Meet the Scholars


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


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


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


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 


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


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


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


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


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)


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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 


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

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