science
Career Goals: Undecided
UROP Project: Blockchain
Research_interests: Computer Technology
Community Involvement:
Last Book: The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite Meal: Chinese Beef and Broccoli


Julian Kingston

Hometown: Clinton, Mississippi
Major: Information Technology
Career Goals: After working in the private sector or for the government I'd like to one day own a cyber security company.
UROP Project: Game-Based Second Language Acquisition
Research_interests: Human-Computer Interaction, Bio-hacking, Cybernetics
Community Involvement: Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, UROP
Last Book: Science Fiction and The Abolition of Man: Finding C. S. Lewis in Sci-Fi Film and Television by Mark J. Boone
Favorite Meal: Breakfast Scramble Burger at The Den


Justin Krumper

Hometown: Weston, Florida
Major: Finance and International Affairs
Career Goals: Lawyer or lobbyist
UROP Project: Political Effectiveness
Research_interests: My current research interests include business, sustainability, and politics.
Community Involvement: Phi Sigma Kappa
Last Book: Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz
Favorite Meal: Lobster bisque, Chipotle bowl, and a molten lava cake


Ally Kukanza she/her

Hometown: Sarasota, FL
Major: Economics
Career Goals: Lawyer (family, corporate)
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Mock Trial
Community Involvement: Teen Court, Tutoring, Soccer, Football, Kayak Tour Guide
Last Book: A Prayer for Owen Meany
Favorite Meal: Chicken Tikka Masala


Samantha Kunin

Hometown: Lakeland, Florida
Major: Economics, International Affairs
Minor: Arabic Studies
Career Goals: JD/MBA Global Sustainable Finance Analyst; Focus on Private/Public Sector Partnerships for Refugees
UROP Project: The Relationship between Childhood Polyvictimization and Subsequent Mental Health and Substance Misuse Outcomes for Incarcerated Women
Research_interests: Labor Market Outcomes for Refugees in Host Communities, Comparative Efficiencies of Global Immigration Detention Methodologies, Relationship of Impact Investing and Humanitarian Crises 
Community Involvement: FSU Rowing Team, Executive Governor's Office of Policy & Budget Intern, Academic Recruitment Organization (ARO), Honors Legal Scholars, FSU Center for Global Engagement Intercultural Programs, FSU Honors Colloquium Leader, Garnet & Gold Key
Last Book: Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Dan & Chip Heath
Favorite Meal: Jim's Philly Cheesesteak


Allison Lang

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Major: Political Science and International Affairs
Minor: French
Career Goals: Civil servant/public diplomacy
UROP Project: Assessing Bias in the International Court of Justice
Research_interests: My research interests include global/domestic politics and minority representation.
Community Involvement: Honors Delegates; Academic Recruitment Organization; UROP; FURC
Last Book: A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
Favorite Meal: Sushi and an Oreo milkshake 

Sofie Lavadalie

Sofia Lavidalie she/her

Hometown: Gonzales, LA
Major: Double majoring in English and English Education
Career Goals: Professor
UROP Project: Research for a historical fiction novel
Research_interests: Education, child psychology, classic literature, gender studies
Community Involvement: UROP, Honors Experience Program
Last Book: Life and Death by Andrea Dworkin
Favorite Meal: Vegetarian sushi and strawberry boba tea


Griffin Leckie

Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Major: International Affairs
Career Goals: Law/foreign service/member of congress
UROP Project: Spatial Effects of the Marshall Plan on European Cities
Research_interests: Diplomacy, economics, healthcare policy, law
Community Involvement: Representing the College of Social Science and Public Policy in the SGA Senate and Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee
Last Book: The Last Question by Isaac Asimov
Favorite Meal: Sushi (with cream cheese) and ice cream


William Lleonart he/him

Hometown: Miami, FL
Major: Exploratory
Career Goals: Not 100% sure, maybe pediatrician or something in business
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Psychology, Finance, Medicine
Community Involvement: In high school, I coached Special Olympics and was really involved in a non-profit called Hope For Kasaii
Last Book: The Metamorphosis
Favorite Meal: Churrasco


Carson Long he/him

Hometown: Orlando, FL
Major: Music
Career Goals: Professional Chamber Music or Language Curriculum Development
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Language Endangerment, Language Education, Culture in Music
Community Involvement: I hope to do Language Fieldwork/Education/Revitalization in the future
Last Book: Edward Said's Orientalism
Favorite Meal: Fried Halloumi Sandwich


Jaime Lopez

Hometown: Miami, Florida
Major: International Affairs, Economics
Career Goals: To work on the international political-economic realm
UROP Project: Assessing bias in the International Court of Justice
Research_interests: Effects of international incidents on other countries and facets of society, as well as correlatona between economic and political trends
Community Involvement: Honors Legal Scholars, ARO, undergraduate research, You're Not Alone (YNA)
Last Book: "Clear and Present Danger" by Tom Clancy
Favorite Meal: Anything Hispanic or barbecue. And Hispanic barbecue.


Trystan Loustau

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Major: Humanities
Minor: Psychology
Career Goals: PhD, Professor (thinking, discussing, and writing about interesting topics and media through the lenses of philosophy, ethics, culture, and social psycology), Ted Talk speaker, Published Author
UROP Project: Using Virtual Reality to Study the Effects of Modifying Expectations of Consequences on Suicide-related Decion Making
Research_interests: Expressive Arts Therapy, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Studying literatures and media through interdisciplinary lenses
Community Involvement: Expressive Arts Engagement Organization, Equali-Tea Discussions Committee of the New Honors Experience
Last Book: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van der Kolk, M.D
Favorite Meal: Moe's Burrito or Shrimp Alfredo that my mom makes


Thomas Lovergen

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Major: Political Science and International Affairs
Career Goals: Lawyer, Lobbyist
UROP Project: Networking & Social Media
Research_interests: Public Policy, Campaigns
Community Involvement: Mock Trial, World Affairs Program, Student Government
Last Book: King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
Favorite Meal: Grilled Chicken, Black Beans, and Rice


Tina Lu

Hometown: Winter Park, Florida
Major: Music Therapy
Career Goals: Music Therapist and researcher on cross-cultural Music Therapy. Maybe specialize in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy
UROP Project: Systematic Literature Review on Music Therapy as treatment for Aphasia and help promote Tallahassee Community Aphasia Group
Research_interests: Music for social change, development of music therapy in China, special education, international human rights
Community Involvement: InterVarsity, Asian American Student Union, LEAD, AASU Outreach Committee, Music Teacher National Association, Alpha Mu Alpha
Last Book: Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music by James Rhodes
Favorite Meal: Anything my mom cooks


Emma Lyon

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Major: Theatre and Biology (changing from Bio to Neuroscience in Fall 2018)
Minor: Entrepreneurship
Career Goals: Broadway dancer, singer, actress or film/tv actress. I love neuroscience too though, so I'd like to keep my options open!
UROP Project: Neural and Behavioral Responses to Oral Oxytocin in Developing Mice
Research_interests: Neuroscience, Biology, Psychology, Acting/Character Development
Community Involvement: Dance Marathon, Alpha Chi Omega, UROP, and am hoping to get involved in a couple of other organizations
Last Book: Phantoms of the Brain-Sandra Blakeslee and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
Favorite Meal: BBQ ribs with sweet potatoes and corn on the cob


Shae Machlus

Hometown: Trinity, Florida
Major: Physics
Minor: Mathematics
Career Goals: Become a processor development scientist at a quantum computer startup like D-Wave Systems
UROP Project: Computationally Modeling Stellar Structure and Evolution
Research_interests: Quantum information science; condensed matter physics; materials science
Community Involvement: Mathematics society; intramural soccer; astronomy club; audio engineering club
Last Book: The Shining by Stephen King
Favorite Meal: Whole wheat bagel with schmear and lox


Mallory Malman

Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Major: Philosophy
Career Goals: Appellate Lawyer
UROP Project: The Human Dimension of World War II: Working with Original Documents and Artifacts
Research_interests: Human Rights, Literature, Philosophy
Community Involvement: BrightCasters; an organization that teaches people mindfulness activities in order for them to become more positive.
Last Book: The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Favorite Meal: Lamb Chops


Jonathan Marcus

Hometown: Madison, Alabama
Major: Meteorology
Minor: Environmental Science and Policy and Mathematics and Emergency Management Certificate Program
Career Goals: National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist
UROP Project: Temperature Changes Associated With Tropical Cyclones and Their Rain Shields in North Florida
Research_interests: Cyclogensis, Weather Modeling Improvements, Weather Warning Communication and Systems, Cloud Seeding and Its Environmental Effects
Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization, Campus Band, College Democrats at FSU, North Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association, Research at COAPS
Last Book: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Favorite Meal: Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadilla, extra ranch.


Justin Marquez

Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Major: Physics and Applied Mathematics
Minor: Computer Science
Career Goals: Physics professor
UROP Project: Stellar Evolution
Research_interests: Nuclear particle physics
Community Involvement: Society of Physics Students
Last Book: Skin Game by Jim Butcher
Favorite Meal: Picadillo con Arroz


Emma Martin

Hometown: London, United Kingdom
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Career Goals: Engineer for the Hyperloop
UROP Project: The Nature of Maps in the Digital Age: Maps Research, Collecting, and the Growth of Geospatial Imagery
Research_interests: Maps, Geography, Innovative Engineering Projects
Community Involvement: Amnesty International, Kickball
Last Book: How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
Favorite Meal: Sushi Bowls 


John Massa

Hometown: Pembroke Pines, Florida
Major: Biology and Sociology
Minor: Spanish and Applied Mathematics
Career Goals: Neurologist
UROP Project: Effects of Transcranial Electrical Stimulation on Vigilance and Visual Processing
Research_interests: Autism, Spinal Cord Injuries, Traumatic Brain Injuries 
Community Involvement: IM Soccer, Academic Recruitment Organization
Last Book: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Favorite Meal: Media Noche

Addison Mathis

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Major: Editing, Writing, and Media; Psychology
Career Goals: Higher education or journalism
UROP Project: Computerized Intervention in Mental Illness  
Research_interests: Social psychology and cognition
Community Involvement: You're Not Alone (YNA), Intramural Kickball, Climbing Club, Calvin's Coffee House Barista
Last Book: The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Favorite Meal: Vegan pad thai


Chris May

Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience and Philosophy
Career Goals: Earn a MD/PhD in order to become a Physician Scientist
UROP Project: Understanding the Neurochemical and Hormonal Mechanisms Underlying Adult Pair Bonding Behavior in Prairie Voles
Research_interests: Neuroscience, Psychology, Neuropathology, and Bioethics
Community Involvement: Neuroscience Undergraduate Student Association (NUSA), Nu Rho Psi, and UROP
Last Book: Existentialism is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre
Favorite Meal: A Perfectly Grilled Cheese


James McAuley

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
Major: Physics
Minor: Mathematics
Career Goals: Patent Attorney
UROP Project: Development of Superconducting Wires
Research_interests: Complex Data Analytics and Optimization Problems
Community Involvement: UROP, Society of Undergraduate Physics Students, La Societa' Italiana
Last Book: L'Étranger by Albert Camus
Favorite Meal: Bucatini all'amatriciana


Max McCammon

Hometown: Ocala, Florida
Major: Civil Engineering
Career Goals: Pursue a position of leadership with an engineering firm
UROP Project: High voltage engineering with a focus on optimizing superconductor cables 
Research_interests: Civil and electrical engineering
Community Involvement: UROP, Academic Recruitment Organization
Last Book: The Kite Runner by Hosseini
Favorite Meal: My mom's cinnamon coffee


Olivia McConnell

Hometown: Minnetonka, Minnesota
Major: International Affairs, Economics, French
Minor: Political Science
Career Goals: To work with international policy makers to implement social and economic development policies that address the root causes of human trafficking.
UROP Project: Military Deception During World War II  
Research_interests: I am pursuing an honors in the major thesis on the impact of prostitution models on human trafficking in Europe. I hope to continue researching the root causes of human trafficking through my postgraduate studies and career.
Community Involvement: Cofounder and president of the student-led organization Migrant and Refugee Educational Alliance
Last Book: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Favorite Meal: Everything. If it's the last time I will be eating I want it all, I don't feel like I would be picky


Liam McConnell

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Career Goals: I am looking forward to a career within the engineering field with a path that envisions management in the future.
UROP Project: Investigating the Possibilities of Non-Thermal Plasma Reactors in the Water Purification Process
Research_interests: Researching the different uses of materials in the designing process and the defining characteristics of different materials
Community Involvement: Recourse for Travel Allocations Committee, Men's Ultimate at FSU.
Last Book: Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand
Favorite Meal: McDonald's


Kendall McDonald

Hometown: Altamonte Springs, Florida
Major: Creative Writing
Minor: Psychology
Career Goals: Pursue a higher degree in poetry and work at a university publishing poetry that documents the experiences of different people globally
UROP Project: Investigating How Masculinity Affects Student Conduct at a Large Research Institution in the South
Research_interests: Artistic documentation of historical events and human experiences, particularly those surrounding marginalized groups
Community Involvement: Inter-Residence Hall Council, Coping Through College, Intervarsity Tallahassee
Last Book: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Favorite Meal: Lasagna and garlic bread


Mallory McGovern

Hometown: Fort Myers, Florida
Major: International Affairs
Career Goals: Museum director/program coordinator, I am interested in working internationally. I would also like to end up teaching at some point.
UROP Project: Through the Lens of David Douglas Duncan: The Middle East and South Asia (1946-1956)
Research_interests: Social movements, 1960s and 1970s history, art history, youth movements/popular culture
Community Involvement: TEDxFSU Speaker Coach and member of Planning Committee, UKirk
Last Book: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Favorite Meal: Cheeseburger with french fries and a ton of ketchup

Kimberlee McMillin

Hometown: Bartow, Florida
Major: Political Science and Sociology
Minor: Political Philosophy, Statistics, English
Career Goals: Provide legal council to a non-profit in either Washington D.C. or here in Tallahassee
UROP Project: Exploring Ernest Hemingway's Religious Influences in A Farewell to Arms
Research_interests: My research interest is primarily in social issues, such as women's rights.
Community Involvement: Presidential Scholars Program Secretary; Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Colloquium Leader; Phi Beta Kappa    
Last Book: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Favorite Meal: An egg, ham, and cheese sandwich on a bagel with cheese grits and sausage, along with a side of my mom's macaroni and cheese


Molly McQueeney

Hometown: Sarasota, Florida
Major: Economics and Social Work
Minor: Mathematics
Career Goals: Human rights advocacy
UROP Project: Language and Social Skills Related to Teacher-Reported Aggression, Victimization, and Prosocial Behaviors
Research_interests: Refugee integration, human rights, economic and social impacts of public policy
Community Involvement: Migrant and Refugee Outreach, Amnesty International, FSU Oldtime Ensemble, FSU Irish Ensemble, Research assistant in the College of Education, and J Street U
Last Book: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Favorite Meal: Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Peas


Andre Merchan-Revilla

Hometown: Miami, Florida
Major: Political Science
Career Goals: Work as a private sector lawyer, with concentration in immigration or trial 
UROP Project: Computer Networks: Creating Virtual Network Models
Research_interests: The ethicality and effectiveness of international law and policy, the modern political atmosphere, and social justice/equity
Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization
Last Book: A Cabinet of Philosophical Mysteries by Roy Sorensen
Favorite Meal: Moe's Steak Burrito (extra queso), Marquesa (Venezuelan Dessert), and an Espresso shot


Taylor Merritt

Hometown: Pensacola, Florida
Major: Biology
Minor: Psychology and Chemistry
Career Goals: Primary care physician
UROP Project: Oxytocin Receptors in the Oronasal Cavity of Postnatal Mice
Research_interests: I am interested in all biological, chemical, and psychological research that is focused on improving the quality of life and medical care for the overall population.                  
Community Involvement: Presidential Scholar Executive Leadership Council Secretary; Honors Medical Scholars Program; Undergraduate Research Ambassadors; American Medical Student Association; Academic Recruitment Organization
Last Book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Favorite Meal: Chocolate fondue, or chocolate anything for that matter!

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Kevin Miller he/him

Hometown: Fairfield, CT
Major: Economics
Career Goals: Neurosurgeon
UROP Project: Emergent Literacy Training for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss
Research_interests: Hearing Loss, PTSD in Veterans, Brain Tumors, and Direct Primary Care
Community Involvement: Boy Scouts of America, Catholic Student Union, and Nu Rho Psi
Last Book: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Favorite Meal: My mom's homemade chili


Matthew Molinari

Hometown: Platte City, Missouri
Major: Economics
Minor: Population Studies
Career Goals: An advisor for a firm, working for an economic thinktank, or working with the Census Bureau
UROP Project: The Spatial Effects of the Marshall Plan on the Infrastructure of Europe
Research_interests: Behavioral economics, youth culture, demography
Community Involvement: Vice President of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Economics Club, and ARO
Last Book: House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies by Henry Jacoby
Favorite Meal: Taco Pizza


Susan Morales

Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Major: Sociology and Political Science
Minor: Mathematics
Career Goals: Lawyer 
UROP Project: Creating metal silicides in aluminum flux
Research_interests: Effectiveness of legislation on local community issues
Community Involvement: Honors Experience Program 
Last Book: Women on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
Favorite Meal: Rice with black beans 


Lauren Moran

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Major: Psychology and International Affairs
Career Goals: Earn a Ph.D and work in the field of Humanitarian Work Psychology
UROP Project: IFS What? Student and Instructor Engagement and Learning in E-series
Research_interests: Topics surrounding human behavior in the workplace (especially within the field of humanitarian aid), university curriculum development and assessment, and interpersonal interactions
Community Involvement: The Navigators, FSU Sailing Team, Simple Charity, Research with the Department of Undergraduate Studies, and Global Scholars
Last Book: The Return by Hisham Matar
Favorite Meal: Orange chicken, rice, and veggies


Ashley Moses

Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Major: Biology and Psychology
Career Goals: A professor with research specifically in behavioral neuroscience directed around neurological disorders
UROP Project: Using the EEG to track brain activity regarding object recognition and categorization connecting that to prior experiences
Research_interests: Anything and everything neuroscience, with a specific interest in neurological disorders and behavior
Community Involvement: Neuroscience Undergraduate Student Association, Energy Fellows, the Navigators (member and worship band), Bible study, intramural sports, Garnet and Gold Goes Green, ARO
Last Book: "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis
Favorite Meal: Any meal where my grandma's deviled eggs are involved

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Sydney Mullen she/her

Hometown: Tarpon Springs, FL
Major: Criminology
Career Goals: Something law related, possibly criminal law, or forensic psychology.
UROP Project: Investigation into the History of Race Relations in Tallahassee
Research_interests: psychology and sociology
Community Involvement: Volunteered at the summer camp I went to as a kid, organized school events / clubs
Last Book: The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee
Favorite Meal: Chocolate cake


Cameron Mullin he/him

Hometown: Aurora, OH
Major: Cell/Molecular Neuroscience
Career Goals: Something in the field of behavioral economics, market psychology, or finance
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Consumer habits in the economy/stock market
Community Involvement: Akron Children's Hospital, Project GIVE, Gliding Stars
Last Book: Atomic Habits
Favorite Meal: New York Strip Steak


Alexia Mullings

Hometown: Loxahatchee, Florida
Major: Electrical Engineering
Minor: Spanish and Mathematics
Career Goals: I would like to work with the development and implementation of renewable energy sources.
UROP Project: Electrical and mechanical verification of 3D printed parts for a superconducting gas-insulated transmission line
Research_interests: I am interested in research various types of sustainable energy sources and ways to make them more efficient and economical.
Community Involvement: Hall Council, Academic Recruitment Organization, Eco-Reps, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
Last Book: Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Favorite Meal: My mom's gumbo


Erin Murphy

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida
Major: Computer Engineering
Minor: General Business
Career Goals: Computer Engineer
UROP Project: Utilizing transfer learning to train object detection software for real-time usage on aerial drone footage over water
Research_interests: Human-computer interaction, machine learning, quantum computing, bioinformatics, food science
Community Involvement: FSU Beach Volleyball Team, Women in Leadership Development, UROP Research Assistant, FCA
Last Book: The Search: How Google Transformed Our Culture by John Battelle
Favorite Meal: Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

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Ian Mutschler he/him

Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Major: Meteorology
Career Goals: Work at a National Weather Service Office / The National Hurricane Center
UROP Project: Analyzing biases within computer models in genesis times of tropics cyclones
Research_interests: Improving tropical cyclone forecasting, tropical cyclogenesis, rapid intensification of tropical cyclones
Community Involvement: North Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association, FSU club Water Polo
Last Book: Island by Aldous Huxley
Favorite Meal: My Mom’s homemade spaghetti


Kaylyn Myers she/her

Hometown: Plantation, FL
Major: Biochemistry
Career Goals: Anesthesiology
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Biomedical Research, Chemistry
Community Involvement: Gold Award Girl Scout, National Honor Society
Last Book: Small Island by Andrea Levy
Favorite Meal: Caramelized Onion Macn' Cheese


Jack Nichols he/him

Hometown: Star, ID
Major: Math and Spanish
Career Goals: Education Policy Lawyer or College Professor
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Rural education, academic policy, and statistical analysis
Community Involvement: Student Government, Various Leadership Positions
Last Book: Hamlet
Favorite Meal: Schmancy Pops, Waffles


Nia Ogletree she/they

Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
Major: Environmental Science
Career Goals: Environmental scientist, Environmental Consultant
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Water and Soil Quality, Natural Resources, Environmental & Human Relationships
Community Involvement: Climate Activism with GenCLEO, Youth Civic Engagement with Young Activists for Change
Last Book: This changes everything : capitalism vs. the climate
Favorite Meal: Thai Coconut Curry w Veggies

Caroline Owen

Caroline Owen she/her

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Major: International Affairs
Career Goals: I hope to be a diplomat to a Middle Eastern country/embassy.
UROP Project: Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Experience of Women Spies of the SOE in WWII
Research_interests: I don’t plan to continue researching in the future, it’s not what I’m really interested in.
Community Involvement: At FSU, I’m involved with the Presidential Scholars Diversity and Inclusion Board and I work with New Student and Family Programs as a 2021 Orientation Leader!
Last Book: Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Favorite Meal: I love sushi, it’s probably my favorite meal to spend money on and enjoy with friends.


Spencer Owen

Hometown: Kennesaw, Georgia
Major: Exploratory
Career Goals: Move to L.A. and hopefully get involved with film/TV
UROP Project: Virtual Reality Artwork
Research_interests: My research interests include virtual reality, liberal arts, and the humanities.
Community Involvement: Pride Union; Intramural Sports
Last Book: Myselfie by Shane Dawson
Favorite Meal: Grilled salmon with a can of coca-cola


Alexa Pappas

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Major: Psychology
Career Goals: To become a licensed counselor
UROP Project: Evaluating the Traumatization of Hurricane Maria Evacuees in Florida
Research_interests: Social Psychology, Criminology, Abnormal Psychology
Community Involvement: UROP, ARO, MREA
Last Book: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite Meal: Breakfast food


Dhenu Patel

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
Major: Exercise Physiology
Minor: Biological Science and Chemistry
Career Goals: Physician 
UROP Project: Gene Expression Modulation through CRISPR Activation and Interference
Research_interests: Medicine, Biology, Cancer Research
Community Involvement: Honors Medical Scholars, MEDLIFE, Honors Student Association 
Last Book: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Favorite Meal: Mom's Homemade Indian Food


Georgina Patient

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida
Major: International Affairs
Minor: French
Career Goals: Career in diplomacy, hopefully working for the British Foreign Office
UROP Project: Helping to create a book manuscript for a university press and an annotated online bibliography about the country of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), that focuses on the recent twenty-year-long crisis that blighted the country since the beginning of multi-party politics in 1990 to the debilitating civil war of 2010-2011
Research_interests: The treatment of and response to migrants and refugees in camps within Francophone countries, specifically examining the Calais Migrant Crisis
Community Involvement: Honors Student Association, College Democrats, J Street U, DWF Magazine
Last Book: Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
Favorite Meal: A big bowl of proper ramen

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Gabriel Pfeuffer-Ferguson he/him

Hometown: Cantonment, FL
Major: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Career Goals: Politician
UROP Project: Morphological Instruction: A Survey of Teacher and Speech Language Pathologists' Perceptions and Experiences
Research_interests: Educational Policy, Impacts of Professional Development on Teachers, Diversity and Inclusion within Schools
Community Involvement: Presidential Scholars Executive Board, Vietnamese Student Association, Best Buddies, Honors Experience Program, University Ambassadors
Last Book: Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Favorite Meal: My grandma’s Bánh Xèo and egg rolls


Chloe Philgreen

Hometown: Bucyrus, Kansas
Major: Public Relations and Literature, Media, and Culture
Career Goals: I would like to be a Public Relations specialist, specifically working in the performing arts field. I also hope to work in Public Relations abroad at some point in my career.
UROP Project: Producing an immersive theater performance, based on the novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray." The plan is to be on Off-Broadway in 4+ years. I'm researching different PR tactics and trends in regards to immersive theater.
Research_interests: Music, Non-Profits, Psychology, Environmental Impacts, Linguistics
Community Involvement: Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, Navigators, Freedom at FSU, Social Spear, ARO
Last Book: The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Favorite Meal: Grilled Chicken in Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce with roasted vegetables


Jordan Phillips

Hometown: Winter Garden, Florida
Major: Instrumental Music Education
Career Goals: I plan on directing a band program in public school after graduating with my bachelor's degree. I eventually will attend graduate school to obtain a master's degree in music education or conducting as well as a doctorate in the same subjects. My ultimate career goal is to teach music at the university-level. 
UROP Project: The History of the United States to 1877
Research_interests: Music education, saxophone pedagogy, musicology, film studies, history
Community Involvement: FSU Tri-State Band Festival Counselor and Opening Nights at FSU
Last Book: Contemporary Music Education by Clifford K. Madsen and Terry Lee Kuhn
Favorite Meal: Mom's Fettuccine Alfredo


Ben Pifer

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Career Goals: Medicine, specializing in pathology
UROP Project: The Effect of KSHV ORF45 on the Stability of KSHV ORF36  
Research_interests: My research interests include virology, toxicology, pathology, and immunology.                
Community Involvement: FSU Quidditch; Campus Orchestra; Academic Recruitment Organization Chair; UROP leader; Tri-Beta Honors Biological Research Fraternity
Last Book: Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Favorite Meal: Chipotle


Christina Portuallo

Hometown: Flagler Beach, Florida
Major: History and Classics
Career Goals: Civil rights lawyer or FBI
UROP Project: The Empire of American Science: Photographic Narratives and Visual Evidence
Research_interests: History, classics, and archaelogy
Community Involvement: Honors Legal Scholars, SGA Agency, and Amnesty International
Last Book: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Favorite Meal: Chicken fajitas and ice cream


Nika Povelikin she/her

Hometown: New York City, New York
Major: Biological Sciences
Career Goals: Herpetologist, evolutionary biologist, conservation biologist
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Herpetology, evolution, conservation, ecology, phylogenomics, natural history
Community Involvement: Environmental education at the Wildlife Conservation Society
Last Book: The Flamingo's Smile Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould
Favorite Meal: Kale salad with brown rice, sweet potato, goat cheese, apple, and onion


John Powell

Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Major: Physics and Business
Minor: Mathematics
Career Goals: Business consultant
UROP Project: Determining the Value of Small Private Pharmaceutical Companies Using Patents
Research_interests: My research interests include general business interactions and astrophysics.
Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization member and Intramural Sports
Last Book: Complexity and the Arrow of Time, edited by Charles H. Lineweaver, Paul C. W. Davies, and Michael Ru
Favorite Meal: Mac and cheese

Caitlyn Primous she/her

Hometown: Marietta, GA
Major: Musical Theatre
Career Goals: Perform in New York and create my own work.
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Performing Arts, Music Therapy, Composition, Piano
Community Involvement: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Talent Coordinator
Last Book: Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas
Favorite Meal: Chicken Tortellini Alfredo


Bailey Propps

Hometown: Niceville, Florida
Major: Interdisciplinary Medical Science - Clinical Professions
Career Goals: Pediatric Orthopedist
UROP Project: Examining Emotion Regulation in Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Research_interests: Medicine, Biology, Disorders
Community Involvement: Chi Omega, Dance Marathon, Cheers for Children
Last Book: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Favorite Meal: Spaghetti and meatballs

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Chandler Pruett he/him

Hometown: Waxhaw, NC
Major: Meteorology & Statistics
Career Goals: Join National Hurricane Center (specifically the NOAA Hurricane Hunters)
UROP Project: Researching fractional dimensions relating to meteorology equations
Research_interests: Severe Weather, Tropical Meteorology and Hazard Communication
Community Involvement: RMS Meteorological Analyst, FSU Weather, FSU Navigators, FSU Hiking Club, FSU Climbing Club
Last Book: The Bible (every single day!); last book read was Jonah
Favorite Meal: Chicken Pot Pie


Nami Pruitt

Hometown: Ormond Beach, Florida
Major: Exploratory
Minor: Environment and Society
Career Goals: State Department
UROP Project: Sustainable Healthy Cities
Research_interests: Sustainability, Asian-American identity, Animal Ethics
Community Involvement: Represent Us, Ethical Vegan Club, Amnesty International, Asian American Student Union, Japanese Language and Culture Association
Last Book: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
Favorite Meal: My mom's yakisoba


Jill Rankin

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Career Goals: Doctor or environmental engineer
UROP Project: Selenium Recovery from Agricultural Drainage
Research_interests: My research interests include microbiology, medicine, and environmental engineering.
Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization
Last Book: The Stand by Stephen King
Favorite Meal: A giant plate of every fruit imaginable


Brian Ransom

Hometown: Coral Gables, Florida
Major: Mathematics
Minor: Philosophy
Career Goals: Research Mathematician and Professor in addition to work in primary and secondary mathematics education reform.
UROP Project: I Know Where Your Cat Lives
Research_interests: Logic and Math Foundations, Discrete Math and Combinatorics, Theoretical Computer Science, Topology, Knot Theory, Geometry.
Community Involvement:
Last Book: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
Favorite Meal: Ice cream and birthday cake


Nadia Rassech she/her

Hometown: Santa Cruz, California
Major: International Affairs
Career Goals: Career in diplomacy
UROP Project:
Research_interests: German language, creative writing
Community Involvement: Tutoring in low income communities, participating in green initiatives and promoting more sustainable living within local communities
Last Book: Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
Favorite Meal: Sushi


Suzanne Raybuck

Hometown: St. Augustine, Florida
Major: Information Technology and Editing, Writing, and Media
Career Goals: Information Systems Specialist or Technology Project Management
UROP Project: Extending the Book: Creating a Digital Website
Research_interests: Digital Humanities, narrative structures, methodologies for implementing digital narratives
Community Involvement: Covalent Reality, Office of Digital Research and Scholarship
Last Book: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Favorite Meal: Pulled pork, coleslaw and cornbread


Grace Robbins

Hometown: Sarasota, Florida
Major: Classical Civilizations & Classical Archaeology
Minor: English
Career Goals: Archival researcher/historian working with the National Park Service or some archaeological firm/museum to promote historic preservation and scholarship
UROP Project: Parks, Hazards, and Resilience in Florida
Research_interests: Classical archaeology, digital humanities, the intersection of digital humanities and archaeology, historic preservation, languages 
Community Involvement: Office of Digital Research and Scholarship - InternFSU, FSU Irish Ensemble, Eta Sigma Phi Classics Honor Society, InterVarsity, and ARO
Last Book: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Favorite Meal: Anything that mashed potatoes can accompany 

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Grace Robinson she/her

Hometown: Orlando, FL
Major: Exploratory
Career Goals: Working directly with or at a company that supports people with disabilities
UROP Project: Playground Accessibility for Children with Disabilities
Research_interests: Universal Design, children with disabilities
Community Involvement: Alpha Chi Omega, Best Buddies
Last Book: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Favorite Meal: Anything from my air fryer

Olivia Rose

Hometown: Sarasota, Florida
Major: Psychology
Minor: Biology, Chemistry, and English
Career Goals: Neurological researcher and university professor
UROP Project: Neurophysiological Indices of Treatment Response to a Brief, Computerized Intervention for Suicidality
Research_interests: My research interests fall within the neurobiological underpinnings of disordered movement, with a primary focus on Tourette's syndrome.  Within this scope, I use neuroimaging techniques to gather data about abnormalities in oscillatory activity (patterns of neuronal firing) and sensory gating deficits; I also utilize neurostimulation techniques, such as transcranial alternating current stimulation, to directly manipulate neural oscillations.  Additional areas of interest include neuropharmacol
Community Involvement: UROP Leader; FSU yoga; Phi Beta Kappa; Garnet and Gold Scholar Society; Honors Peer Mentor
Last Book: No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
Favorite Meal:  Shakshuka (a Middle Eastern dish of eggs poached in spiced tomatoes, peppers, and onions)


Sophie Rottenberg

Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Major: Biology and International Affairs
Minor: Chemistry and Spanish
Career Goals: International trauma surgeon
UROP Project: Are You Infected with the Social Contagion?                  
Research_interests: I research oxytocin receptors in brain and behavior development in the Neuroscience Department under Dr. Elizabeth Hammock.                 
Community Involvement: Honors Student Association VP of Executive Affairs; UROP Leader; Presidential Scholar Executive Leadership Council Social Chair; Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Fraternity; Colloquium Leader for the Honors College; VP of the Academic Recruitment Organization; Garnet and Gold Scholar Society                
Last Book: The Circle by Dave Eggers
Favorite Meal: Seaweed salad and panang curry

Leah Rumancik

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Major: Actuarial Science and Statistics
Minor: Business and Italian Studies
Career Goals: Work for a property and casualty actuarial consulting firm
UROP Project: Monte Carlo Methods for the Pricing of American Derivative Securities
Research_interests: I am interested in the science of dreaming.                
Community Involvement: Future Seminole Actuaries Society; Kiteboarding Club treasurer; Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society   
Last Book: Il Bar Sotto Il Mare by Stefano Benini
Favorite Meal: Salmon and crab pinwheels from Publix

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Lauren Russell she/her

Hometown: Sarasota, FL
Major: Public Health
Career Goals: Infectious Disease Epidemiology
UROP Project: Medical Applications of Exosomes
Research_interests: Infectious disease epidemiology, computer science, disease/health surveillance
Community Involvement: (current) FSU SHAP, Pschols diversity and inclusion board, (past) model un, math tutoring
Last Book: The Dinner by Herman Koch
Favorite Meal: Quesadillas


Inam Sakinah

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Major: Biology and Interdisciplinary Social Science
Minor: Chemistry and Political Philosophy
Career Goals: Physician and policymaker leveraging medical and policy expertise to reform health care. 
UROP Project: Oxytocin Receptor mRNA in Adrenal Gland and Kidney of the Neonatal Mouse 
Research_interests: Previously conducted research on the neurobiological mechanisms of social development and social science field studies on leadership, identity, and culture. Currently focused on exploring the role of social determinants in perpetuating health disparities in the U.S.
Community Involvement: Founding Chair, Student Diversity and Inclusion Council; Co-Founder and Director, CUSP: College for Unconquered Students Partnership; Global Ambassador; Intern for an educational development NGO in Ecuador; Delegate, Millennium Campus Conference at UN
Last Book: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
Favorite Meal: My mother's cooking


Amanda Schell

Hometown: Lakeland, Florida
Major: Statistics and International Affairs
Minor: Economics, Urban and Regional Planning, and Math
Career Goals: Statistician in the federal government
UROP Project: Geographic Concentration of Corporate Philanthropy  
Research_interests: My research interests include statistics, criminology, and psychology.                
Community Involvement: Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Fraternity; Garnet and Gold Scholar Society; Presidential Scholar Executive Leadership Council Chair; Honors Colloquium Leader; Academic Recruitment Organization Treasurer; Reformed University Fellowship small group leader; intramural sports    
Last Book: The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't by Nate Silver
Favorite Meal: Chick-fil-A fries, plain Wendy's baconator, Cherry Dr. Pepper, and vanilla cake with buttercream icing

Nick Schwab he/him

Hometown: Sarasota, FL
Major: Criminology and Communications
Career Goals: Undecided
UROP Project: A Comprehensive Mass Shooting Database
Research_interests: I’d love to research something related to law
Community Involvement: Member of a few clubs such as Friday Night Live and White Mouse Productions. I plan on working with the FSU gardens this semester.
Last Book: Comandante: Hugo Chavez’s Venzuela
Favorite Meal: Veal Piccata


Gregory Seel

Hometown: Winter Park, Florida
Major: Electrical Engineering
Minor: Physics, Mathematics
Career Goals: Pursue my musical passions through my engineering passions, Amplifier Circuits.
UROP Project: Morphology of Young Core-Collapse Supernova Remnants from Multi-Physics Three-Dimensional Simulations
Research_interests: My research interests include acoustics, wave phenomena, astrophysics, quantum theory, particle physics, and education.                
Community Involvement: Presbyterian University Center; Campus Blues Band                
Last Book: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Favorite Meal: My own endlessly vile cooking


Tatum Shannon

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Major: International Affairs and Chinese
Minor: Education, French
Career Goals: State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
UROP Project: 3D Printing Etruscan and Early Roman Ceramics from the Cetamura del Chianti Archeological Site
Research_interests: My research interests include the history and politics of East and Southeast Asia.                
Community Involvement: Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate, Center for  Intensive English Studies tutor, English Conversation Club Leader, EducationUSA Intern
Last Book: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Favorite Meal: Ice cream


Taylor Shelby

Hometown: Dunedin, Florida
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Mathematics
Career Goals: Mechanical engineer
UROP Project: Oculus Rift Interactive Art
Research_interests: My research interests include science, computer science, psychology, and robotics.
Community Involvement:
Last Book: A Dance of Dragons by Kaitlyn Davis
Favorite Meal: Roast, as Mom makes it, with vegetables, soy sauce, mashed potatoes, and homemade chocolate pudding


Brent Shepherd

Hometown: Cooper City, Florida
Major: Biology and Environmental Science
Minor: Chemistry and Political Science
Career Goals: Commissioner of FWC/Wildlife Biologist 
UROP Project: A Landscape of Inequity: Parks and Planning in Low and High Income Neighborhoods
Research_interests: Landscape ecology, sustainability, biodiveristy, and resource management 
Community Involvement: FSU Climbing Club, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Last Book: Candide by Voltaire
Favorite Meal: Fried snapper 


Connor Sherman

Hometown: Trinity, Florida
Major: Actuarial Science and Economics
Minor: Business and History
Career Goals: PhD in Economics and risk analysis on stock portfolios
UROP Project: Agglomerate Economies and Local Economic Development from Universities
Research_interests: LGBT Income Inequalities and Economic Predispositions
Community Involvement: Presidential Scholars Class Representative, Academic Recruitment Organization
Last Book: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Favorite Meal: Peanut Butter


Emily Shiel

Hometown: Pace, Florida
Major: Biochemistry
Minor: Mathematics and Psychology
Career Goals: Pediatrician or Pediatric Surgeon 
UROP Project: CRISPR Biotechnology Development
Research_interests: Biotechnology, Chemistry, Biology, Neuroscience, and Psychology
Community Involvement: Your Not Alone(YNA), Honors Student Association, Academic Recruitment Organization (ARO), NAMI
Last Book: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Favorite Meal: Blueberry Oatmeal


Daniel Siegel he/him

Hometown: Bethseda, MD
Major: English
Career Goals: Editing, publishing, etc (something to do with books)
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Literature, environmental science
Community Involvement: A Wider Circle, Westmoreland Children's Center
Last Book: Witches Abroad
Favorite Meal: Sushi


Jordan Singletary

Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Major: International Affairs and Environmental Science
Career Goals: Marine biologist conducting environmental research 
UROP Project: Co-Parenting After Divorce                
Research_interests: I am volunteering with the FSU Coastal and Marine lab with the hope of working on one of their research projects to gain hands-on experience in the marine biology field.      
Community Involvement: Undergraduate Research Ambassador; Delta Zeta Sorority; Delta Zeta Academic Executive position; Honors Representative for NextGen Climate                
Last Book: Emma by Jane Austen
Favorite Meal: A GIANT flan


Leah Singleton

Hometown: Winter Springs, Florida
Major: International Affairs and Religion
Minor: Spanish, Economics, and SAS Data Analysis, Psychology
Career Goals: Lawyer specializing in international and human rights law
UROP Project: Nonprofit Mission Conceptions
Research_interests: My research interests include topics relating to nonprofits, social justice (particularly human trafficking), gender roles, and influential court cases.
Community Involvement: Residential Conduct Board; Honors Legal Scholars; The Navigators; FSU Eventing Team (Equestrian); Academic Recruitment Organization; Director of Advocacy, United Nations Association; Phi Beta Kappa
Last Book: Doing Good Better by William MacAskill
Favorite Meal: Chili with salt and vinegar chips and a chocolate chip cookie


Carolyn Sizemore

Hometown: Fort Myers, Florida
Major: Editing, Writing, and Media & Information Communication Technology
Career Goals: To create content that's accessible, thoughtful and makes people smile
UROP Project: The effect of environmental factors on carnivorous Sarracenia purpurea plants
Research_interests: Human rights, intersectional feminism, ecology
Community Involvement: Amnesty International, NOW, Club Downunder
Last Book: A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Favorite Meal: Sushi


Martha Sizemore

Hometown: Fort Myers, Florida
Major: History and Editing, Writing, & Media
Career Goals: Museum Curator or Historical Researcher
UROP Project: Documenting 20th Century Visual Merchandising
Research_interests: 20th Century History, Sociology, Art, Film, Literature
Community Involvement: Club Downunder, Habitat for Humanity, Cat Family Records, UROP
Last Book: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
Favorite Meal: Steamed shrimp and mixed vegetables


Sasha Smith she/her

Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Major: Exploratory
Career Goals: I want to own and manage bed-and-breakfasts in Europe.
UROP Project:
Research_interests: I would love to conduct research on anything to do with human interest and humanities. Academically, I've always loved English and the arts.
Community Involvement: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue foster/volunteer, fundraising for my school's publication, participated in several beach clean-ups and summer camp counseling
Last Book: The Catcher in the Rye
Favorite Meal: sushi all day everyday


Jacob Spainhour

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
Major: Pure Mathematics & Computer Science
Minor: Applied Mathematics & Scientific Computing
Career Goals: University professor and researcher
UROP Project: Applications of Computational Geometry in Public Policy
Research_interests: Applied mathematics: Computational geometry, numerical analysis, partial differential equations
Community Involvement: Mathematics tutoring through FSU Academic Center for Excellence
Last Book: The Long Walk by Stephen King
Favorite Meal: Pancakes and Eggs


Michael Spiro

Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Major: Entrepreneurship and Marketing
Career Goals: Start a business focused on social entrepreneurship, be successful, be happy
UROP Project: Studying Political Skill in the business world
Research_interests: Self-sustainable farms, ways to effectively and sustainably assist others in need
Community Involvement: CEO (entrepreneurship club)
Last Book: The Business of the 21st Century by Robert Kiyosaki
Favorite Meal: Pad Thai and dried mango slices


Lindsey Stawowy

Hometown: Cedar Park, Texas
Major: Biology and Environmental Chemistry
Minor: Mathematics
Career Goals: Pursue a career in environmental chemistry or biology
UROP Project: Parent and Teacher Perceptions of Attributes for Success 
Research_interests: My research interest is in ecology.                
Community Involvement: Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity; 2016 Global Scholars Ambassador; 2016 Honors Colloquium Leader; Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society; intramural sports
Last Book: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Favorite Meal: Chicken and waffles


Jackie Steinhauer

Hometown: Jupiter, Florida
Major: Psychology and Pre-Med
Career Goals: I either want to be a neurosurgeon or perform neuroscience research
UROP Project: Do different methods of framing gossip protect or harm our reputations?  
Research_interests: Neuroscience, ADHD, psychology
Community Involvement: Member of Alpha Phi Sorority
Last Book: "Hallucinations" by Oliver Sacks
Favorite Meal: Salmon sashimi


Carson Tappan

Hometown: Louisburg, Kansas
Major: Film Production
Minor: Film Studies
Career Goals: Filmmaker
UROP Project: The Meaning of Home: A Photo-Voice Project
Research_interests: Non-Profits
Community Involvement: UROP, Filmmaking
Last Book: Animal Farm by George Orwell
Favorite Meal: Chicken Strips


Gracie Thaxton

Hometown: St. Augustine, Florida
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience, Mathematics
Minor: Chemistry
Career Goals: Pediatric Neurologist
UROP Project: Technology-Based Mathematics for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Research_interests: Autism, Neuroscience, Psychology
Community Involvement: Autism Speaks, Nu Rho Psi Honor Society, Neuroscience Undergraduate Student Association, Equestrian Team, Garnet and Gold Scholar Society, Academic Recruitment Organization, UROP
Last Book: Misery by Stephen King
Favorite Meal: Any of my mom's cooking


Ryan The he/him

Hometown: Canton, MI
Major: Cell/Molecular Neuroscience and Public Health
Career Goals: Physician
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Biochem and music cognition research
Community Involvement: Beaumont Hospital Student Volunteer, Northridge Church Worship Leader
Last Book: "Atomic Habits," James Clear
Favorite Meal: Mom's cooking :)

Haley Thomasson she/her

Hometown: Iverness, FL
Major: Psychology & Advertising
Career Goals: Work at an advertising firm or as an organization/industrial psychologist "}" style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial;font-style:normal;">Work at an advertising firm or as an organization/industrial psychologist
UROP Project: FSU Speed Dating Project
Research_interests: Interpersonal Relationships and Decision Making
Community Involvement: UROP
Last Book: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Favorite Meal: Anything breakfast


Christopher Torbert

Hometown: Gulf Breeze, Florida
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Career Goals: Physician
UROP Project: Non-invasive Brain Stimulation as a Treatment for PTSD in Combat Veterans
Research_interests: Biology, Psychology, Medicine
Community Involvement: Club Waterpolo, CSU
Last Book: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Favorite Meal: Steak and mashed potatoes


Curtis Turner

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Major: Business
Minor: Mathematics and Spanish
Career Goals: Businessman at a Fortune 500 company
UROP Project: Migration Patterns of Companies' Headquarters
Research_interests: I am interested in behavioral studies.
Community Involvement: Academic Recruitment Organization Member; IM Soccer; Table Tennis Club
Last Book: Grain Brain by David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg
Favorite Meal: Mom's spaghetti with garlic bread


Jakob Tweedel

Hometown: Mandeville, Louisiana
Major: Psychology
Career Goals: Learn Korean and take part in an immersion program to be a clinical psychologist working with youths in South Korea
UROP Project: Strange Loops and Consciousness 
Research_interests: Mental health
Community Involvement: Protesting at the Capitol and helping build homes with Habitat for Humanity 
Last Book: The Dispossesed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Favorite Meal: Seafood Gumbo 


Angeles Urtubey

Hometown: Ocala, Florida
Major: Interior Design
Career Goals: Interior designer for an architecture firm
UROP Project: Cosa Excavations 
Research_interests: History and Classics
Community Involvement: FSU community garden
Last Book: Dune by Frank Herbert
Favorite Meal: Rice with Lamb curry


Joe Uthuppan

Hometown: Venice, Florida
Major: Exercise Physiology
Minor: Chemistry
Career Goals: Medicine
UROP Project: The effect of protein intake on body composition.
Research_interests: Diet and nutrition's effects on preventing chronic illness
Community Involvement: Honors Medical Scholars Co-President/Secretary,  ARO, UROP, Alpha Tau Omega Treasurer/Historian, Garnet and Gold Key, Student Government 69th and 70th Student Human Sciences Senate Seat 3.
Last Book: Epic Measures by Jeremy N. Smith
Favorite Meal: Pizza


Erin Wadhams

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Major: Biology and Creative Writing
Minor: Chemistry
Career Goals: Ecologist or wildlife biologist for the National Park Service or the equivalent in a foreign country; successful novelist
UROP Project: Sexual Selection in Sailfin Mollies
Research_interests: My research interests include biology -- especially ecology, evolution, and animal behavior -- English, creative writing, and art.
Community Involvement: Swim Club; Habitat for Humanity
Last Book: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Favorite Meal: Chicken and rice with Turkish delight and sweet tea


Sarah Wagler

Hometown: Sarasota, Florida
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minor: Spanish
Career Goals: Chemical engineer focused on developing medicines or working in a Third World country
UROP Project: Ultrafast Nonlinear Spectroscopy of Energy Transfer in Photosynthetic Proteins 
Research_interests: My research interest centers around the development of new drugs.                
Community Involvement: American Institute for Chemical Engineers; Marching Chiefs 
Last Book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Favorite Meal:

Molly Walters

Hometown: Maidenhead, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Major: Studio Art
Career Goals: Post-production specialist focusing on queer content
UROP Project: Increasing Accessibility at The Grove Museum
Research_interests: Museum studies, art history, sharing life experiences through film
Community Involvement: Student Publications, JStreet U, and Student Labour Association 
Last Book: Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Favorite Meal: Full English Breakfast

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Rose Walters she/her

Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Major: International Affairs- Concentration: Economics & Chinese- Concentration: Business
Career Goals: U.S. Foreign Service Officer/ International Developer in East Asia/ Social Entrepreneur
UROP Project: Direct Democracy and State Social Policies
Research_interests: Political Science, International Affairs, Psychology
Community Involvement: Experience Church, World Affairs Program (Model United Nations), Legislative Intern to FL House Representative Matthew Willhite- District 86
Last Book: Poor Economics
Favorite Meal: Hibachi steak and fried rice


Bria Weisblat she/her

Hometown: Davie, FL
Major: Information Technology
Career Goals: IT Executive at a Museum; STEM community outreach work
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Business; Social media influence; Women in STEM, Film
Community Involvement: Harvest drive; Kakes for Kids; Camp counselor for gifted youth; Science museum exhibit volunteer
Last Book: Lost Stars
Favorite Meal: Shrimp Tempura and Bubble Tea


Austin Westergom

Hometown: Sebring, Florida
Major: Economics
Minor: Entrepreneurship
Career Goals: Consultant
UROP Project: Cognitive Fear Responses 
Research_interests: My research interests include sports and economics.                
Community Involvement: ATΩ; FSU Homecoming Representative
Last Book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Favorite Meal: Breakfast for dinner


Audrey Wheeler

Hometown: Greensboro, North Carolina
Major: International Affairs; Editing, Writing, and Media
Minor: Concentration in Italian
Career Goals: Political Correspondent for The New York Times
UROP Project: Social Networking Capabilities and Effects of 18-Century Italian Women
Research_interests: Caroline Crane Marsh, women's positions in the 19th century
Community Involvement: FSView & Florida Flambeau, Phi Sigma Pi, National Italian Honors Society
Last Book: The Dark Side by Jane Mayer
Favorite Meal: Taco Bell


Sophie Winer she/her

Hometown: Sarasota, FL
Major: Political Science
Career Goals: Something humanitarian
UROP Project:
Research_interests: Politics, psychology/ early childhood development, the history of revolutions
Community Involvement: Children First Preschool, Teen Court, Rustic Pathways Service Programs
Last Book: The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible by Charles Einstein
Favorite Meal: Anything gluten free ;)

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Finn Wright he/his

Hometown: Orlando, FL
Major: Computer Science / Editing, Writing & Media
Career Goals: software design or journalism
UROP Project: application of media literacy to current events
Research_interests: emerging technologies, political polarization
Community Involvement: service trips and food drives
Last Book: The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
Favorite Meal: lunch

Anna Wuest

Hometown: Port Orange, Florida
Major: Biomathematics
Minor: Environmental Science
Career Goals: To work for an NGO building sustainable infrastructure in developing countries
UROP Project: Marine sponge mediation and surveying in the Gulf of Mexico
Research_interests: The effects of climate change on people in less developed countries and how to address their needs in practical, sustainable ways
Community Involvement: You're Not Alone (YNA), Intramural kickball and soccer, Beyond Borders, Take Back the Tap
Last Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Favorite Meal: Vegetable Lo Mein

Austin Yap

Hometown: Canton, Georgia
Major: Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Career Goals: Specialized pediatrician or a specialized dentist
UROP Project: Structure and Function Analysis of KSHV Virion Proteins                
Research_interests: I love doing research in a hands-on biochemistry lab. In the future, I hope to complete research on cancer-related topics.
Community Involvement: Treasurer of the Broward-Landis-Gilchrist Hall Council; member of the FSU Gymnastics Club Team
Last Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
Favorite Meal: Stuffed shells with lots of freshly shaved parmesan cheese and Alfredo sauce


William Zak

Hometown: Norfolk, Virginia
Major: Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
Minor: Chemistry
Career Goals: Psychiatry or Clinical Psychology
UROP Project: Elucidating the molecular mechanisms in activation and regulation of GBP2
Research_interests: Psychology
Community Involvement: Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, UROP, Best Buddies 
Last Book: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite Meal: Steak and Twice Stuffed Potatoes